New Political Strategy: Finance Sex Claims

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

Sexual harassment and sexual assault accusations are now recognized as political strategy.

If accusations of sexual wrongdoing are recognized as a political strategy how likely are people to believe them? The mainstream media acknowledges that partisans are raising funds to support accusers of their political targets. After people become aware that accusations are now a political strategy, will they start dismissing such accusations out of hand?

The New York Times reports, “Partisans, Wielding Money, Begin Seeking to Exploit Harassment Claims.

As the #MeToo movement to expose sexual harassment roils the nation’s capital, political partisans are exploiting the moment, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to support accusers who come forward with charges against President Trump and members of Congress, even amid questions about their motivation.

As accusations take on a partisan tint, activists and lawyers fear that such an evolution could damage a movement that has shaken Hollywood, Silicon Valley, media suites in New York and the hallways of Congress — and has taken down both a Democratic fund-raiser, Harvey Weinstein, and a conservative stalwart, Bill O’Reilly.

“There is a danger in this environment that unsophisticated individuals who have been abused by powerful people could be exploited by groups seeking partisan advantage, or by lawyers seeking a moment in the limelight,” said Debra Katz, a Washington lawyer who has brought sexual harassment cases against politicians from both parties.

The lawyers and operatives behind the most politically charged cases brush off those concerns.

Read the entire NYT story.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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