(National Sentinel) Enabling Abuse: A Left-wing contributor to HuffPo is claiming that sports journalist Leeann Tweeden, who has accused Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., of sexually harassing her during a USO trip in 2006, somehow deserved it.
Dr. G.S. Potter, writing that Tweeden hasn’t “earned” the right to accuse Franken, said she is attempting to use “the traumas of the women and children that have been the true victims of sexual violence” for the benefit of the Republican Party and for her own gain.
It should be noted that the rash of sexual assault allegations involving Congress and the entertainment industry have been leveled against Democrats and their supporters.
In defense of Franken in an essay published on Medium, Potter goes on to claim that Tweeden was never really a victim of assault, and that she was effectively asking to be abused because of her participation in a USO comedy show:
What Leeanne Tweeden has done is stolen the very real traumas of very real survivors — people like me — and mocked them. What she has done is taken our pain and our bravery and our strength and exploited it on behalf of a network of people that actively prey on the women and children she is pretending to show solidarity with. What she is doing is vile and it is disgusting and it is dangerous on every personal and political level associated with sexual assault in the United States.
Perhaps if she was, in fact, a survivor of sexual assault she would understand the damage that is being caused by her actions. But she is not a survivor. And she is definitely not a victim of Al Franken.
Leeanne was never raped. She was never assaulted. And she was never the victim of sexual violence or harassment. She was a willing and active participant in a comedy show that involved sexualized behaviors. She consented to participating. She actively engaged in and invited similar behaviors with other performers other than Al Franken at the event.
…There is no shortage of Tweedens standing in line to gain 5 minutes of fame and a right-wing paycheck to be used as a grenade to blow up the next Democratic target.
Going on to insist she was not a victim, Potter then writes, “A very large part of me wishes she had been, though.”
Noted Joel B. Pollack, editor-at-large at Breitbart News, the claim by Potter seems hypocritical.
“Tweeden’s claims happen to hurt Democrats: therefore, apparently, they are not to believed,” he wrote.
“And just as only Democrats can be victims, only Democrats are entitled to the presumption of innocence when accused — a point underlined by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Sunday, when she accused Alabama Republican U.S. Senate nominee Roy Moore of being a ‘child molester’ but insisted Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) deserved ‘due process.'”
Both Franken and Conyers have said they have no plans to step down from their elected positions, though Democrats — and some Republicans — have said they would likely ban Moore from serving if he wins his special election in Alabama next month, as many expect that he will.
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