Okay, so when did the Grand Old Party, the Republican Party, become the party of sexual predator protection? There was the Access Hollywood tape… gee, that was just “lock room talk.” “Boys will be boys.” Women came forward, but the GOP marched on to an electoral college victory. The President stands credibly accused by a former Playboy model, a porn star/director, and others. What’s the expression? “A fish rots from the head down.” The Republicans stood by him.
Roy Moore wanted a seat in the US Senate. Republicans supported him… in the face of credible accusations of sexual misconduct with minors. Moore lost, to the credit of the citizens of Alabama who didn’t buy into the idea that the man is always right, the woman is always hysterical (and wrong), and it’s not “right” to ruin a man’s reputation — even if the man did a banner job of wrecking the woman’s life and reputation.
Where was Rep. Jim Jordan’s attention when members of the wrestling team at OSU were being assaulted? He didn’t know? How do assistant coaches — those who are actually the closest to team members — not know? How do they not report what they know or suspect? Did he not care enough to investigate rumors? Check on what team members were saying? Where are the Republicans? Where are the calls for a full investigation in addition to the one conducted by the university?
Former Congressman Blake Farenthold said he was going to pay $84,000 in a sexual harassment settlement; he ultimately decided to pay — absolutely nothing. Nothing. Where are his fellow Republicans calling for him to live up to his agreement? Crickets. Silence. There is no reason to believe the Republicans will do anything to rectify this situation.
And here in Nevada — Storey County Sheriff Gerald Antinoro was the subject of investigations for sexual misconduct. AG Adam Laxalt decided not to press any charges, and accepted Antinoro’s endorsement in the gubernatorial race. From the Republicans? More crickets…silence…acceptance…a willingness to look away, to let boys be boys, to dismiss locker room talk, to set the lowest bar possible for men’s conduct. No accountability. No responsibility. No consequences.
So, when did the GOP become the party protecting the likes of Brett Kavanaugh? When did Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell know there were more than just the one allegation of sexual misconduct facing Kavanaugh? Were the Republicans shoving the confirmation vote in order to get Kavanaugh (Trump’s Get Out Of Jail Free Card) on the bench before more women came forward with their stories?
Enough! Contrary to what some Republicans have tried to tell me via my television screen, most high school boys (both back in the Jurassic Era during my attendance and today) are not sexual predators in training — or practice. Some are, but that’s why these cases are “news” — they are not the standard, or even the most common practice. Yes, there are employers who are guilty of sexual misconduct — an inordinate number of whom seem to have served on the Republican National Committee finance arm — but, this is not the norm. These examples are outside the bounds of acceptable conduct, and they should be seen as such.
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