In the past few days, there has been a wave of hand-wringing and petulant complaining from Democrats about how there was pressure for Senator Al Franken to resign over his seven accusations of sexual misconduct while sexual predator Donald Trump and accused pedophile Roy Moore continue to go about their business unpunished.
Oddly enough, one of the more prominent complaints were that Democrats weren’t calling for Trump and Moore to step down, as illustrated by this viral tweet from Twitter personality Elliot Lusztig, which is apparently a pseudonym used by a professor from UC-Santa Cruz.
I am sitting here shaking with rage and frustration on the point of tears wondering why Democrats will call for Franken's resignation but won't call for Trump to step down for much greater crimes. Why won't our side fight? What is wrong with you?
— Elliott Lusztig (@ezlusztig) December 6, 2017
This is, of course, a ridiculous assertion. Democrats have been calling for Trump to step down or resign since even before the Access Hollywood tape broke.
As a party, we are more than capable of holding our own people accountable and demanding justice for the unrepentant predators that the Republican Party tolerates.
And just in case there was any confusion, the most popular politician in the United States and the leader of the progressive left just called for Trump’s resignation over his sexual assault accusations.
“We have a president of the United States who acknowledged on a tape widely seen all over the country that he’s assaulted women, so I would hope maybe the president of the United States might pay attention of what’s going on and also think about resigning,” Sanders said on “CBS This Morning.”
Looking beyond the Republican Party, Senator Sanders went on to call for a national cultural revolution to address the casual sexism and misogyny that permeates our society at every level and leads to harassment, assault, rape, and the murder of women at the hands of men.
“What I worry about right now, as we speak, in restaurants and in offices all over this country, where you have bosses who are not famous, there is harassment of women and women are being intimidated. We need a cultural revolution in this country,”
He’s absolutely right. The Democratic Party cannot claim to be the party of progress and of representing women’s rights if we instantly revert to partisan tribalism over accusations of serious misdeeds committed by members of our own party.
"We have a POTUS who acknowledged on a tape widely seen all over the country that he's assaulted women, so I would hope maybe the president of the United States might pay attention of what's going on and also think about resigning." — @SenSanders pic.twitter.com/fy4ucYUEkv
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) December 7, 2017