Weaponizing Rape and Sexual Assault

Weaponizing Rape and Sexual Assault

Weaponizing Rape and Sexual Assault

The saga of Brett Kavanaugh made me sick on a very personal level. I know from experience what rape can do to a human being. I know what a foul and dehumanizing act of violence it is. And that’s why weaponizing rape and sexual assault is a sick, repulsive strategy, and why any politician using it should be shunned – I don’t care what side of the political aisle said creature comes from.

The local radio stations in Virginia recently ran a political spot by GOP Senate candidate Corey Stewart implying that incumbent Democrat Tim Kaine was guilty of sexual harassment, because Kaine supposedly opposed releasing data from the Congressional Office of Compliance about Congressional misconduct payouts of more than $17 million for allegations of everything from sexual misconduct to racism.

In the ad, Stewart refers to $17.2 million paid by Congress since 1990 for 264 settlements and awards to federal employees for violations of a wide variety of employment rules, ranging from the Americans With Disabilities Act to sexual harassment. A “large portion” of the cases involved legislative offices other than the House and the Senate, according to the Congressional Office of Compliance.

“While Tim Kaine and the Democrats falsely accuse Judge Kavanaugh over high school rumors, they won’t tell us which of the senators are sexual predators,” Stewart says in the ad, referring to Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh. An ominous soundtrack plays in the background. “Why not Senator Kaine? What are you hiding? Are you on that list?”

That claim is absolute and utter horse shit on several levels.

Kaine, in fact, has pushed the OCC to release information about these misconduct allegations, and he was denied.

Not that this matters to Corey Stewart, who apparently took the repugnant travesty that was Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation fiasco as license to hurl sexual assault allegations at his opponent in a desperate attempt to reduce his lag in the polls, where he’s trailing Kaine by double digits.

Let’s get something straight right now.

What Corey Stewart is doing is disgusting. He is weaponizing rape for political expediency, much like Dianne Feinstein and Mazie Hirono did with Brett Kavanaugh. He is Cory Booker and Kamala Harris in white supremacist drag. He is using every victim – every man, woman, and child who has suffered the soul-crushing violence of rape and sexual assault – as a tool to destroy the reputation and life of his opponent, because Stewart is an impotent little rodent who has no clear path to victory and nothing to offer Virginia voters other than his tongue bathing of white supremacist taint and his reputation for being such a pernicious yambag, that he was shitcanned by the Trump campaign in 2016.

Make no mistake. Stewart wasn’t disgusted by the attempted destruction and humiliation of Brett Kavanaugh. He took lessons from it.

What the Democrats did to Kavanaugh made me want to throw up. They ruined his reputation. They called him a serial rapist. They caused his wife and children to receive death threats. They tried to tank him based on garbage hearsay with no corroborating evidence. And although he ultimately prevailed, he will forever carry that stain with him thanks to the filthy efforts of Feinstein, Chuck Schumer, Harris, and Booker. What they did was attempt to destroy a man’s life because they disagreed with him politically.

Destroy. His. Life.

And now Corey Stewart thinks it’s OK to do the same thing to Kaine because the Democrats did it first?

Oh, hell no! I refuse to be used as a weapon in Stewart’s puerile, weak attempt to gain political points by destroying the life and reputation of yet another man, and I don’t give a rat’s gangrenous ass what his political views are! And I would hope that every victim – no matter what gender, race, or political affiliation would find such tactics ethically unacceptable.

I can’t stand Kaine’s politics. There’s very little I find in his political agenda with which to agree. He was Hillary Clinton’s running mate, ferfuckssake! But just like with Kavanaugh, I find this attempt to paint him with the brush of sexual harassment/assault disgusting to my very core. If there’s one thing with which I do agree, it’s Kaine’s effort to wrest information from the OCC about the taxpayer payoffs to those alleging misconduct.

And to be sure, this is not the first time Stewart has launched misleading, repulsive attacks on his opponents. In a contentious primary, Stewart field directors mocked Freitas’ last name (he’s of Portuguese descent) as something you’d get off “a Taco Bell menu,” and when called to repudiate the attack, Stewart said his opponent – who was a Green Beret, by the way, and has more courage and integrity in his beard clippings on any given day than Stewart has had in his entire career – should grow a thicker skin if he hoped to take on Kaine in the fall.

