Kathleen Rice Calls Out Washington D.C.'s Double Standard on Sex Allegations
Sexual allegations have been popping up faster than Kevin Spacey's pecker at a high school theater. Some of those unfortunate enough to witness this pervish uprooting have started to notice a pattern. While harassers working in the media or entertainment industries are getting tossed to the wayside, handsy politicians are being given special treatment. Simply because they're politicians. No, really. Just listen to what Dem Congressman, Jim Clyburn, has to say about it.
Rep. Jim Clyburn suggested Wednesday that his House colleague Rep. John Conyers should be held to a different standard when it comes to the possibility of resignation over allegations of sexual assault, saying that Conyers' status as an elected member of Congress places him in a different category from media and entertainment figures who have had similar accusations leveled against them.
Reporters offer[ed] names of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and TV anchors Charlie Rose and Matt Lauer [as examples].
"Who elected them?" Clyburn replied ... Clyburn, in an interview, cast doubt on the accounts of Conyers' accusers. "You can't jump to conclusions with these types of things ... For all I know, all of this could be made up."
... So that makes Jim Clyburn 0 for 2 today. Protip: to avoid looking like a pompous rear end, consider muting thyself. See also Top Ranking Democrat Congressman: John Conyers Accusers are All White
Thankfully there's a glimmer of sanity among politicians on this one. Take it away, Kathleen Rice.
Firstly, sexual harassment should never be tolerated (read Confused About What IS and IS NOT Sexual Harassment? Let's Break it Down...). But Clyburn suggested Congress should be held to a different standard because they were elected. On that we're agreed. Officials should be held to a higher standard because they were elected. To represent the people. Not given a free pass because, well, they were elected and that means they're special. Please grab all the boobs.
We've seen what happens when Congress is given special treatment on the matter of dirty deeds (see This Law Lets Congress Settle Sexual Harassment Cases Secretly. Guess Who Foots the Bill...). Such grabby-handed corruption has long been festering within politics and media. Time to cut out the infectious boil.
Fire these idiots.