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Will no one save me from Franken truthers?

Do any of you think about how it feels to victims of sexual assault to have you running around slandering the woman with the most progressive voting record in the Senate in defense of a man accused by nine women of sexual misonduct?
I don't know what is in the water tonight that put this back on Twitter again. Maybe @SenGillibrand leading a protest against #BrettKavanaugh. Maybe @TinaSmithMN being so obviously more engaged in that MN Senate seat than her predecessor.

But why not just stop it?

I liked Al Franken's books. I never was a fan of his jocular sexism.But he didn't bother me in the Senate because he was a back bencher.

Unlike Kirsten Gillibrand, who spent the last decade being the loudest voice for sexual assault victims in Congress. She made it her focus.
The assault on Gillibrand over Franken resigning is one of the more incomprehensible things I've witnessed as a reporter & it's been a tumultuous three years.

What ARE you thinking?
The conspiracy theories, the misogyny, the vitriol--did you black out during 2015/2016?
The deification of mediocre white men and the slandering of smart, accomplished women is how we got here. And by here I mean where a significant percentage of white Democratic women and men put us with their misogynist votes: in Trump's America.

Perpetuating the false narrative that somehow it was Gillibrand's actions, not Franken's that led to his resignation is preposterous as it is dangerous.

Blaming women for men's sexual misconduct is why victims don't come forward: YOU prevent them, with your victim-blaming.
It's 2018. #MeToo

Men don't--or shouldn't--get a pass for bad actions. If you are smugly saying "it wasn't a big deal"ask yourself who you are willing to accept non-consensual sexual advances from, how many, what context.

Gillibrand has always fought for victims: men, too.

It's painful when men we admire & respect fail us & themselves. I was gobsmacked by #EricSchneiderman. But when that story broke, people--and many women--told me it was another Franken-esque plot to protect Trump. No.

Women were hurt by these men masquerading as feminists.
Tonight I saw women saying they hoped Gillibrand & Smith would lose in November.


This is bat-sh*t lunacy. You want to lose THE most progressive senator AND one of our few women for what now? Your adulation of 90s SNL skits?

We can't afford such petulance.
We are two Senate seats away from Democratic control that was lost in 2014 by more petulance and sulking by white voters. If you actually care about this country you'll get over your pettiness and be grateful we have a senator like Gillibrand who takes risks for eveyone.

#Misogyny is as deeply ingrained in America as racism. It's structural. It's inculcated in each of us from birth by our society and other societies.

Refute it. Stop buying into the narrative that women hurt men & women are the problem when it's men who have all the power.
We didn't lose a seat when Franken resigned. And he chose to resign and when he did so took zero responsibility for why, made no feminist entreaty for men to do better, no teachable moment to give his exit some grace.


No one is indispensable in Congress.

I see zero hand-wringing over John Conyers' forced resignation and unlike Franken, Conyers was a huge presence over 30yrs. He created the #MedicareForAll plan Bernie Sanders took to the Senate.
Why no similar sense of outrage?
Conyers fought Trump hard. Yet no one invented a conspiracy theory to blame some woman for Pelosi requesting his resignation as Schumer requested Franken's.

I hope it wasn't #racism.
I hope it wasn't #misogyny.

Democrats must address these problems so they don't lose again.
Start thinking more clearly about our objectives on the left and how GOP uses these embarassing lapses against us.

Folks wasted eight months of energy on Franken trutherism instead of standing for Gillibrand and Smith and flipping the Senate.

He's gone.
Time to move on.
#Misogyny is a drug.

It's the worst addiction in America and it kills more people than opioids.

Wean yourselves off of it.

Two days after I wrote this thread there are still white people screaming and cursing in my mentions over it.

Refusing to look at your own biases is how 52% of white women voted Trump while 94% of black women voted Hillary.

Look deeper.
Do better.
The stakes are so high.


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Most of us know consensual and non-consensual sex differ. The entirety of #Kavanaugh's defense and his defenders' outrage is predicated on the presumption that no teenaged boy knows what consent is.


Some, like their adult counterparts, don't care.

This is key.
Since #MeToo we've seen egregious serial rapists like #BillCosby and #HarveyWeinstein exposed & attempts made to prosecute them.

But there are "lesser" sexual assaults we've given a lighter hand to: Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Mark Halperin, Louis CK--too many to list.
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