If this is what Stewart meant when he promised a “vicious Senate campaign” against Kaine, I want no part of it.

Sexual assault, rape, and sexual harassment are not a game. They’re not a political tool to be used by ethically challenged politicians in a game of “let’s see who can sling more mud.” The victims of sexual violence are not your tool to exploit, Dianne Feinstein, Cory Booker, and Corey Stewart.

Weaponizing rape is a no-go at this station, motherfucker.

Featured photo courtesy of Associated Press file photos at The News & Advance.

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Marta Hernandez is an immigrant, writer, editor, science fiction fan (especially military sci-fi), and a lover of freedom, her children, her husband and her pets. She loves to shoot, and range time is sacred, as is her hiking obsession, especially if we’re talking the European Alps. She is an avid caffeine and TWD addict, and wants to own otters, sloths, wallabies, koalas, and wombats when she grows up.

22 Comments
  • Scott says:

    Well said Marta. I know nothing about Stuart, and Kaine is a jackass, who you pointed out was running mate to Hitlery of all people.
    That being said, I do believe 100% that anyone that supports keeping these payments for Congressional conduct hidden deserves to be called out for it.But if they have actually pushed for it to be released, as Kaine did, it is, as you said, bullshit.
    There is plenty to attack these asses with, and pushing for release of documents that hide misconduct do not have to sink to the same depths of unfounded accusations that the left does.

    • Marta Hernandez says:

      There is plenty to attack Kaine on as far as his politics. Problem is Corey is hardly a conservative. He’s a big spending RINO who has glommed onto Trump’s coattails and has nothing to offer Virginians other than “Huh huh. I agree with Trump,” which is why he’s nearly 20 percent behind in the polls.

      I don’t think he will nose by THAT much, because… well… polls, but lose he will, and this is his desperate attempt to “Kavanaugh” Kaine, because he’s an impotent slug who has nothing else to offer.

      By the way, husband and I and a bunch of others had drinks with that weasel in a bar back in 2012 or 2011 (can’t remember which), and he was a pathetic rodent back then as well. He always gave off that air of desperation to be liked.

      • scott says:

        Fair enough Marta. Like you, I think it’s bullshit to vote for someone just because of the letter after their name. They need to be evaluated on the merits.

        • Marta Hernandez says:

          Absolutely, sir! FTR – the former Green Beret would have been amazing! I think he had the best chance of kicking Kaine’s ass, and the battle would have been epic and interesting.

          Have you ever seen the video of Freitas defending the Second Amendment? It was EPIC!!!

  • GWB says:

    legislative offices other than the House and the Senate
    Ummmm…… what? The House and the Senate are the totality of the legislative branch, in my copy of the Constitution. Maybe all the “deep state” isn’t in the executive branch.

    He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
    Maybe we should fix that.

    He was Hillary Clinton’s running mate
    She had a running mate?!? Are you sure about that?

    *smdh* Politicos like Stewart is why we can’t have nice things.

    • Marta Hernandez says:

      In this case, “legislative offices other than the House and Senate” means other than actual members, such as gardeners, staffers, etc.

  • Fen says:

    When did sexual assault become the equivalent of the horrors of the Holocaust?

    American women are the most spoiled creatures on the planet. After Kavanaugh, after #BlameAllMen, i no longer care about their politicization of rape.

    Women are so blind in their bigotry too. Predictable responses to this: first they will assume that as a Male, I cant understand what’s it’s like to be raped because men cant be raped (?) . Then they’ll claim i probably enjoyed it.

    “The feminist movement died a millisecond after impact” – Lucifer’s Hammer

    I’m done defending women. You’re equal. Congrats.

    • Marta Hernandez says:

      Not sure exactly what you’re on about.

      1) I never mentioned the Holocaust.
      2) I specifically mentioned men, women, and children as victims of sexual assault.
      3) What they did to Kavanaugh was repugnant. They used the very real trauma rape and sexual assault victims experience as a weapon to tank the confirmation of a decent man to the nation’s highest courts, because they couldn’t do it any other way.
      4) If you support that kind of travesty of justice, from ANY side of the political aisle, you can eat a dick.

