Sexual Harassment On Capitol Hill Needs To Be Taken More Seriously

Sexual Harassment On Capitol Hill Needs To Be Taken More Seriously

It's time we give solace to those who have suffered.

Starting with the election of Donald Trump, we have seen a string of sexual harassment cases pop up. In fact, we have even seen the birth of a movement, the #MeToo movement, due to the sheer magnitude of sexual harassment in both Hollywood and Capitol Hill.

Over a hundred men and women have come out in the last couple months to finally expose their harassers to the world. The #MeToo movement has created a safe and powerful platform which has allowed for victims to come forward and ignore society's judgment.

Although Donald Trump may have been the root to the start of the movement, it is Harvey Weinstein who really got the ball rolling. The once renowned producer Harvey Weinstein has been accused by over a dozen women for sexual harassment in the workplace (a serial harasser, if you will).

And it's not just Hollywood executives or actors being accused, it's also those who work for us, the people - it's members of the US Congress.

Many have been accused of sexual misconduct, but the two most famous government figures are Al Franken and Roy Moore. Minnesota Senator Al Franken was accused by over five women of sexual misconduct. He claims he has no recollection, but did issue an apology to all of his victims. Franken was also pushed by Democrats to resign, and on December 7 senator Franken announced he would resign.

So this brings us to the interesting case of Senate candidate for Alabama, Roy Moore. Roy Moore is a Republican running for the state of Alabama in its Special Senate Election to fill the vacancy left by Jeff Sessions. Although it's not surprising we would see a strong, outspoken Republican run for Alabama, it is a bit disheartening to see that the man running has been accused by a dozen females of harassing them when they were minors.

Even with this long list of sexual harassment against him, Roy Moore will continue to run for the US Senate seat. Even worse, Donald Trump has endorsed this pedophile. Trump calls for electing Moore because he needs a win in his playbook, and that isn't going to happen if Doug Jones wins.

It is absolutely disgusting to see this man, this child molester, this pedophile to have an iota of support. How can we as a nation stand for this hypocrisy? Al Franken had to resign, Harvey Weinstein was denounced, Kevin Spacey was fired, but some way, somehow this vile man has people backing him?

Sexual harassment is not a partisan issue. It is supposed to be bipartisan — it's wrong to endorse anyone who has engaged in such misconduct; in fact, it's illegal.

The events that have come to light in the passing months bring major repercussions with them: will we the people allow such hypocrisy in the nation's capital continue, or will we tear a page out of the #MeToo movement's playbook and take a stand?

It's time to take a side.

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A Dangerous White House Led by A Dangerous President

With the Recent FBI Raids, President Trump has become even more furious. The question is: why?

In recent news, the newly appointed Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein approved FBI raids on Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. As a result, Trump has become furious with the Deputy Attorney General, as well as anyone involved with the FBI raid as well as special counsel Mueller, who has been investigating his actions and involvement with Russia. As I have written before, Trump's political isolationism within the White House has already led him to become much more radical and dangerous as a President who is clinging desperately to power. As a result of this, Donald Trump is heavily considering firing several persons, including Rosenstein as well as Mueller. This is dangerous as the current President seeks to consolidate power and is looking into options to remove any players that undermine his authority.

In response to the FBI raids earlier this week, Trump took to the major media outlets and Twitter to voice his disapproval of what he referred to as a "witch hunt." Despite the President's rhetoric, the FBI raids were legal and were given approval via a search warrant and were conducted through the proper legal channels and procedures. Additionally, Rod Rosenstein approved these raids, despite being appointed by the President last year. Trump had also continued his criticism by trying to call those investigating him Democrats and biased. However, Mueller, Rosenstein and most of the people involved in the FBI raids were Republican themselves. With Trump's recent outburst and anger over the events that just transpired, the question that presents itself is: why is the President so angered by these events? There are a few possible explanations, one of which being that the President himself is compromised and that the secrets to him lie in his most loyal associate, Michael Cohen. Another possible explanation is that he continues to despise the current FBI and anyone trying to undermine his authority. Or maybe there may be a combination of both.

The actions of President Trump pose dangerous consequences for the future as the question of Robert Mueller's ability to continue operating as special counsel rises. Trump continues to mull over firing Mueller, which would cripple the President in various ways. After firing Mueller, Trump would then be branded as even more suspicious, regardless of his reasons. Trump's advisers and legal team have urged him to cooperate as much as possible to remove the suspicions surrounding him, however the President has done the opposite. Without special Congressional approval securing Mueller and safeguarding his position, the future of the checks against the President's angry rule over the country seem shakier than ever.

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New York Governor’s Race Coverage: Part 4

Working Families Party Endorses Nixon, Conservative Party Endorses Molinaro

Greetings, this is the latest installment on a series covering the 2018 New York Governor’s Race. For those who are interested in reading the earlier installments, you can click the following links:

Introduction to New York Governor’s Election

Republican Straw Poll, Corruption in Cuomo Administration, and Other Recent News

Molinaro, Nixon, and Hawkins Enter the Race

Since our last installment, various political parties have moved forward on their decisions on which candidates they will support.

The Working Families Party has decided to endorse Cynthia Nixon for governor. Nixon is the main primary challenger to Governor Cuomo and is seeking to take his place on the ballot lines of the Democrats and the minor parties which tend to cross endorse the democratic candidate. The Working Families Party had endorsed Cuomo in 2010 and 2014. Though in 2014 he had only managed to narrowly gain their endorsement (rather than his 2014 primary challenger Zephier Teachout, who they had seriously considered nominating) through the help of other political figures and by making a series of promises to the Working Families Party (some of which he then failed to honor). This year, the Working Families Party decided that they would opt to support a more ideologically hardline figure, in the form of Cynthia Nixon, rather than the politically established figure of Andrew Cuomo. In an April meeting of the Working Families Party, 90% voted to endorse Nixon over Cuomo. Though in the process, two large union organizations pulled their support from the Working Families Party, due to their support for Cuomo.

The Working Families Party’s decision to endorse Cynthia Nixon over Andrew Cuomo could have significant implications on this race. This a sign for growing support for Nixon, which could give a greater change of gathering support to challenge Cuomo in the Democratic Primary. Though if Nixon fails to win the Democratic nomination, it is possible that she might continue to run for Governor on the Working Families Party ballot line.

In response, Governor Cuomo and his surrogates have been making public attacks against the Working Families Party and have been threating to retaliate against other groups that side with Nixon over him.

The Conservative Party has decided to endorse Marc Molinaro for governor. Marc Molinaro is one of the candidates seeking to become the Republican nominee for governor (which also includes John DeFransisco and Joseph Holland). Molinaro is the current front runner in the Republican race and is on track to likely become their nominee. If that is the case, then Molinaro may be able to put together a combined Republican-Conservative front to seek to be elected governor. Though in order to have any decent chance of competing, he will also need to be highly successful in working to attract the support of independent voters.

In other news, a new Sienna poll was recently done in regards to governor Cuomo and the coming governor’s election. Governor Cuomo’s approval ratings have dropped significantly. He is now down 49% approval and 44% disapproval statewide and has a 60% disapproval rating upstate. His poll numbers for the Democratic Primary have also shifted against his favor. Last month his numbers went from 66% to 19% against Cynthia Nixon. This month, it shifted to 58% to 27%. While Cuomo still maintains a significant lead in primary polling, this shift has taken a significant step in narrowing that lead. Furthermore, his statewide approval numbers among the lowest he’s faced as governor, and if they drop further could indicate a greater chance of him loosing reelection.

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