By John Ubaldi, To view the adberidged version go to In Homeland Security News—
Last year the nation was engulfed in a bitter confirmation battle as to whether Brett Kavanaugh was qualified to be nominated to the U.S. Supreme court after allegations surfaced he may have engaged in sexual misconduct forty years ago even though no evidence was presented to corroborate the accusations against him.
On Wednesday, information appeared via a report by the New York Times of various women leveling accusations against Vermont Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders which had occurred during the 2016 presidential campaign in which several women working for him complained they had experienced sexual harassment, suffered unequal pay disparities, where targeted by campaign officials, with none of these accusations adequately addressed.
CNN Questioned Sanders about Misconduct Allegations
When pressed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper on “Anderson Cooper 360” if he had been unaware of these allegations or had been aware of them his response was, “Yes, I was little bit busy running around the country trying to make the case.”
Sanders continued to respond, “I am not going to sit here and tell you that we did everything right in terms of human resources, in terms of addressing the needs that I’m hearing from now, that various women felt they were disrespected, that there was sexual harassment which was not dealt with as effectively as possible.”
The question that needs to be asked especially in light of how Kavanaugh was subjected to, why didn’t Cooper press Sanders harder especially considering his response that he was “too busy,” why the easy treatment on Sanders but not Kavanaugh?
Sanders Faces Less Media Scrutiny than Kavanaugh
Would any Republican have been able to respond in such a cavalier manner that “I was too busy,” would any Republican be able to get away with such a nonchalant response? Why hasn’t the media continue to press Sanders on what he knew and when did he know it, this was a far different coverage on how the media treated Kavanaugh, why the unequal treat?
Is there a double standard with regard to sexual misconduct, for Democrats but not for Republicans or anyone affiliated with them?
Once this story broke, very little attention has been played in obtaining a better accounting of what these various women alleged to have happened while working on the Sanders campaign; would this have been the case if accusations were made against a Republican or anybody else?
Throughout the whole #MeToo movement we were told all woman should be heard but most importantly must be believed, but then why the lack of coverage by the media or those advocating for the rights of woman? Where are all the protests across the country and in Washington that were so prevalent during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing? Everyone is eerily silent!
Democratic Senator’s Staffer Resigns over Misconduct
This was not the first Democrat to face this sort of sexual misconduct allegation, last month it was revealed that California Democrat U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris’s longtime senior staff member had resigned after it was revealed by the Sacramento Bee that a $400,000 sexual harassment and retaliation settlement was paid out resulting from his work with Harris at the California Department of Justice, and he had worked before his resignation as one of her senior advisors in the U.S. Senate.
This lawsuit was filed in Dec 2016, while Harris was still attorney general, preparing to be sworn in as the new Democratic senator from California, it was finally concluded by her replacement Xavier Becerra issuing a payout utilizing tax payer money.
In the lawsuit the victim, Danielle Hartley suffered from panic attacks and depression, plus developed a pinched nerve which required surgery. Hartley filed a complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and when she sued the Department of Justice which provided her no accommodations forcing her to take medical leave.
Harris spokeswoman Lily Adams in written email stated, “We were unaware of this issue and take accusations of harassment extremely seriously. This evening, Mr. Wallace offered his resignation to the senator and she accepted it.”
As part of the settlement Danielle Hartley the victim resigned her position and agreed not to seek employment with the Department of Justice, agreed to a non-disclosure clause, forbidding any discussion of the matter of settlement and notifying the media of the settlement.
Harris was one of the main opponents of Kavanaugh nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, and used her position on the Senate Judiciary Committee to intensely question him especially after allegations surfaced of sexual misconduct.
Harris not Held to Same Standards as Others
Why was Harris not held to the same standard, why was minimal coverage given this when it first surface last month? Harris stated she wasn’t told about it from CA Justice Department officials, was this a way to preserve her deniability to protect her potential presidential ambitions or she knew about it but figured a nondisclosure requirement would forever bury the issue. Both accounts pose troubling questions for Harris.
Why wasn’t she pressed on the issue in the same manner she and others pressed Kavanaugh?
Would a Republican have been able to say they were unaware and everyone accepting that answer? Would everyone accept a Republican who utilized taxpayer money to pay the sexual harassment settlement? Finally would it not be an issue into how Hartley was treated if Harris and Becerra where a Republican?
Democrats elected Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations
Even during last year’s mid-term election four Democrats were elected into office facing serious sexual misconduct allegations, House Reps. Keith Ellison, Tony Cárdenas and Bobby Scott, and Sen. Bob Menendez, all will now serve in the Congress and the Senate with Ellison being elected to serve as Attorney General in Minnesota.
The reaction of the State’s Democratic Party pale in comparison to what they stated with regard to Kavanaugh. Chairman of Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) Ken Martin made a statement, “I don’t believe her,” referring to Karen Monahan, Ellison’s former girlfriend who made the original accusations.
Attorneys hired by the Minnesota’s Democratic Party stated claims of domestic abuse were “unsubstantiated.” Why was Kavanaugh held to a different standard when he wasn’t believed but his accusations where “unsubstantiated,” his accuser was believed but not him.
Is There a Double Standard
Throughout the Kavanaugh episode we were told by women’s advocacy groups, the media, and the Democratic Party that all female victims of sexual misconduct should be heard, but most importantly should be believed! Why the double standard in this case?
If the allegations were taken as unsubstantiated with regard to Ellison, even when evidence was presented, why are they not believed in Kavanaugh’s case when no evidence, witnesses, physical or material evidence was presented, but only believed on the statement of one person who could not remember key details to include date, time, place, when, where, how she got there, how she got home, all witnesses she named as corroborating her account have no recollection of what she is speaking about.
Finally the accused Kavanaugh presented a calendar as evidence that states he wasn’t even at the place in question, why a different standard of believability in this case but not when it involves a Democrat?
Lack of Coverage of Sexual Misconduct in Chicago
The scourge of sexual misconduct has even permeated to the local level. Throughout June and July of 2017, the Chicago Tribune conducted an extensive investigation of the Chicago Unified School District that from 2008-2017 over 500 children have been sexually assaulted or abused with nothing being done to protect them, even after they reported the alleged abuses.
Many of the Chicago public School employees who abused the children had criminal records, with one such volunteer coach-turned-rapist Gerald Gaddy had four felony convictions for possessing or dealing drugs and assaulted a student up to 40 times.
Why the lack of coverage?
The question is at what level did Democrat Mayor Rahm Emanuel know about the abuse of these children, as he was mayor in eight of those years, why hasn’t he been held to task over these abuses when he in fact appointed the heads of the Chicago Board of Education and the Chicago Public Schools, who knew all the about the cases in question, and are still in office?
Where is the Accountability?
Why hasn’t U.S. Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Illinois who also is a member of the Senate Judiciary committee from which he was adamant in calling for a federal investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh, but so far has not called one into allegations against the Chicago Unified School District or the city of Chicago when there is mountains of evidence of sexual abuse.
Where have all the women’s advocacy groups, the #MeToo movement, national Democrats, the media and all other groups who vigorously denounced Kavanaugh when there was no evidence, but in the cases mentioned there is troves of evidence, the silence has been deafening.
Does a double standard exist, when it’s a Republican or anyone affiliated with them everyone is outraged, but when it’s a Democrat they are given a pass?
If sexual misconduct against women is to be eradicated and those who commit such despicable acts are held to account, then you have to investigate all such incidents not just against those you dislike but even against those you support, if we don’t this reprehensible action will continue to destroy the lives of women.