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ANALYSIS: Democrats Have a Widespread Sexual Misconduct Problem

It’s not just Bill Clinton anymore. Democrats across the country are accused of sexual misconduct, and the party’s response has been terribly weak.

By NTK Staff | 11.28.2017 @1:00pm
ANALYSIS: Democrats Have a Widespread Sexual Misconduct Problem

For decades, Democrats defended the sexual misdeeds of Bill Clinton with gusto. “Drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find,” Clinton strategist James Carville famously said of one of Clinton’s accusers.

Today, women across the country are speaking out about sexual misconduct at the hands of politicians, Hollywood executives, comedians, and others.

But while much has changed since the days Bill Clinton’s accusers were in the news, Democrats’ response to these allegations have largely stayed the same.

Al Franken

Faced with allegations he forced himself on one woman and groped another, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) held a press conference Monday in Washington in which he addressed the accusations against him. His hometown paper, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, was not impressed.

“He seems to be saying, ‘I’m sorry for what you think I did,’” the paper’s editorial board wrote Monday night.

The Minnesota Democrat said in one interview it was important “that we listen to women,” but then refuted the story of Leeann Tweeden, the USO entertainer who accused him of shoving his tongue down her throat during a rehearsed “kiss.” He recalls “a normal rehearsal,” but didn’t elaborate. On the subsequent allegations of women who say he groped them during photos — specifically, that he grabbed their buttocks — Franken apologized, but for what, exactly?

He said he does not recall groping and said he “would never intentionally” squeeze or grope a woman but often hugs people. Is he suggesting these women could not distinguish between a friendly embrace and groping? Or that at his age he somehow groped unintentionally? Can one credibly apologize for acts without acknowledging they occurred?

Nancy Pelosi

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) settled a case of sexual harassment from years ago by using taxpayer dollars. More accusers have emerged in recent days, but none of that earned a rebuke from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

During an appearance on “Meet The Press,” Pelosi was “a profile in squishiness,” according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She questioned the accusers rather than believing their stories.

Instead of saying “I believe her” of the women who have made similar accusations against Conyers, she said, “I don’t know who they are. Do you? They have not really come forward.”

Pelosi is being squeezed by various House Democratic factions, including the Black Caucus, of which Conyers was a founder. Young Turks have had it in not only for Conyers but for Pelosi as well, saying new faces are needed in leadership. Pelosi tried to tiptoe along the tightrope. She fell spectacularly.

Al Green

Things have gotten so toxic for Democrats on Capitol Hill that one congressman, Rep. Al Green (D-TX), put out a preemptive statement denying sexual assault allegations from a 2008 incident involving his former district director, Lucinda Daniels. The two put out a joint statement Monday denying the charges.

In 2008, Daniels publicly accused Green of forcing her to have sex with him. Green retaliated with a lawsuit maintaining the sex was consensual and claiming she threatened to sue him for workplace discrimination unless he paid her.

Eventually, both parties dropped their accusations against each other and issued a joint statement similar to Monday’s.

And a whole lot more…

An Ohio Democrat running for governor published a Facebook post earlier this month claiming, “In the last fifty years I was sexually intimate with approximately 50 very attractive females. It ranged from a gorgeous blonde who was my first true love and we made passionate love in the hayloft of her parents barn and ended with a drop dead gorgeous red head from Cleveland.”

In California, a high-ranking Democrat who allegedly groped a fellow staffer in 2009, resigned while denying the accusations. “But clearly, the principle of ‘innocent until proven guilty’ has been temporarily lost in a hurricane of political opportunism among the self-righteous in my case – to the detriment of both the accuser and the accused,” he wrote, according to NBC Los Angeles.

In Florida, the Democratic Party Chairman resigned after six women complained of “demeaning” behavior.

One state lawmaker in Colorado said another, Rep. Steve Lebsock, “discussed sexual acts and tried to grab her by the elbow and get her to leave with him.” He claims to not remember the incident.

And in Minnesota, a Democrat state senator is accused by multiple women of improper sexual conduct, including inappropriate touching and text messages.

Widespread accusations

Democrats have long accused Republicans of waging a war on women. And while some Republicans have been implicated in similar sexual misconduct, it will be very telling to see how Democrats respond in the coming weeks and months to the widespread accusations in their own ranks.

A failure to adequately address these issues could potentially alienate millions of women whom Democrats rely upon at the ballot box.

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