Writing at Vox, Laura McGann said that Nancy Pelosi is “that woman”—the one who enables and forgives sexual harassment from her buddies, the woman who urges the targets of harassment to calm down, deal with it privately, keep it quiet.
Meet the Press host Chuck Todd pressed Pelosi on whether Michigan Democrat John Conyers, who, after a secretive process, settled sexual harassment complaints from a former female employee who says she was fired for resisting the congressman’s sexual advances with others coming forward alleging misconduct as well, Democrats—led by Pelosi—took no action against Conyers.
Pelosi expressed unfamiliarity with the allegations. She called for due process, even though Conyers, as Todd pointed out, had already gone through a process that resulted in him settling with his former employee. It’s not clear what additional process Conyers is due.
It is notable that few, if any, Democrats have joined Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) in actually calling for Conyers to resign.
Pelosi’s zero tolerance sexual harassment chickenhawking doesn’t help solve the problem, especially when there’s somebody in her own party, right under her nose, whose misdeeds deserved something beyond the quietly and privately arranged punishment they received. Solving the old problems in the same old way they’ve always been solved won’t put a stop to them.