Political Editors / Jan. 5, 2018

The Left Is Politicizing Sexual Assault

They sought women who would accuse Trump of sexual misconduct and promised them cash.

The New York Times recently reported that the leftist organization Media Matters, founded by David Brock, had spent $200,000 funding an effort in 2016 to bring down Donald Trump via allegations of sexual assault. The Times reports that leftist organizations are still “raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to support accusers who come forward with charges against President Trump and members of Congress.” Motivated by the success of the #MeToo movement, which has been credited in helping to expose and bring down famous and powerful men in Hollywood and the mainstream media, as well as prompt the resignation of members of Congress like former Democrat Sen. Al Franken, Brock and other leftists seek to do the same to Trump and Republican candidates. Just as Mark Alexander recently warned.

California lawyer Lisa Bloom received significant amounts of funding as she sought “to encourage victims to bring forward similar claims against Republican politicians.” Her efforts “included offering to sell alleged victims’ stories to TV outlets in return for a commission for herself, arranging a donor to pay off one Trump accuser’s mortgage and attempting to secure a six-figure payment for another woman who ultimately declined to come forward after being offered as much as $750,000,” The Hill reported. Bloom justified the funding claiming that it was needed in order “to ensure the safety” of the accusers.

The fact of the matter is, this has nothing to do with concerns over the problem of sexual assault or harassment against women. Instead, it’s all about politics. In an American Bridge 21st Century Foundation internal memo from last year, Brock explains, “We are going to resist the normalization of Donald Trump. Trump has the legal authority, but we have the moral authority — and the moral responsibility to oppose him.” In other words, let the witch hunts begin.

Ron Rotunda, a professor at Chapman University School of Law, noted, “These victims have serious stories to tell and we have to get justice for them. But we undercut that when people are paid for their testimony. It taints it. … The problem is, if a real victim accepts a payoff it undercuts their story. That’s just a fact of life.” The truth of the matter is, by politicizing the issue, Democrats are guaranteeing that it will be immediately assumed that every accuser must have some political motivation rather than a genuine pursuit of justice. In other words, fewer people will believe them. How does that help women who are real victims?

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