Another day, another shitty man. This time it’s Democratic Congressman John Conyers, the nation’s longest serving member of the House of Representatives. We have been hearing a lot about how Congress has been secretly paying off sexual harassment accusers of late, and Buzzfeed has revealed that one of the men paying those settlements is Conyers. He settled a lawsuit with an employee he fired after she rebuffed his sexual advances.
Documents from the complaint obtained by BuzzFeed News include four signed affidavits, three of which are notarized, from former staff members who allege that Conyers, the ranking Democrat on the powerful House Judiciary Committee, repeatedly made sexual advances to female staff that included requests for sexual favors, contacting and transporting 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.
The settlement happened in 2014.
In a weird twist, the documents Buzzfeed obtained came from Mike Cernovich, the Pizzagate conspiracy guy, which is odd because Cernovich is a known rape apologist (the docs were independently verified by Buzzfeed). Also, if Cernovich came into possession of those docs, my guess is that he received them from Republican operatives who, perhaps, want to force Conyers’ resignation (Michigan’s Governor is a Republican), tilting the scales in favor of the GOP. If a slew of resignations are forced in Congress, it is worth noting that 34 states have Republican governors, and governors appoint replacements. And who is more likely to resign? Democrats or Republicans?
On the flip side, I am guessing that next year’s mid-terms will also see a lot of special elections, necessary to replace the interim Congressmen. The only safe thing to do in 2018, folks, is vote in women. Jesus Christ, now more than ever.
Meanwhile, as you all know, Charlie Rose was accused by eight women of sexual misconduct, and it was egregious in many cases. He was suspended on PBS, Bloomberg, and CBS. His female co-anchors at CBS This Morning spoke out, and they were rightfully pissed at that motherfucker.
“This is a moment that demands a frank and honest assessment about where we stand and more generally the safety of women. Let me be very clear. There is no excuse for this alleged behavior. It is systematic and pervasive and I've been doing a lot of listening." — @NorahODonnell pic.twitter.com/9P69QN7spu— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) November 21, 2017
“I really am reeling. I got 1 hour & 42 minutes of sleep last night, both my son and my daughter called me. Oprah called me and said, are you okay? I am not okay. After reading that article in the Post, it was deeply disturbing, troubling and painful for me to read.” - @GayleKing pic.twitter.com/EQoEBHFkUr— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) November 21, 2017
Can I also add something that is so bloody obvious to all of you? This is the first time I have ever realized that Gayle King is that Gayle. Oprah’s Gayle. I always thought Oprah’s Gayle was like Niles’ wife on Frasier: A woman who was often spoken of but never seen. I had no idea she was a public figure (clearly, I do not watch CBS This Morning).