On Sunday, Representative John Conyers (D-MI) announced he will be stepping aside as Ranking Member of the House Judicial Committee. The announcement comes in the wake of numerous sexual harassment allegations coupled with a report from Buzzfeed detailing how Conyers paid off accusers over the course of several years. The report also included notarized affidavits that were verified by third party and confirmed to be authentic through the House member office.
John Conyers’ released a statement with regards to his decision to step down as top Democrat on the House Judicial Committee:
“After careful consideration and in the 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 Judicial Committee during the investigation of these matters.”
Conyers’ went on to deny the allegations in his statement however, did not address the questions surrounding why he would pay out a settlement if there was no credibility to the sexual harassment claims:
“I deny these allegations, many of which were raised by documents reportedly paid for by a partisan alt-right blogger. I very much look forward to vindicating myself and my family before the House Committee on Ethics.”
“To be clear, I would like very much to remain as Ranking Member. There is still much work to be done on core concerns like securing civil rights, enacting meaningful criminal justice reform, and protecting access to the ballot box. These challenges could not be more pressing in the face of an Administration that cares little for the rule of law and a President whose actions and conduct cheapens our discourse every day.”
The statement is a blatant attempt to politicize revelations regarding the sexual harassment accusations leveled against him. Regardless of the documents being “paid for by a partisan alt-right blogger,” Conyers’ office has already conceded to their authenticity. What matters is the information contained within the documents, which tell a twisted story of an alleged predator who preys on those he views as beneath him.
Within the statement, Conyers displayed his desire to continue his efforts in towing the Democratic Party line. Conyers was sure to invoke the civil rights issue while taking a direct swipe at the Trump Administration though, the hypocrisy was startling. As Conyers stands accused of numerous instances of sexual harassment, which is against the law, he spoke of “an Administration that cares little for the rule of law.” Someone that cares for the rule of law would not lure a female staffer into a meeting in which he would be wearing nothing but his underwear. The alleged act carried out by Michigan’s 13th District Representative earned him the moniker, “Congressman Underpants.”
Conyers was sure to invoke many of the bumper sticker issues liberal-progressives claim to care about except one; women’s rights. Judging by Maxine Waters’ rousing introduction of Conyers while she was addressing organizers of the Women’s March just last month, the issue of women’s rights should have headlined his statement. Maxine Waters claimed Conyers was “a member of Congress who has been supportive of women for many, many, many years,” as she went on to introduce the Congressman, “He is quiet, he is confident, he is powerful, but he has impeccable integrity on all of our [women’s] issues.”
The sexual harassment claims that have been rocking the country highlighted the hypocrisy which characterizes much of the swamp. Sexual harassment is not a party issue, but it would be remiss to ignore the abject hypocrisy these allegations have revealed about the Democratic Party. Remember, the Democratic Party brands themselves as “the party of women’s rights.” Every single day they refuse to address this hypocrisy while defending Democrats that stand accused, they will further diminish their own credibility while infuriating voters that believed the branding.