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    Vice President Kamala Harris has been known for echoing the #MeToo movement’s slogan “Believe All Women” throughout the 2018 confirmation hearings, demanding Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh be impeached in the wake of sexual misconduct claims, and urging Americans to “get to work holding our leaders accountable”.

    Vice President Kamala Harris has been criticised for deflecting questions surrounding the sexual harassment scandal implicating New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, after a sixth woman has coming forward to accuse him of misconduct.

    As Harris briefly spoke with reporters after House lawmakers passed the Senate version of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, she was asked to weigh in on the allegations against Cuomo.

    The Vice President, however, walked out of the press conference on Wednesday, refusing to speak out.

    ​The Democrat governor, who faces calls to quit for covering up thousands of deaths caused by his policy of discharging COVID-19 patients into nursing homes, has also found himself embroiled in a sex scandal.

    Several women have accused the governor of sexual harassment and other inappropriate conduct.

    More recently, the Albany Times-Union reported that a female former aide claimed Cuomo had groped her during an encounter at the governor’s mansion last year.

    However, while earlier Kamala Harris was known for her resolute calls to take to task Republican officials facing similar allegations, she currently displays a reluctance to condemn Cuomo.

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    Demonstrators gather outside the New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's office calling for his resignation, in the Manhattan borough of New York

    The stance is seen as a starkly different from her resolute condemnation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and former Democratic Sen. Al Franken when they faced allegations of sexual misconduct.

    Then-presidential contender Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) had urged a formal impeachment inquiry into Brett Kavanaugh in the wake of new sexual misconduct claims against the Supreme Court justice in 2019.

    Harris had called on the government to investigate whether Kavanaugh lied under oath during his confirmation hearing in 2018 after three woman accused him of sexual assault.

    The then-senator had also led calls for Sen. Al Franken to resign when he was accused of sexual misconduct in 2018.

    “Sexual harassment and misconduct should not be allowed by anyone,” Harris had tweeted.

    ​Netizens decried the blatant silence from Kamala Harris regarding the Cuomo sex allegations row.

    As the sex scandal gains steam, with New York State Attorney General Letitia James launching an investigation into the claims, Governor Cuomo has said he will not resign and has denied any wrongdoing.

    "As I said yesterday, I have never done anything like this. The details of this report are gut-wrenching. I am not going to speak to the specifics of this or any other allegation given the ongoing review, but I am confident in the result of the Attorney General’s report," said Andrew Cuomo in response to the Times-Union’s report.

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