It was a rare occasion the day before the new year when the New York Times reported on the weaponization of sexual harassment claims, primarily for political purposes. As satisfying as it was to watch the downfall of liberals creeps like Harvey Weinstein, the wave of accusations that followed have demolished anyone accused without exception.
That’s a bit worrying, especially when it’s an anonymous accusation that can destroy a man instantly in the court of public opinion. And unlike most accusations, the evidence doesn’t seem to matter to the public. When it comes to sexual crimes, to be accused is to be guilty. The accused may have the chance to defend their innocence in court – but that’s only long after their reputations have been left in tatters.
And when an anonymous accusations can destroy a politician, what’s to stop false accusations from being weaponized by political actors against their opponents? Well, according to the Times report, that’s already happening.
As Amanda Prestigiacomo summarized, “two close Clinton allies dumped at least $700,000 to prominent sexual harassment lawyer Lisa Bloom to fund women willing to accuse then-candidate Donald Trump of sexual misconduct the week before the presidential election.”
More from the Daily Wire report:
David Brock — a Democratic operative and the founder of left-wing Media Matters, described by the Times as “Hillary Clinton’s fiercest loyalists during her campaign against Mr. Trump” — partly funded the effort with $200,000. The other major donor uncovered in the report is longtime Hillary friend and fashion entrepreneur Susie Tompkins Buell, who paid a whopping $500,000 to fund potential accusers procured by Ms. Bloom.
Bloom “seized on the political potency of sexual harassment charges against Mr. Trump not long after he clinched the Republican presidential nomination,” reports the Times. A group founded by Brock, American Bridge 21st Century Foundation, “secretly spent $200,000 on an unsuccessful effort to bring forward accusations of sexual misconduct against Mr. Trump before Election Day,” individuals “familiar with the arrangements” told the Times.
The operation was unsuccessful for the sole reason that their accusers wanted even more money. One woman requested $2 million to come forward, then decided not to anyway.
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