Writing in The Washington Post on Friday, feminist Kate Harding wrote that Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) should not resign despite allegations of sexual assault allegations. Harding, the author of “Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America,” believes that Franken should not resign because he is a Democrat. She admitted that having sexual abusers resign, who happen to be Democrats, would hinder her political agenda. Therefore, Democrats should be forgiven.

Harding argued that there may be other Democrats guilty of sexual misconduct. She wrote that “if we set this precedent in the interest of demonstrating our party’s solidarity with harassed and abused women, we’re only going to drain the swamp of people who, however flawed, still regularly vote to protect women’s rights and freedoms.”

“I’m betting that there will be more. And more after that,” Harding wrote. “And they won’t all come from states with Democratic governors and a deep bench of progressive replacements. Some will, if ousted, have their successors chosen by Republicans.” Ousting Democrats, such as Franken, who abuse women will only harm women because there would be fewer “champion[s] for women’s rights” in Congress.

“If the short-term ‘right thing’ leads to long-term political catastrophe for American women, I think we need to reconsider our definition of the right thing,” Harding wrote. “Don’t just apologize and drop out of sight. Do penance. Live the values you campaigned on. Be a selfless champion for women’s rights.” However, Harding wrote that if more than one woman accuses Franken of sexual misconduct and he thus becomes defined as a "predator," he should then resign. 

In a bombshell revelation, a radio personality in California said that Franken forcibly kissed her during a USO tour in Afghanistan and then took several photographs of her while she was asleep aboard a military aircraft. In one photo, Franken was seen to be grabbing her breasts. A second woman later accused Franken of menacing her. The result has been a bipartisan call for an investigation of Franken's behavior.

 



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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