Democrats who never let a serious crisis go to waste understand there’s more than one way to scare a cat.
In the wake of U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s announced resignation after eight women came forward to accuse the Democrat of sexual misconduct, a move skeptics said was a necessary sacrifice in order to rehash accusations leveled against President Donald Trump, an unlikely voice has emerged to say his accusers should be heard.
U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday to say she was “incredibly proud of the women” who had come forward to name members of Congress engaged in sexual misconduct, which led to the inevitable question.
Nikki Haley says that women who accuse anyone of sexual misconduct deserve to be heard, including those accusing Trump. pic.twitter.com/qMs9fbg65V
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 10, 2017
With the president having faced similar accusations during the 2016 election, Haley was asked about the women who accused him.
“Women who accuse anyone should be heard,” she said. “They should be heard, they should be dealt with. I think we heard from them prior to the election and I think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up.”
Host John Dickerson asked if Trump winning the 2016 election settled the issue and Haley said “that’s for the people to decide.”
“I know that he was elected,” she added, “but, women should always feel comfortable coming forward. We should all be willing to listen to them.”
Setting the tone, “Saturday Night Live” included Trump in a sketch that featured Kenan Thompson as a would-be Santa and Kate McKinnon as his elfin assistant. A young girl asked if Trump was on the “naughty list” along with Franken and, while Santa wanted no part of the question, McKinnon’s elf reminded viewers how many accusers there are against the president.
“Nineteen accusers. Google it,” she said.
Right on cue, women who have accused Trump of inappropriate behavior will hold a press conference on Monday to call for a congressional investigation of their claims, according to CBS News.
NEW: Women who have publicly accused President Trump of sexual harassment and assault will speak at a news conference, hosted by @bravenewfilms, Monday at 10:30 a.m. ET. The women are calling for an investigation by Congress of sexual misconduct by the president. pic.twitter.com/MSPevMF0os
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 11, 2017
NBC News will air a live TV interview with three women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct on Monday, with anchor Megyn Kelly asking the questions.
Two Democratic senators have also called for Trump to resign.
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, and Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley, cited accusations against Trump over the weekend in calling for him to step down, CNN eagerly reported.
And this is but the first wave. Expect the cacophony of such calls to reach a crescendo in the coming days.
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