“Progressives” Suddenly “Woke” to Sexual Harassment!

Written by Laurie Higgins

Youngish Democratic Strategist Christy Setzer, apparently so profoundly ignorant of history, believes that the country has just now become “woke” to the seriousness of the offense of sexual harassment.

During an appearance on “Tucker Carlson TonightWednesday night when asked by Carlson about the dismissive or hostile responses of liberal politicians and their media sycophants to women who accused miscreant Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct, Setzer revealed either her ignorance or her deceitfulness or both:

I think when you look back at what happened 25 years ago with the hindsight that we have now, particularly with the national, collective moment that we’re having where women are coming out of the woodwork to finally be able to tell their stories of being sexually harassed, sexually assaulted, being even raped, we’d see [Clinton’s] story and his behavior toward women a lot differently than we did at the time. But again, we have this benefit of seeing it in a different moment.

Perhaps someone should have told her before she appeared on a national political talk show that Second-wave feminism was well under way when Bill Clinton was grabbing, kissing, exposing himself to, raping, soliciting oral sex from and otherwise abusing his power over women. Prior to late 2017, women did come out of the woodwork and tell their stories of Clinton’s abuse, and liberals savaged them.

When Carlson tried to explain that the Clinton mess took place 30 years after the feminist revolution and two years after liberals got the vapors when Anita Hill accused Clarence Thomas of making sexually explicit remarks, Setzer condescendingly responded, “and that was 25 years ago.”

Simone de Beauvoir’s influential book The Second Sex came out in 1949, Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique in 1963, Kate Millet’s Sexual Politics in 1969, Shulamith Firestone’s The Dialectic of Sex in 1970, and Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch in 1970 as well. Feminist legal scholar Catharine MacKinnon’s book “Sexual Harassment of Working Women” was published in 1979. The allegations against Bill Clinton surfaced in the mid-1990’s. Does Setzer actually believe that society was not “woke” to sexual harassment in the 1990’s?

In an attempt to prove that Democrats are more far more committed to exposing, punishing, and eradicating sexual harassment than are Republicans, Setzer pointed out that while President Trump and Roy Moore have retained their positions in the Republican Party (Moore’s fate remains to be seen), Anthony Weiner is in jail. Setzer ignores the fact that Weiner is in jail because he had an inconvenient habit of leaving a trail of weiner photos in his exhibitionist wake. Democrats weren’t able to avail themselves of their modus operandi of publicly maligning his accusers.

Carlson brought up the response of liberals to Ted Kennedy’s culpability for the drowning death of 29-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne. Carlson asked Setzer about a 2009 Huffington Post article by Melissa Lafsky in which Lafsky  wondered “what Mary Jo Kopechne would have had to say about Ted’s death.” Lafsky continued, “Who knows—maybe she’d feel it was worth it.”

Astonishingly, Setzer said, “They were talking about an incident that happened what, in the 60’s?”

Word to Setzer, the Huffington Post piece was published in 2009, but even before the collective consciousness of Americans was raised by Second-wave feminism, Americans—including even unwoke Democrats—would have known that letting women drown was not cool.

Carlson was correct. The reason liberals gave a pass to Clinton and Kennedy is that these moral barbarians supported “progressive” legislation.

Unfortunately, the impulse to defend party over principle is not limited to Democrats. While Republicans crow about the hypocrisy of Leftists, they remain guilty of it as well. If anyone believes that had the IRS scandal or Benghazi happened under a Republican administration, Republicans would have done anything different than Democrats did, I’ve got 68 square miles of swampland to sell you.

Character and courage count. Principles matter.

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