Ep. 38 Andrews in Power, Why so Bad?
This week on the Carolina Snowflakes Podcast we’re discussing an unusual observation involving powerful men named Andrew. Why do they always turn out to be so bad? Is it the name? Is it the power? Is it a complex algorithm combining the two with a force of nature beyond our understanding? Eh, it’s probably just coincidence, but this week we’re going to pretend it’s a pattern as we examine 4 famous Andrews and their badness.
We begin with the recent scandals surrounding New York governor, Andrew Cuomo (Handsy Andy). Like many Americans we were shocked as one woman after another stepped forward in recent months accusing Andrew of misconduct and questionable behavior towards the females in his life. How could the guy who won an International Emmy for his daily Covid briefings during a time when national leadership was otherwise a joke also be a total dog? Turns out, this ain’t Cuomo’s first rodeo when it comes to questionable behavior.
Our 2nd bad Andrew in power is the one and only Prince Andrew, Duke of York. We have a soft spot for British folks, but this guy is a real piece of work. In 2019 the Liar Prince sat down with the BBC to explain his longtime friendship with convicted diddler and child trafficker, Jeffrey Epstein. The interview is one of the most cringe-worthy things we’ve ever seen, as Prince Andrew attempts to “explain away” the countless accusations of his own involvement in Epstein’s crimes in a sweaty, stuttering, fumbling mess. Did he really think anyone would believe him? Power seems to make certain Andrews rather delusional.
Our 3rd Andrew in power, and therefore bad, is the 7th president of the United States, Andrew Jackson. By far the worst decision Andrew Jackson ever made as president was to sign the 1830 Indian Removal Act, whereby 100,000 Native Americans were forced from their lands in the southeastern U.S. by the federal government and were marched 1,000 miles west. This march would become known as the Trail of Tears as thousands died along the way.
And if you thought the 7th president was bad, wait til you hear about the 17th president of the United States, Andrew Johnson. 10 out of 10 historians agree, Johnson is the worst president in American history. Yes, even worse than the tangerine tyrant himself. Johnson was a rude, crude, openly hateful racist from Raleigh, NC, who ushered in a wave of Jim Crow laws following Lincoln’s assassination – arguably causing the multi-generational disparities between white and Black people still witnessed to this day.
Is it the name? Is it the power? Is it both? Andrews in Power. Why so bad?
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