House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could barely keep her dentures straight when she took up the pen (in this case many pens) to sign two articles of impeachment against president Donald Trump, a political fiasco that looks all the worse when peered through the lens of the coronavirus pandemic.
But while Pelosi’s multicoloured (and necessarily diverse) pens failed to kill the Trump presidency, her forked tongue may have just sounded the death knell of the MeToo movement.
It’s clear Pelosi couldn’t care less about Tara Reade’s allegations of sexual assault against democrat presidential candidate and former VP Joe Biden. She endorsed him today, vigorously. “I am proud” said a grinning Pelosi, “to endorse Joe Biden for president. A leader who’s the personification of hope and courage, values, authenticity and integrity.”
The timing couldn’t be more telling. Despite Reade’s allegations, Pelosi’s endorsement, in no uncertain terms is a message: that more important than the need to believe all women (a philosophy she proudly endorsed in the past), is the need for Trump’s removal from office. “Now more than ever, we need a forward looking, battle tested leader who will fight for the people.”
No time therefore, to look into that forward thinking battle-tested leader’s past in the face of these allegations. Like Pelosi’s past, I’m sure Biden’s is fraught with contradictions and double speak. Like these 2018 Pelosi tweets for example.
“It took great courage for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford to come forward with her story,” tweeted Pelosi in September, 2018. “The American people are owed a thorough investigation of the grave & credible allegations against Brett Kavanaugh.”
Pelosi also tweeted: “We must #BelieveSurvivors. I’m proud to stand with my Democratic colleagues in support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.”
Surely that BelieveSurvivors hashtag is dead, as well as the #MeToo Movement. Now that the presumptive head of Pelosi’s ‘woke’ Party is the subject of such allegations, those philosophies are to be met with scorn and to be ignored by politicians and media alike.
By the way, does anyone remember how Pelosi and others insisted that due to the importance of the position Brett Kavanaugh had been nominated for, that “The American people are owed a thorough investigation” of the “grave & credible allegations” against him? Isn’t the one position in American politics more important than that of SCOTUS, POTUS? But that would be expecting way too much of a politician; consistency, even when they posit the stupid and nonsensical.
Moreover, aren’t Reade’s allegations against Biden, far more credible than Ford’s? Far more credible than those who accused Roy Moore? Speaking of Roy Moore, wasn’t Pelosi quick to condemn him too? With no evidence, and no due process, Pelosi condemned Moore, the republican candidate for the Alabama senate seat three years ago.
But when MSNBC’s Chuck Todd in 2017 asked her to explain her condemnation of Moore in light of her silence on John Conyers and Bill Clinton, Pelosi again leaned heavily on the importance of “due process”.
“We’re talking about a child molester” said Pelosi of Moore, evading Todd’s initial question. As if it were just insane for Todd to morally equivocate to “child molester” Roy Moore, “the icon” John Conyers, (an accused sexual assaulter at the time) and the “unblemished” Bill Clinton, (who was a passenger aboard Jeffery Epstein’s Lolita Express, a fact well known even back then). She didn’t even have the decency to say that Moore was an “alleged” or “accused” child molester. But what can we expect of Pelosi, caught as she was in a web of her own spinning?
Todd pressed further: “President Clinton was accused of being a sexual predator”. He was in fact accused of far worse, which Todd fails to mention. President Clinton was also accused of rape and child molestation (Lolita Express remember?) A fact which demolishes Pelosi’s earlier point about Moore.
“We are strengthened by due process.” was Pelosi’s response, her false teeth threatening the whole while to fly out of her lying mouth in protest. “Just because someone is accused…”
But Pelosi caught herself midsentence in her obvious self-contradiction. Even she could not go through with it all the way. She amended what remained unspoken. “Just because someone is accused–and was it one accusation, is it two? He’s entitled to due process. But women are entitled to due process as well.”
Which brings us back full circle. If women as Pelosi stated, are deserving of due process, and given that the post of President is so important to American life, why has Pelosi endorsed a man who is accused of sexual assault?