House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was pressed Sunday over whether or not Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) should resign as more allegations of sexual misconduct mount against him. Pelosi’s answer was nothing short of shocking.
What did she say?
As the leading Democratic woman in Congress, Pelosi has been overwhelmingly supportive of women who say they are victims of sexual harassment. That, after all, is the default position for feminist liberals: to always believe a woman who says they are a victim of sexual abuse. But Pelosi didn’t quite follow that rule on “Meet the Press” Sunday.
NBC anchor Chuck Todd pressed Pelosi: “You said there’s now zero tolerance. John Conyers. What does that mean for him? Right now — in or out?”
“We are strengthened by due process. Just because someone is accused … was it one accusation, is it two? … John Conyers is an icon in our country. He has done a great deal to protect women,” Pelosi replied.
Pelosi defended Conyers at every turn and emphasized that he is entitled to due process.
When Todd later asked Pelosi whether she believes Conyers’ accusers, Pelosi first pretended that she didn’t hear Todd’s question, then she completely deflected.
“I don’t know who they are. Do you? They have not really come forward,” she alleged, adding that it’s for the House Ethics Committee to decide whether or not the accusations are credible.
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) November 26, 2017
What is Conyers accused of?
BuzzFeed reported last week that Conyers’ office in 2015 settled with a former staffer who said she was fired for refusing Conyers’ sexual advances. After BuzzFeed’s report hit the presses, a second woman came forward to accuse Conyers of sexually harassing her during her tenure as his aide.
Conyers’ has vehemently denied the allegations waged against him. However, on Sunday, the 88-year-old Democrat resigned his position as the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee.
After careful consideration and in light of the attention drawn by recent allegations made against me, I have notified the Democratic Leader of my request to step aside as Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee during the investigation of these matters.
— John Conyers, Jr. (@RepJohnConyers) November 26, 2017