Dem Lawmaker Defends Conyers Because His Accusers Were “White Women”

Dem Lawmaker Defends Conyers Because His Accusers Were White Women

As several congressional leaders called for the resignation of Democratic Rep. John Conyers in light of sexual harassment allegations against him, another Democrat came to his aid with a truly despicable defense.

In defending the Michigan lawmaker, South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn reportedly cited the case of Susan Smith— an infamous child murderer who initially blamed a black man for her children’s disappearance in 1994 — in an apparent argument that because Conyers’ accusers are white, they shouldn’t be believed.

Robert Draper, a writer for the New York Times Magazine and National Geographic, tweeted that Clyburn had used the comparison at a House Democrat caucus meeting on Wednesday.

“(T)hese are all white women who’ve made these charges against Conyers,” the House assistant Democrat leader said, according to Draper.

Draper later tweeted that he had verified Clyburn’s statements through two sources.

“Clyburn has used the Susan Smith parallel more than once, to members & staffers,” he explained.

The Congressional Black Caucus, of which Clyburn is a member, defended the congressman’s intentions behind his statement, arguing that he was only suggesting that all the facts should be known before making a decision about Conyers’ guilt.

But, if that were true, why not just say that? Why not just say that all the facts need to be gathered before coming to a conclusion? What purpose did he have in invoking a story about a white woman who blamed a black man for something if not to suggest that Conyers’ accusers were doing something similar?

Maybe because the facts in this case aren’t favorable to Clyburn’s buddy.

In fact, Conyers settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015 with a former employee who alleged she was fired because she would not “succumb to [his] sexual advances.”

Although settling a lawsuit does not necessarily prove guilt, documents from the court proceedings obtained by BuzzFeed News certainly don’t paint Conyers in the most innocent of lights.

Four signed affidavits — three of which were notarized — from former staff members alleged that Conyers repeatedly made sexual advances to female staff that included requests for sex acts, having them contact and transport other women with whom they believed Conyers was having affairs, caressing their hands sexually, and rubbing their legs and backs in public.

Four people involved with the case verified the documents are authentic, BuzzFeed reported.

In a separate case, another former staffer to the Michigan lawmaker alleged that Conyers persistently harassed her, including unwanted sexual touching “repeatedly and daily.”

But, when she attempted to file a sealed lawsuit sealed in February, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia denied the motion to seal the case, and she subsequently dropped it, according to BuzzFeed.

Identity politics shouldn’t be a defense for sexual misconduct. Imagine if a white, Republican man, accused by black women of the same allegations, defended himself by saying: “But, all these women are black.”

The left would be outraged, and rightfully so.

To be fair, a day after his comments comparing the situation to Susan Smith, Clyburn officially called for Conyers to resign, according to The Hill. 

Apparently, it only took one day to “get all the facts” he needed to decide that Conyers was unfit to continue serving the American people, which makes us wonder if “getting the facts” was ever his priority, at all.

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