      • GWB says:

        1) You didn’t. He’s using it as a rhetorical comparison to exaggerate the treatment feminists give rape and sexual assault. (You went “weaponized”, he went Godwin.)

        2) He’s riffing on them, not you.

        3&4) Don’t think he disagrees. (Not sure he was mentally aware of a woman having written this.) He’s coming down on feminists.

        “You’re equal. Congrats.” He seems to be tossing the baby with the bath water here. He’s ticked about feminists and their helpers weaponizing sexual assault and rape, and says – instead of “believe all women” – “not defending any woman.”
        It’s a logical fallacy, but an easy one to make because of the hatred displayed by the feminists, and their claim to “all” women.

        • Marta Hernandez says:

          Completely unclear to me, and confusing AF. But thanks for clarifying. It sounded like he was reading a completely different article than the one I had written.

      • David says:

        Being in my early 60s why did the #metoo use the pound sign, For the life of me i can’t understand that How is poundmetoo a defensive term

  • John says:

    It’s best to just avoid women.

  • David Gudeman says:

    One of the reasons that we can’t stop the Democrats from using uncivil and odious tactics is that there are so many Republicans who work to protect the Democrats from suffering the same tactics that they routinely use on Republicans. You will never get a consensus that it is wrong to mob people at their homes, mob speakers to shut down their forum, use criminal investigations as a political weapon, or use accusations of rape as a political weapon, until enough Democrats experience those attacks to want to see the tactic ended. They have amply demonstrated that they cannot be reasoned with and that they have no compassion for their political opponents, so there is nothing left to dissuade them but pain. Don’t protect them from the pain.

    I understand that you want to be consistent and fair. If you criticize a tactic when the other side uses it, you feel compelled to criticize it when your side uses it, and that’s an admirable trait, but you are not properly considering the context of your actions which is that Republicans have been doing the good work of policing their own party for forty years while the Democrats have persistently refused to police their side, and the result is that the Democrats have gotten progressively worse. At some point you have to realize that being fair and consistent is aiding an enemy that has no interest in fairness.

    I’m not proposing you use the tactics that you condemn. I wouldn’t do so. But take a page from the Democrats: criticize the Democrats that do those things and remain silent when someone on your side does it. Make the Democrats do all of the criticizing in those cases. Get them in the habit of saying that the tactic itself is wrong.

    • Marta Hernandez says:

      I’m sorry, but I have to disagree on remaining silent. This is an ODIOUS tactic, and I’m repulsed by the very thought of it. I cannot remain silent in the face of such insidious, disgusting, immoral crap. Nope. Sorry.

      • David Gudeman says:

        By stiffing the tactic just on one side, you are guaranteeing that it will continue to be used by the other side. Instead of the brief and grotesque fad it should have been, it will become another staple of the American political system, like calling Republicans racists and saying that pro-life people want to enslave women.

        How is that a good result?

      • Russ Wood says:

        Marta, I have a good idea of how you feel. But a problem that is facing us as a civilisation (with emphasis on the ‘civil’) is that the barbarians are amongst us. And unless those barbarians are fought, the civilisation will fall, as did ancient Athens and Rome. Now, if people can come up with some ‘non-barbarian’ means of defeating them…

  • Cameron says:

    Honest question asked from the perspective of someone who doesn’t live in Virginia:

    How in the Blessed Name of Saint Monkeyfuck did Freitas lose to this (alleged) man?

    • Marta Hernandez says:

      Saint Monkeyfuck? That is beyond AWESOME!

      My guess is that Corey had the name recognition more than Freitas did. Corey ran for Lt. Governor, for Governor, and now for the Senate. He lost all primaries except this last one. He’s been around for a while, desperately trying to win a statewide seat or a Senate seat, and he has made national news several times – for nothing good. Freitas is relatively new, and while he has a very energized, incredible fan base, he has some work to do. Plus, apparently his ground game left a lot to be desired, according to some folks I know.

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