I don't care about shaming "Republicans into being better people." I don't care about "unilateral disarmament" when it comes to sexual harassment and sexual assault. I don't care about "asymmetrical warfare." I don't care about high morality, or norm preservation, or any other term people are using to explain the rationale to get rid of Democrats who sexually humiliate their colleagues and constituents.
When it comes to sexual assault and sexual harassment, there is only one thing I care about: Putting an end to it. That is it. Plain and simple. Nothing more, nothing less.
If liberals consider that goal some sort of performative morality without any political calculus, they clearly do not understand my interests, and I don't want to belong to their political party.
If you know there's a sexual harasser in your party and you don't do something about him, more sexual harassment will continue. If you're cool with that because of political calculus or whatever else, you're not just as bad as the Republicans. You're worse.
Liberals who take this position are not only endorsing sexual harassment. They're also using other broad liberal principles (women's rights!) taken up by the party to justify the hypocrisy. It's the ultimate form of betrayal from the people who are supposed to have our backs.
Here's an example. What's worse: Telling a total stranger you've been sexually assaulted or harassed, then having them ignore you or shut you down, or telling a family member and receiving the same treatment?
A lot of Franken supporters very angry today, arguing that even if the allegations are true, a panoply of allegedly far worse offenders (Trump, Moore, Farenthold) are thriving and safe.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) December 7, 2017
Dan mentioned Ed Murray in his post this morning, and I think he was right to do so. One of the most mind-bogglingly re-traumatizing things about Ed Murray and his supporters' treatment of the allegations against him was that they were simultaneously claiming to be on our side. The side of women, of queer people, of survivors of assault who saw Trump elected and immediately relived their own worst nightmares. We had trusted these politicians to represent our interests, to give a shit about us. And they stabbed us in the back.
Getting the party that proclaims to represent our interests to actually be held accountable to them is a necessary first step. Without it, Democrats lose credibility, they lose trust, and they are vulnerable to the same cries of hypocrisy that Republicans are currently receiving. The Federalist and Breitbart are already having a field day. How are liberal women supposed to want to vote for a party that keeps its predators close?
So, to women, and to all male or non binary survivors of assault or sexual harassment: You don't owe anyone anything. If Democrats call caring about you a political loss, the party is lost. "No scumbags" should be a given, not something endlessly debated. The party that abides by this rule doesn't deserve cookies for having basic decency. There is so much more work to be done beyond this. Next.