Why Politicians Rarely Face Consequences For Sexual Misconduct (HBO)

After weeks of stories about Republicans figuring out what to do with Roy Moore, today was the Democrats’ day to deal with politicians allegedly behaving badly.

John Conyers, a five decade veteran of Congress, resigned his post as minority leader of the House Judiciary Committee after a BuzzFeed story revealed he settled a sexual harassment claim in secret. Conyers denies wrongdoing.

Al Franken, a Senator from Minnesota, told reporters on Capitol Hill that he won’t be resigning after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. Franken says he doesn’t remember the incidents the same way his accusers do.

Progressives have delighted in watching Republicans stumble around how to deal with a president who once bragged about groping and an Alabama Senate candidate who multiple women remember trying to sleep with them when they were teenagers.

Now those same progressives are going to have to watch Democratic leaders perform a similar dance.

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