While many conservatives have wondered about the outrage on the left about accused sexual harassers like Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, and now, Al Franken, at least one feminist group is making its mark by doing something different this time: Being morally consistent.
The story arose when sports commentator Leeann Tweeden accused Franken of groping her “without my consent” during a USO tour of Vietnam in December of 2006.
“How dare anyone grab my breasts like this and think it’s funny?” she said.
Franken issued a response, which many declared did not go far enough:
NEW Stmt from @SenFranken: “I certainly don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann.”
Says he “shouldn’t have done” the picture. pic.twitter.com/cJ0avgDroM
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) November 16, 2017
Women’s March activists, no fans of the right by any stretch of the imagination, issued their own statement about Al Franken after the Democratic Senator from Minnesota was hit with accusations of “groping” and “forcible kissing.”
Sexual harassment and assault is not a partisan issue. It is not about politics. @SenFranken should be held accountable for his actions. We have a duty to believe and support survivors, always.
— Women's March (@womensmarch) November 16, 2017
The tweet reads:
Sexual harassment and assault is not a partisan issue. It is not about politics.
@SenFranken should be held accountable for his actions. We have a duty to believe and support survivors, always.
While it is laudable that Women’s March is attempting to be consistent, there are some glaring problems with its statement.
Former President Bill Clinton has been accused of serious sexual assault crimes by female victims like Juanita Broaddrick, but Clinton continues to be championed by Democrats. Women’s March was not nearly as vocal about presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, even though she “stood by her man” and even played a role in discrediting Bill Clinton’s accusers.
Then there’s the matter of due process. No matter what one thinks about Franken or Moore politically, they are afforded due process, and false claims have been known to happen. Media outlets shouldn’t be allowed to “take out” political opposition with inopportunely timed claims, especially those dating back decades, because it subverts the election process.
That isn’t to say that such claims shouldn’t be vigorously investigated and prosecuted in a court of law if they have merit.
Senate Majority Mitch McConnell has launched such an investigation against Senator Franken:
“As with all credible allegations of sexual harassment or assault, I believe the Ethics Committee should review the matter. I hope the Democratic Leader will join me on this,” McConnell said. “Regardless of party, harassment and assault are completely unacceptable—in the workplace or anywhere else.”
Absolutely true. Everyone gets their day in court, whether it’s Roy Moore or Senator Al Franken, at least in regards to the full extent of the claims. As we can see with our own eyes, however, Franken can demonstrably be proven to have violated Tweeden’s rights.
Let’s see if the media can be intellectually and morally consistent, while respecting due process and aggressively investigating all sexual abuse claims.
This article was updated after publication.
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