Anti-Trump NY Attorney General Resigns Amid Allegations of Brutal Abuse
More than a few liberal attorneys general have tried to make a name for themselves in the Trump era, but not many of them have been as insufferable as New York’s AG, Eric Schneiderman. Rarely going more than a week without commenting on the president or threatening to file some trivial lawsuit against the administration, Schneiderman’s desire to launch a national political career through the #Resistance was transparent. And it might have worked, were it not for those meddling journalists at The New Yorker.
Hours after a disturbing tale of physical abuse was published on the magazine’s website on Monday, however, Schneiderman’s political career was effectively over. After some not-so-subtle encouragement from his fellow Democrats, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, Schneiderman realized that his status as Warrior Against Trump was not going to save him from a very public downfall.
“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 a statement. “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.”
After the article came out about Schneiderman’s pattern of physical abuse of women, sharp-eyed Twitter users combed back through President Trump’s account to find that he predicted the AG’s fall from grace five years ago. In a 2013 tweet, Trump wrote, “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.”
If the allegations made by four women in The New Yorker piece are accurate, Schneiderman does indeed seem a bit worse than those other two disgraced NY politicians. Several direct quotes from the women provide a harrowing look at this guy’s true character, and it’s not pretty.
“It was horrendous,” said Schneiderman’s ex-girlfriend Michelle Manning Barish about the time he slapped her. “It just came out of nowhere. My ear was ringing. I lost my balance and fell backward onto the bed. I sprang up, but at this point there was very little room between the bed and him. I got up to try to shove him back, or take a swing, and he pushed me back down. He then used his body weight to hold me down, and he began to choke me. The choking was very hard. It was really bad. I kicked. In every fiber, I felt I was being beaten by a man.”
If President Trump had the inside gossip track on the AG’s private behavior on Twitter in 2013, his son had perhaps the best response to the new allegations on the same platform.
Delving back into Schneiderman’s account for a tweet against the Trump administration in which the AG said: “Nobody is above the law,” Donald Trump Jr. wrote: “You were saying???”