Stop me if you’ve heard this one:
A pathological liar, a sexual harasser, and an alleged rapist walk into a bar. The bartender says, “Sorry, Mr. Trump, you’re not welcome here.”
And so it is with many of our representatives in Congress who do not believe that our Predator-in-Chief should be welcome in the White House.
Members of the Democratic Women’s Working Group (DWWG) held a press conference Tuesday in which they called immediately for a Congressional investigation into the multiple, long-standing allegations of sexual misconduct against Donald Trump.
Congresswomen Lois Frankel, Brenda Lawrence and Jackie Speier are calling for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to investigate the allegations of sexual harassment and rape leveled at Trump.
To date, 19 women have come forward against Trump with accusations of forcible kissing, sexual groping, and in some cases assault by Trump. Of course, the Liar-in-Chief has denied all the allegations, going so far as to claim that he doesn’t know and hasn’t met any of these women in his lifetime. Three of those women held a press conference Monday, jointly calling for Congressional action.
It’s no surprise that Trump got up in the wee hours of Tuesday morning to respond, slamming Democrats for pushing “false accusations” and claiming the women’s stories are “fake news.” He didn’t stop there. The Misogynist-in-Chief then went after Sen. Kirstin Gillibrand — the only female among several male senators calling for him to resign and be investigated — in a sexist Twitter rant, to which Gillibrand responded:
You cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines to speak out about the unfitness and shame you have brought to the Oval Office. https://t.co/UbQZqubXZv
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) December 12, 2017
Frankel, chair of the DWWG, posted a letter of support from 56 other members of the working group, stating that the “American people deserve a full inquiry into the truth of these allegations.” She also says that the caucus has the support of “over 100 members right now and it’s rising.”
Rep. Lawrence said “courageous voices” like that of Trump’s accusers have since “fallen on deaf ears” but issued a warning to the president himself —“I’m sorry Mr. President, you do not live under a different set of rules.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings also agreed. He called on Trey Gowdy, Chair of the House the Oversight Committee, to launch an investigation into the women’s allegations, saying in a statement:
“Congress is in the midst of a critical and long overdue examination of allegations against its own Members—both before and after they were elected to Congress. The Oversight Committee is charged with examining similar allegations against Executive Branch employees and the President. It is extremely hard for Republicans to argue that Congress should ignore these multiple allegations.”
No one knows if or when these investigations will begin, but one thing is certain: the #MeToo movement has become Donald Trump’s day of reckoning.
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