“I continue to stand with Jean Kim and support her demands for justice.
I’ve spent the last 48 hours reflecting on the leadership needed in this moment and beyond. Words can’t even begin to describe how it feels to know a survivor has to continually relive and share traumatic moments under public scrutiny. This was the reason I chose not to wait for the press conference to validate Jean Kim.
Believing survivors means believing them — and standing with them — from the very beginning. New York City is a village of survivors. To see the outpour of support for Jean Kim was a reminder of how strong the women of this City are for each other. My heart goes out to Jean Kim for everything she is enduring in this moment. She has my full and unequivocal support.
I’m also laser focused on the race at hand, because the last two days only underscore how much is at stake to build an equitable and just city. Unfortunately, it has also become clear that Scott Stringer refuses to take real accountability, and is using this moment to cause more harm. That alone disqualifies him from governing in this city. Running for office is a great privilege, as is holding office. Neither is a right. Our campaigns should evoke hope and possibility, not triggers and fears.