White House press secretary Sarah Sanders (pictured above) lectured Democrats for loving to “exploit” and “champion” women leveling sexual assault allegations for “political gain” until “they disagree with them” during an interview on ABC News’ “Good Morning America” on Tuesday.
“I think that the way that [Democrats] have operated in this is absolutely appalling,” Sanders told ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos. “If anything has been appalling, it’s the way that they have gone after and used these people’s stories and their lives and exploited them for political gain.”
Sanders rebuked Democrats for quickly rallying around Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s two accusers and claiming Kavanaugh is guilty until proven innocent as part of the “political games” they began even before President Donald Trump announced Kavanaugh’s nomination on July 9.
Christine Blasey Ford, who initially wished to remain anonymous, publicly accused Kavanaugh September 16 of sexually assaulting her some 36 years ago at a high school party in suburban Maryland.
Although Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) received Ford’s allegations in July, she didn’t make them public until September 14, after they surfaced anonymously.
Kavanaugh’s confirmation experienced another setback late Sunday when former Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez accused him in an article for The New Yorker of exposing himself to her at a party in college.
The Supreme Court nominee unequivocally has denied all of the sexual assault allegations against him.
“The president once again has said on a number of occasions that he thinks everybody’s voices should be heard and let’s let this process play out. It’s the Democrats who have been halting it from the beginning and not allowing this to go through the process because they want this to be a political game,” Sanders said.
But Stephanopoulos suggested that “it does seem, though, that the president has already reached a judgment about [the Kavanaugh accusers’] stories,” claiming that there “does seem to be a pattern” of Trump “consistently, every single time, takes the side of the man.”
“You know, it’s interesting that you say that. It’s a lot of Democrats that like to ignore [Rep.] Keith Ellison [D-Minn.] and [Sen.] Cory Booker [D-N.J.],” Sanders replied. “They love to fight and champion women until they disagree with them.”
When a former girlfriend of Ellison came forward with thoroughly documented abuse allegations against him just days before his August 2018 Democratic primary victory in his bid to become Minnesota’s attorney general — the party exhibited no such rush to judgment.
“It’s a lot of Democrats that like to ignore Keith Ellison and Cory Booker. They love to fight and champion women until they disagree with them.”
Ellison, who became the first Muslim to serve in the U.S. Congress in 2007, is also the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
During the final days of Ellison’s Democratic primary fight in August for the state attorney general nomination, the son of the congressman’s ex-girlfriend, Karen Monahan, accused him in a lengthy Facebook post of domestic violence. The son said there is a video of Ellison “dragging my mama off the bed by her feet” and “screaming at her.”
Monahan came forward publicly shortly after that to corroborate her son’s allegations and tweeted a picture of a 2017 doctor’s report last week discussing her allegations against Ellison by name.
Ellison denied those charges, and Monahan’s account was largely dismissed or ignored by Democrats and has been given only token coverage by the liberal mainstream media.
Booker admitted in a column he wrote in the 1990s, while studying at Stanford University, that he groped a woman without her consent when he was 15.
Former Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) resigned from the Senate in January after a photo surfaced corroborating a women’s accusation that he groped her while she was asleep.
“Al Franken lost his job in the Senate,” Stephanopoulos reminded Sanders.
But Sanders insisted that “a number of other Democrats should have the same type of scrutiny.”
“Every single time the president has taken the side of the man against women accusers,” Stephanopoulos claimed.
Sanders doubled down, saying, “That’s not true. And in this case, the president knows Brett Kavanaugh. He’s heard his story. There hasn’t been a shred of evidence to corroborate the other individual stories and there has been a lot of individuals that have come forward and talked about the Brett Kavanaugh that they know and they’re confident that these things didn’t happen.”
“As last I can remember, we’re still a country where you’re innocent until proven guilty — except when you’re a conservative Republican,” Sanders said. “It is absolutely shameful what the Democrats have done and the way that they’ve turned this into a complete political process.”
Sanders noted that “multiple lives have been ruined” and “both families have been drug through the mud” because of Feinstein’s decision not to air Ford’s allegations in July.
“Dianne Feinstein could have done this in a much more structured process and instead waited until the 11th hour and is playing political games with people’s lives,” Sanders said. “And I find that to be disgraceful and disgusting, and she certainly needs to shoulder a lot of the blame for what’s going on right now.”