Sarah Palin has never been sexually harassed, and here's the reason why!
Palin, a former Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential nominee, believes that sexual harassment is not to be belittled and explains how the current climate might have dire consequences.
As allegations of sexual abuse mount against some of Hollywood's biggest names as well as some of the country's politicians, former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin said that she has never been a victim of workplace harassment because her co-workers know she packs heat.
When MSNBC reporter asked Palin if she'd ever experienced sexual harassment in the workplace as an ambitious woman in public life, Palin replied: "You know, I think a whole lot people know that I’m probably ‘packing’ – so, I don’t think there’s a whole lot of people who would necessarily mess with me."
She was quick to quash any suggestive tone in her remark that may have made people wonder if she was lightening the ordeal women in the country are going through, adding that she unequivocally condemns sexual harassment of any kind.
Speaking to MSNBC before a Capitol Hill meeting with Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, she continued: "It really stinks for women in the workplace that, for too long, men have thought that they can get away with kind of being that that old-school thinking that it’s OK to belittle and harass women, in general."
Her comments to the channel came only a few hours after a 2006 photo of Minnesota Senator Al Franken showing him groping a sleeping woman circulated online, drawing widespread flak and criticism on social media. The former comedian, best known for his stints on Saturday Night Live, was accused of sexual harassment by Leeann Tweeden, a radio anchorwoman for KABC in Los Angeles.
In an essay on the radio's website, Tweeden claimed that Franken had touched her inappropriately and kissed her against her will while the two were together on a USO Tour in the Middle East. The essay included the viral photo of a grinning Franken cupping Tweeden's breasts while she was sleeping.
Franken, now in damage control, quickly apologized with a hastily written statement that was poorly thought out. He said: "I certainly don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann. As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn’t. I shouldn’t have done it".
Previously, Alabama Senator Roy Moore had been named in a Washington Post exposé which claimed that the former state judge had initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl in the 70s when he was in his 30s. He also allegedly pursued three other girls between the ages of 16 and 18 at the time.
Moore has consistently denied all these allegations and his wife, Kayla Moore, has also vehemently defended her husband, instead, attacking the 'liberal press,' 'the Washington establishment,' and her husband's 'ultra-liberal opponent who supports transgender people.'
Palin stressed that the current epidemic is not a partisan issue, saying: "When we see this happening today, I think it leads to a lot of questions about what standards are going to be applied to whom." She also warned that as the allegations continue to mount, it's a real possibility that innocent individuals could get caught up in the mix.
While Palin has often been criticized for her over-the-top comments, she has hit the head on the nail with her recent interview and hit all the right notes. As allegations will undoubtedly continue to flow, it's important that no innocent life or career gets ruined by falsified claims and glory hunters.
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