Participating in the #MeToo social media campaign launched in the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal in Hollywood, four female US senators shared their own experiences.
…though the Democrats came up short on naming the perpetrators of the alleged mistreatment.
NBC’s “Meet The Press” asked all 21 female U.S. senators if they were willing to share personal stories they may have about inappropriate behavior. Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. , took them up on the offer.
The moral of the story being that even the most powerful women in government have dealt with sexual harassment.
Warren recounted a dramatic experience she had as a former law professor, when she was invited to the office of a senior faculty member.
“He slammed the door and lunged for me. It was like a bad cartoon,” she said. “He’s chasing me around the desk, trying to get his hands on me.”
Revered as a hero by progressive America, Warren said the thought that went through her mind at the time was, “If he gets a hold of me, I’m going to punch him right in the face!”
“I told my best friend about it and never said a word to anyone else,” she said.
We can only wonder if this faculty member is still preying on unsuspecting women.
McCaskill was a bit more revealing about who she was referring to as she explained what happened to her as a young Missouri state lawmaker when she sought advice on moving legislation along.
“I cautiously approached the very powerful speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives,” she explained. “He looked and me and paused and he said, ‘Well, did you bring your knee pads?’”
“I do think he was joking,” McCaskill added, “but it was shocking that he would make that joke to a colleague.”
Heitkamp shared what may be the most damning, if not telling, testimony about men in general.
The Democratic lawmaker said that as a state attorney general focused on domestic violence, a law enforcement official approached her at an event.
“Listen here, men will always beat their wives and you can’t stop ‘em,” Heitkamp said the man told her as he “put his finger in my face.”
The full segment of the “Meet The Press” feature can be seen below:
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