An alleged sexual predator is finding support from one of the Democrats’ most prominent leaders in Congress.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), defended Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), who stands accused of sexual misconduct against various members of his female staff, according to The Daily Caller.
Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” news anchor Chuck Todd asked Mrs. Pelosi whether the accused Rep. Conyers should remain “in or out” of Congress.
“We are strengthened by due process. Just because someone is accused — and was it one accusation? Is it two?” Rep. Pelosi replied. “John Conyers is an icon in our country. He has done a great deal to protect women — Violence Against Women Act, which the left — right-wing — is now quoting me as praising him for his work on that, and he did great work on that.”
She continued, saying that she felt that Mr. Conyers will “do the right thing.”
The embattled representative stands accused of various sexual harassment allegations, including firing female staff for refusing to comply with his advances. Last week, reports came out that one of his former staffers was paid $27,000 in a settlement payment in exchange for a confidentiality agreement about his behavior.
In her complaint, the former employee said that Rep. Conyers repeatedly asked for sexual favors and often asked her to join him in his hotel room. As reported by BuzzFeed, the representative “then told her she needed to ‘touch it,’ in reference to his penis, or find him a woman who would meet his sexual demands.”
Another employee, Melania Sloan, a lawyer who worked for Mr. Conyers, recounted times when she would encounter the congressman in his office “walking around in his underwear.” Another staff member, who anonymously filed and then withdrew a lawsuit, claimed that Mr. Conyers touched her “repeatedly and daily” from May to July in 2016.
Denying all sexual harassment allegations against himself, the Democrat did resign from his position in the House Judiciary Committee. “I deny these allegations, many of which were raised by documents reportedly paid for by a partisan alt-right blogger. I very much look forward to vindicating myself and my family before the House Committee on Ethics,” Mr. Conyers said.
When asked whether or not she believed the women accusing Mr. Conyers, Mrs. Pelosi said, “I don’t know who they are. Do you? They have not come forward.” According to CNN, she added, “that’s for the Ethics Committee to review, but I believe he understands what is at stake here and he will do the right thing.”
Nor was Mrs. Pelosi the only left-leaning figure to express her support of the aging Congressman. MSNBC news personalities Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski both defended Rep. Conyers, with the latter saying that despite this scandal, “he is still an icon.”
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“I would call that an icon and if you’re offended by that, if you’re offended by Nancy Pelosi calling a man like that an icon, well let me just say that you remind me an awful lot of the Bible thumpers I grew up with,” she added.
As liberals jump to defend this long-standing Democrat politician, the American people are becoming ever more disenchanted with the behavior of this once respectable political party.