RALEIGH – Do you remember the ‘War on Women’? How about the terms ‘Binders Full of Women’? How about the #METOO movement?
It was just a few years ago that Democrats launched a salacious narrative to paint men, Republican men in particular, as sexists just a hair’s width from deviancy and assault. Perhaps this was another case of psychological projection, where as we see just how handsy their leading presidential candidates are.
In North Carolina, too, it appears Democratic lawmakers were living the traits they’ve been so quick to assign to their political opponents.
“North Carolina state senator said Wednesday that a Senate colleague suggested she perform oral sex on him as “practice” before visiting her ex-husband in jail.
The allegation against state Sen. Toby Fitch, D-Wilson, adds to accusations state Sen. Erica Smith laid out last week. Smith accused Fitch and other senators of abusive behavior, targeting a system at the General Assembly that she said tried to sweep her concerns under the rug. […]
State Senate Democratic leaders have also pushed back on Smith’s insinuations. Fred Aikens, Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue‘s chief of staff, put out a four-page response Wednesday to allegations Smith made in a formal complaint she filed in April as part of a process that goes back more than a year.
Aikens denied that Fitch sexually harassed Smith during a 2018 car ride that Aikens, Smith, Fitch and Blue all shared to Elizabeth City. Aikens also denied allegations that Smith was discriminated against when it came to office assignments and Senate floor seating. […]
Smith said during the video call that, in May 2018, Fitch asked why she wasn’t visiting her ex-husband, who is incarcerated. She said Fitch told her “you know you still love him” and that she should be like Hillary Clinton.
“Hillary stood by her man,” Smith quoted Fitch as saying, a reference to Clinton staying with President Bill Clinton after it became clear he had an affair with a White House intern.
“I said ‘I’m no Hillary and he’s no Bill,'” Smith said Wednesday.
That’s when, according to Smith, Fitch said there’s “nothing wrong with getting your **** sucked … maybe you’re not doing it right.”
Smith said Fitch then told her, “I’m here for you to practice on.” […]”
It is redundant, monotonous, and a thought exercise we’ve likely committed to memory, but ‘WHAT IF’ this were Republican lawmakers being accused of saying such things. Can you imagine?
We don’t have to look back too far for an example of a Democrat lawmaker being accused of sexual harassment. Rep. Duane Hall (D-Wake) reportedly made unwelcome passes at staffers; he was forced out as the House Majority Leader and Governor called for him to resign.
Yet, that was in the thick of the #METOO movement, where all the focus was on driving that narrative. This time, with the Pandemic Panic, racial unrest, and general (and extraordinary) tumult dominates the scene. As such, Democrats are under no such pressure to be accountable, and thus Fitch or Democratic Rep. Paul Lowe (who reportedly assaulted Smith) are being spared.
It is the definition of a double-standard.
Read more about the allegations here.