In the last week or so, many women have stepped out and reported cases of sexual assault first in Hollywood and then in Washington DC. Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose, Louis CK, and Al Franken, all liberals were accused of various levels of sexual misconduct, revealing to the nation that sexual assault is pervasive in the work place, even among the world’s most powerful and celebrated individuals.
This issue permeates both sides of the aisle; however, specific cases reveal that the left remains more critical of the perpetrators and sympathetic to the victims. For example, Republican Candidate Roy Moore, who was once the favorite to win Alabama’s vacant Senate position, has been accused by multiple women of taking advantage of teenage girls while in his thirties. Moore was banned from an Alabama mall for preying on teens there.
Even though the Republican National Convention, many Senators including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Alabama’s biggest newspaper have all condemned Moore, not all Republicans have withdrawn their support. Namely, President Donald Trump, who bragged on camera about sexually assaulting women and has 16 female accusers himself, refused to condemn this pervert. Other Republicans that are not convinced that these allegations have any credibility include Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Mike Pence.
When asked if an accused child molester is better than a Democrat, he said that Moore denies it, so he’s sticking with Moore. He added that the Democratic Candidate Doug Jones’ record is “terrible on crime, it’s terrible on the border, and it’s terrible on the military.” Conversely, Doug Jones actually initially became relevant for convicting the Klu Klux Klan members that brutally blew up an African-American church filled with little girls in 1963 – so his claims inevitably have little merit. He has dedicated his entire life to public service and represents a step away from Alabama’s racist past, but Trump cannot allow him to win because that’s one less vote for his tax plan.
At least liberals are unanimously condemning the accused in their own party, even though it might hurt them in the end. For instance, Al Franken’s Minnesota Senate seat is very important for Democrats, yet they condemn him for sexual misconduct even though the accusations he currently faces pale in comparison to Moore’s. In addition, Harvey Weinstein has been a long-standing, critical donor to Democratic campaigns, yet the left unanimously turned against him when all of these allegations came to light.
Society’s reprehension of sexual assault must be strong from the top down, as well as the bottom up. However, when the president, as he did with the protests in Charlottesville, refuses to unequivocally condemn those responsible, these acts spell a reversal for any forward progress. Calling women “special” does not help anyone, but speaking out against sexual misconduct and leading the country by example would most definitely help. It’s probably one of the easier things a president has to do, yet Donald Trump cannot seem to do it.