As allegations of sexual misconduct against public figures continue to mount, many on the Left appear unable to hold both Republicans and Democrats to the same standard.
Reports of alleged sexual misconduct have recently plagued many Republican and Democratic politicians alike, such as Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken and Michigan Rep. John Conyers.
Franken has been accused of forcibly kissing a woman and groping others, Moore has been rocked with accusations that he pursued teenage girls 40 years ago, and recently revealed documents show that Conyers has been accused of sexually pursuing female staff members and enacting retribution against those who did not accept his advances.
However, not all of these men have been given the same treatment by the Left.
A Sunday television interview with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s may be the biggest example of a partisan double standard on the topic.
Speaking to Chuck Todd on “Meet The Press,” Pelosi repeatedly dodged questions over whether Democrat congressman John Conyers should resign.
Instead of answering whether Conyers — who settled a lawsuit after allegedly firing a female employee for refusing his advances — should resign from Congress, Pelosi instead spoke of Conyers’ record on women’s rights in the House.
The California Democrat repeatedly urged for due process for Conyers.
“We are strengthened by due process. Just because someone is accused — was it one accusation? Was it two?” she asked. “John Conyers is an icon in our country. He’s done a great deal to protect women.”
In that same interview, Pelosi went on to defend former President Bill Clinton and Sen. Al Franken, both Democrats, but called Republican Moore a “child molester.”
Franken and Conyers have not faced the same sort of pressure.
When The Washington Post, a news outlet that had already endorsed Moore’s Democratic opponent in an op-ed, released a bombshell report that alleged Moore had sexually pursued teenage girls while he was in his 30’s, many Democrats called on Moore to end his campaign — including many Republicans, according to CNN.
In another article for The Post, feminist writer Kate Harding announced that she is okay with the controversy surrounding Sen. Al Franken.
In the article “I’m a feminist. I study rape culture. And I don’t want Al Franken to resign,” Harding made the case that Franken’s politics make up for any transgressions he may have made against women.
AlterNet actually went so far as to call on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to resign, citing Thomas’ contentious Senate hearings in 1991 that included accusations that he sexually harassed Anita Hill, an attorney and former employee of Thomas.
Serving as a left-wing activist news outlet, AlterNet doesn’t believe the departure of Moore is good enough and wants Thomas gone as well.