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BY: Mikhael Smits
An MNSBC panel Wednesday insisted Democrats take seriously sexual assault accusations within the party, lest they be branded hypocrites.
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The "Morning Joe" panel worried about the Democratic Party's newfound reticence when it comes to supporting women who allege sexual misconduct. Former Sen. Claire McCaskill, an MSNBC contributor, put it bluntly: "If we're going to be taken seriously as a party on this issue, then it can't be about who they're accusing. It has to be about the substance of the accusation."
The comments follow revelations that a woman has long accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D.) of sexual assault. Fairfax, who strongly denies the allegation, is poised to become the governor, should embattled Gov. Ralph Northam (D., Va.) resign.
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In a story late Sunday night, Big League Politics reported an allegation that Fairfax, then a John Kerry staffer, assaulted a woman at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Fairfax immediately issued a strong denial that he ever committed sexual assault. On Monday, after the Washington Post released additional details of the accusation, Fairfax confirmed he had a sexual encounter with the woman but said it was consensual.
The Post did not report the accusation last year after the woman initially approached the paper, saying Monday that she and Fairfax told different stories about what happened in the hotel room and neither version could be corroborated.
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The panel discussed how the party has been quiet on the accusations against Fairfax, which contrasts their reaction to accusations of misconduct against Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings. Last September, Democrats pressed the importance of claims of sexual misconduct in an effort to disqualify Kavanaugh from assuming a seat on the Supreme Court. At the time, Democrats trumpeted that they "believe survivors." Kavanaugh...
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