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Virtue-Signaling Flashbacks: Comments By NY AG Accused Of Abusing Women Come Back To Haunt Him

In a dizzying sequence of events on Monday, the left-wing litigation hero and #MeToo champion New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was accused by four women of having physically abused them, was urged to resign by fellow Democrat New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and announced his resignation — all in less than four hours. Just a few months ago, Schneiderman was setting himself up as a #MeToo champion and assuring the citizens of his state that he was there to “protect New Yorkers from those who would do them harm.”

Schniederman firmly established his #MeToo credentials by suing the man who infamously prompted the movement, Harvey Weinstein, and his former company. The now-former AG made sure to get in some good virtue-signaling public comments in the process.

“Every New Yorker has a right to a workplace free of sexual harassment, intimidation, and fear,” Scheiderman declared when he first filed the lawsuit in February.

Since Donald Trump’s upset victory, Schneiderman has attempted to oppose his administration at every turn and couched his actions in terms of heroically attempting to “protect” New Yorkers from “those who would do them harm.”

“We try and protect New Yorkers from those who would do them harm,” he said at the end of last year. Now at least four women are saying that they needed protection from him.

Here’s the New York Times singing Schneiderman’s praises back in December (h/t John Sexton):

Eric Schneiderman, New York’s attorney general, reached a milestone of sorts recently.

By moving to sue the Federal Communications Commission over net neutrality this month, his office took its 100th legal or administrative action against the Trump administration and congressional Republicans. His lawyers have challenged Mr. Trump’s first, second and third travel bans and sued over such diverse matters as a rollback in birth control coverage and a weakening of pollution standards. They have also unleashed a flurry of amicus briefs and formal letters, often with other Democratic attorneys general, assailing legislation they see as gutting consumer finance protections or civil rights.

“We try and protect New Yorkers from those who would do them harm,” Mr. Schneiderman said during a recent interview in his Manhattan office.

But some at least have seen through the virtue-signaling veneer of Schneiderman; in fact, his nemesis has apparently seen through it for years. Over three years before he became the favorite target of Schneiderman, Trump made an ominous comment about the embattled former AG that many are calling another Trumpian “prophecy.” A 2013 Trump tweet highlighted by the Washington Times suggests that Trump knew something incriminating about Scheiderman back then, tying his behavior to two infamous Democrats, Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer, whose careers were likewise derailed by sex scandals.

“Weiner is gone, Spitzer is gone – next will be lightweight A.G. Eric Schneiderman. Is he a crook? Wait and see, worse than Spitzer or Weiner,” wrote Trump.

After Cuomo called on him to resign, Schneiderman issued a statement on Monday saying he had acquiesced.

“It’s been my great honor and privilege to serve as attorney general for the people of the State of New York,” Schneiderman said. “In the last several hours, serious allegations, which I strongly contest, have been made against me.”

“While these allegations are unrelated to my professional conduct or the operations of the office, they will effectively prevent me from leading the office’s work at this critical time. I therefore resign my office, effective at the close of business on May 8, 2018.”

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