Another Democrat in Congress is standing behind alleged sexual harasser Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and refuses to urge him to resign.
Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee was on MSNBC Thursday dodging the “should he step down” question and instead remained defiant on behalf of her pal:
“I believe the decision to go or come will be the decision of that member. As I understand it, Mr. Conyers is with his family. I’m praying for them. I’m praying for the women to make their decision. But all of those decisions are at the behest of the member and I expect that to be the case here.”
Jackson Lee assured that she “believes women” when they come forward with sexual assault allegations and wants mandatory sexual harassment training for Congress. But as for Conyers, Jackson Lee said, “I’ve only known him to be a patriot.”
Here’s where MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin gets some credit for pressing his Democrat guest to answer why she is so insistent on covering for Conyers. He reminded her about the $27,000 “settlement” Conyers paid in public funds as hush money to one of his victims and how that seemed to him like an admission of guilt.
“Are you concerned at all about your party no longer being able to profess to be the party of women if it doesn’t force a congressman like John Conyers out?” Melvin asked.
After recovering from laughter, Jackson Lee changed the subject to Republicans Roy Moore and Donald Trump and the “appalling” allegations against them. She also veered off into the topic of the sexual abuse against black women going back to the founding of the country. Deflection and race card — two great tastes!
Melvin interrupted the strange rant to inform her that while they were talking, her friend and colleague House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) had called for Conyers’ resignation, prompting the host to ask again if Jackson Lee was still willing to hold her position. She answered in the affirmative.
The congresswoman stressed that she will leave it up to Conyers to make his own decision and resolved to get back to fighting for women — and corrupt congressmen, apparently.