The Democratic and Republican parties are not the same, despite the popularity in certain circles of statements that say otherwise. Not only are there massive gaps in platform and legislative votes, but in how they handle misconduct among their elected members.
Take, for example, politicians outed as harassers or sexual assaulters. While Democrats introduce the men among their ranks who have credible allegations of assaulted leveled at them to a rapidly moving bus, Republicans do the opposite, rallying around them. Democrats turned on Anthony Weiner, and now they’re turning on Sen. Franken as well. Meanwhile, Republicans are rallying around accused child molester Roy Moore – and Trump himself, the leader of the Republican Party, has allegations against him by more than 16 women. He’s also admitted to sexually assaulting women in own words. When he said, “when you’re a star, you can grab them by the pussy,” he was saying, “If you have enough power, women will be silent in the face of sexual assault.”
Now, Democrats are attempting to use the high ground to launch attacks against Donald Trump. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who is not a Democrat but caucuses with Democrats, just renewed his call for Donald Trump to remove himself from office, saying on “Meet The Press,” “Here you have a president who has been accused by many women of assault, who says on a tape that he assaulted women. He might want to think about [resigning].”
This follows earlier comments by Sanders:
Of course, he never will. Donald Trump (and the GOP by extension) doesn’t care about sexual assault victims, and he has no shame. The only time Trump cares about a victim of assault or harassment is if that victim is useful as a political weapon against his opponents. A man who candidly and gleefully admits to assaulting women on tape is not a man who is ashamed of his actions. Not only that, but Republicans still overwhelmingly support Donald Trump. Those comments were discovered a year ago.
If you want evidence that the “take the high road” approach isn’t winning the Democrats any ground, check out the replies to the tweet by Sanders:
It’s important to remember that after Trump described himself as a person who sexually assaults women, more than 16 women came forward to say “yes, he initiated non-consensual contact with me.” We know that Trump’s words weren’t just “locker room talk.” He’s even been accused of rape by his ex-wife.
Bernie Sanders joins other prominent Senators in his calls for Donald Trump to step down. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), notably the only sitting U.S. Senator to endorse Bernie Sanders during the 2016 campaign. The Washington Post reports,
Sanders’s comment, which built on a tweet he sent last week, came after Democratic Sens. Jeff Merkley (Ore.) and Cory Booker (N.J.) suggested that the “#MeToo moment” should prompt another look at the women who accused Trump of sexual harassment during the 2016 presidential campaign.
“The president should resign because he certainly has a track record with more than 17 women of horrific conduct,” Merkley said last week in an interview for the weekday version of “Meet the Press.”
On Saturday, during his campaign swing as part of Alabama’s U.S. Senate race, Booker told Vice News that the standard that brought down Franken should be applied to the president.
If Democrats believe that this will lead to any actual results, they are mistaken. Republicans only believe in sexual assault when it’s done by a Democrat.
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