Ana Navarro, the CNN analyst and notorious destroyer of Trump supporters brave enough to sit on a panel with her, is at it again. Upon news that Senator Al Franken (D-MN) was seriously considering resigning over mounting allegations of sexual harassment – news met with glee and triumph in the right wing media – she took to Twitter to rain on their parade.
Before they could finish patting each other on the back, Navarro reminded them what the news actually meant:
For weeks, Trump-apologist types been defending Roy Moore by asking, “What about Conyers and Franken?” (hell of an equivalency given neither accused of molesting minors). Conyers retiring. If Franken resigns, WHAT ABOUT MOORE? WHAT ABOUT FARENHOLDT? WHAT ABOUT TRUMP?🤷🏻♀️
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) December 7, 2017
If 2017 has taught us anything, it’s that no political party has a monopoly on sexual crimes. Democrats and Republicans, Liberals and Conservatives, those in government, or entertainment, or the news media – no person, industry or profession is immune to the tragic tendency of men in positions of power to subject women to their own sadistic sense of sexual entitlement.
While the accusers of Republicans President Donald Trump (16) and Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore (9 and counting, including two who were minors at the time) have been largely dismissed by the GOP and their voters, Democrats are themselves struggling to deal with allegations against two of their own. Senator Al Franken and Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) have both been exposed as serial harassers at the very least, and may be guilty of much worse. The Party has been split on how to handle their cases.
While the instinct of many Democrats in congress is to show the same zero tolerance of their own members that they demand Republicans show their accused abusers, others have been weary of the political cost of unilaterally taking the moral high ground without GOP leadership doing the same.
Today, the zero tolerance crowd prevailed, at least for the Democrats, as a group of female senators spoke out and demanded Sen. Franken step down, a demand he appears ready to meet. Rep. Conyers is also on the way out after similar pressure from Rep. Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats in the House of Representatives.
It’s a rare display of principle over politics that could still have dire consequences for the Democrats’ ability to resist the Trump agenda. But as Ms. Navarro so succinctly points out, now that the Democrats have put their money where their mouths are, they’ve all but neutralized the what-about-ism tactics that the Republican Party has desperately deployed in the era of Trump and Moore.