I'm not condoning Conyers or Franken. What they did is wrong, regardless of how great they were on the legislative front. Nevertheless, I don't understand how anyone -- regardless of their political leanings -- can support someone who clearly engaged in sexual misconduct.
Trump, for example, infamously stated -- on tape -- that "You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. I just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything...Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything." On top of Trump being accused of sexually harassing women and making lewd comments about their appearances on record, Ivana Trump also accused the president of raping her.
Regarding Moore -- Yes, Moore lost the senate race last night, but he was never pressured enough to actually leave the race, as many (again, not all) Republicans supported him. And Moore has been accused of sexual harassing/assaulting several women. According to the New York Daily News, "A retired Alabama police officer said she was told to keep an eye on Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore back in the 1980s because he was known to harass teenage cheerleaders at local school ballgames...'We were also told to watch him at the ballgames and make sure that he didn’t hang around the cheerleaders,' Faye said. 'The rumor was that Roy Moore likes young girls,' she added. 'It was not only in our department but at the courthouse, too.'"
Republicans also seem split on whether Farenthold should resign, even though, according to the NYT, "He was sued over accusations of sexual harassment three years ago, paid out an $84,000 settlement, financed by taxpayers, and has an open Ethics Committee investigation into his behavior. Yet only a few Republicans have called for his resignation."
It seems the only Republican forced to resign among sexual conduct allegations is Trent Franks. Is there something I'm missing? I'm genuinely confused.
EDIT: First of all, thank you to everyone thus far who has commented and/or discussed this topic with me! I'm learning a lot from this conversation. One issue that's been frequently coming up is proof vs. allegation. A common argument that's been made is that Republicans require proof before relinquishing support, whereas Democrats do not. In Franken's case, there's a photograph of him groping a sleeping woman. The proof is there. But I wonder, if Franken were a Republican, would his party stop backing him? There's also the argument of allegation vs. conviction. While Farenthold wasn't convicted, he did settle a sexual harassment lawsuit with taxpayer money. Doesn't that, to at least SOME extent, factor into proof of the allegation? Someone mentioned that resigning is an admittance of guilt (like in both Conyer's and Franken's case). But isn't settling a lawsuit with money also an admittance of guilt?
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Other big losers include all the liberals who donated so much money to this race. That’s less money on hand next year!