Guy has thoroughly exposed, over
the weekend House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defended Congressman
John Conyers as an "icon" amid allegations he fired a woman on his
staff after she refused to give him sexual favors.
Pelosi is being called out as the ultimate enabler of sexual
harassers and abusers. "That woman." She'll also being held
accountable as part of the reason why women don't come forward more
often when they are victims of sexual misconduct.
is the credible one. He is an “icon,” she told Todd. The woman? “I
do not know who they are. Do you?” she asked the host. “They have
not really come forward.” (The woman came forward three years ago,
dogging her case through an opaque process in Congress that bars
her from speaking about it. She spoke to BuzzFeed anonymously.)
Conyers is the real victim. Pelosi is withholding judgment until
Conyers gets “due process,” she said. But Conyers got something
better than due process. Congress wrote the rules for how sexual
harassment claims are handled, exempting members from requirements
that most other employers must follow. The woman, meanwhile, got
less. She didn’t have a right to free lawyer. She couldn’t speak
about her case. And it took months. Then she couldn’t find a job
on the Hill. “I was basically blackballed,” she told BuzzFeed.
“There was nowhere I could go.”
that's exactly what Pelosi is: That woman, a faux feminist who has
been enabling sexual predators for decades.
can start with her full throated defense of former President Bill
Clinton. She's been defending his documented and repetitive bad
behavior since the 1990s and did so again on Meet The Press
her time as Speaker of the House, Pelosi ignored disgraceful sexual
harassment by former Congressman and San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.
During his time as Chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee,
Filner sexually harassed female veterans who were victims of rape
during their time in the military. He knew about their vulnerable
positions and took advantage of them. He offered them "help" in
return for dinner dates. A total
disgrace and gross abuse of power.
record as an advocate for veterans, and female veterans in
particular, make the latest developments in the charges of sexual
harassment against him that much more deplorable.
Three more women this week -- two survivors of military sexual
assault and a nurse who cared for a female veteran -- came forward
with allegations that they were sexually harassed by the San Diego
mayor and former 10-term congressman.
Michelle Tyler on Tuesday charged that she approached Filner in
June to ask for assistance dealing with the Veterans Affairs
Department on behalf of her patient Katherine Ragazzino, an Iraq
war veteran. Filner
"made it very clear to me that his expectation was that his help
for Katherine depended on my willingness to go to dinner with
him, spend personal time with him and be seen in public with
him," Tyler said, with high-profile
attorney Gloria Allred at her side.
Two other women, meanwhile -- Air Force veteran Eldonna Fernandez
and Army veteran Gerri Tindley -- also came forward with stories
of unwanted advances from Filner. Both Fernandez and Tindley are survivors
of sexual assault in the military and
members of the National Women's Veterans Association of America
(NWVAA) in San Diego. The NWVAA's president Tara Jones told CNN
that she's spoken to seven or eight women in the organization who
had uncomfortable encounters with Filner.
"He went to dinners, asked women out to dinners, grabbed
breasts, buttocks. The full gamut. Everything that is complete
violation of what we stand for," Jones said. "He's a sexual
predator. And he used this organization for his own personal
goes on in San Diego is up to the people of San Diego. I'm not here
to make any judgements," Pelosi said at the time and after Filner
admitted to wrongdoing, again ignoring his known behavior in
wasn't until years later when the Filner story hit a fever pitch
that Pelosi started to give a damn, not because she cared about his
victims, but because he was making the Democrat Party look bad. She
ultimately called for his resignation under pressure.
eventually resigned in disgrace, but managed to secure a full
pension on his way out the door, did a short stint in sex rehab,
pleaded guilty to battery against two women and was quickly welcomed
back into California's powerful circle of Democrats -- locally and
in Washington D.C. After a dozen women came forward will allegations
of sexual harassment and assault, Filner's legal bills were fully
covered by California taxpayers.
knew all about filthy Filner's depraved behavior, but because he was
a close friend who helped her co-found the Congressional Progressive
Caucus, she gave him pass. He also, naturally, was close to Bill
Clinton. Clinton endorsed his run for mayor in 2012 after more than
a decade in Congress.
to say, Pelosi's stammering over sexual harassment allegations and
sudden interested in due process when a Democrat stands accused is
nothing new. She's long been defending and carrying political water
for sexual predators.
leave you with this irony: