I don’t even need to provide a link, do I? You have already heard about Trump’s crude-as-hell-brag to Billy Bush about—well, bushes.
“I grab them by the pu**y,” he said.
I. Grab. Them. By. The. Pu**y.
I mean, a candidate for the highest office in our land brags about snatching women by their snatches, (without any permission, I might add. Otherwise known as sexual assault) and his supporters are making excuses for his behavior.
But would we expect any less? They’ve defended his Racism, Misogyny, Xenophobia, Fear Mongering, Lies, Tax dodging, Draft dodging, Foreign policy ignorance, Mocking of Special needs people, and Inciting of violence. After that, it’s pretty easy to defend fingering without permission.
Like so many millions of others, I have to ask, “How did we get here? How is this acceptable—especially among a political party famed for its Biblical Conservatism?”
I don’t know the answer to that question, but I do know that Trump isn’t the only snatcher in the Republican party.
Here in Tennessee, Rep. Jeremy Durham has been accused of sexual harassment, and the accusations in the State Attorney General’s report imply that many in the Republican Supermajority not only knew about Durham’s alleged actions, but also played a part in the sordid tale.
This week, The Nashville Scene outed all of the John and Jane Doe Representatives in the Attorney General’s report, claiming that “voters have a right to know and evaluate the actions of their legislators before an election.”
The AG’s report is an uncomfortable read, to say the least, especially for those of us who have been harassed, abused, and/or assaulted. To know that many other legislators KNEW about Durham’s actions and did nothing to help the victims or rebuke Durham makes me sick.
But they voted to expel him, didn’t they?
Oh riiiiiight, they did vote to kick him out of the state legislature—AFTER he lost his primary, and AFTER they’d been called out on their inaction by all of the candidates challenging them to their seats.
Why didn’t they act sooner? Maybe they were so hesitant to call him on his actions because they knew they’d be tarred with the same brush. I mean, we now know that Rep. Mary Littleton fired a legislative staffer after the staffer complained about Durham to her. I mean, let’s imagine that conversation together, shall we?
“Hey, Rep. Littleton, can I talk to you for a second?
“Sure, hon, go ahead.”
“Well, it’s not an easy thing to talk about, but I thought you’d maybe understand and help me.”
“Why, sure! I’m here to help. What’s the problem?”
“Rep. Jeremy Durham has been...well...he’s been sexually harassing me. He even tried to kiss me, and he keeps sending me text messages! Firstly, I think he’s unattractive, I mean, his beady little eyes and wonky looking nose, but most importantly, He’s married and I think he’s trying to intimidate me because of his clout here in the legislature! I think this qualifies as bona fide sexual harassment. What should I do?”
“You should pack your bags. You’re fired.”
Now who’s to say how it actually went down, but however you imagine it, it’s not only unethical, it’s illegal. Firing someone for reporting abuse is against the law.
Lawmakers breaking the law. Way to go, Tennessee.
Animal House on Capitol Hill
And speaking of unethical, how about representatives promoting a Frat-party-like atmosphere on Capitol Hill? In an interview with the local Fox News Affiliate, Durham says that not only did he regularly drink in the office, (among other things *cough cough*) but that Rep. Pat Marsh, hosted Happy Hours, and Durham was a guest.
Rep. Marsh was also featured in the Attorney General’s report—Rep. John Doe 37—named as the host of a party in which some of Durham’s alleged harassment occurred.
Exactly how many parties are there on government property, and who knew Capitol Hill was the best club in Nashville? Move over, Pinewood Social!
Here’s the takeaway from all of this: From the top down, the GOP has become one big embarrassment. From Trump’s pu**y snatching, to Littleton’s shameful firing, to Marsh’s office drinking, to Durham’s sexual harassment scandals.
These legislators, and the rest of the Republican supermajority, are the epitome of self-righteous hypocrites.
These are the very same people who were so worried about women being abused, (AKA, “Pu**y grabbed”) they tried to pass bathroom laws to keep transgendered women out of the bathroom—nevermind the fact that there aren’t any instances of transgendered women attacking anyone in the bathrooms.
But the bathroom warriors are just fine with a proud Pu**sy grabber in the oval office? #LogicFail #Hypocrisy
Each and every one of the GOP’ers in office need to take a hard look at themselves. Can you really be a Christian Conservative and support the Party of Trump—The party of Office drinking, Kiss stealing, Illegal firing, and Pu**y grabbing?
These types of characters aren’t qualified to work at a fast food restaurant, much less as lawmakers and Commander in chief, and anyone who supports them is guilty by association.
It’s time for all the Republican officials to renounce Trump and the many others like him who have invaded government buildings. Nothing less than the credibility and very life of the entire Republican party is as stake.
GOP, it’s time to get’cher boys.