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When should a leader be told to resign?

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned Aug. 17. We got the alerts from our pop-ups and scrolls ― "Cuomo Resigns Amid Scandals, Ending Decade-Long Run in Disgrace" ― but in the end the timing means less than the outcome.

It may as well have happened earlier, after the New York governor's pattern of sexual harassment had been baked in the hot sun of a state attorney general's report and after his support had peeled away like old paint.

The "when" and "whether" surrounding the voluntary severance of a public servant from a position are often unclear ― such people are reluctant to let go and sometimes right to resist ― but the mismatch of power and personal integrity is rarely as clear as it grew to be understood in Cuomo's case. In saying that he didn't realize the extent to which the lines he crossed "had been redrawn," he essentially admitted that he acted toward women as he did because he believed he could.

That's different only in tone from the vulgar words that led the Star Tribune Editorial Board to call for Donald Trump to drop out of the presidential race in 2016. No legitimate leader can act in a manner that holds half the........

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