State Sen. Barbara L’Italien is running on an unusual platform. She says that if she is elected to Congress, she will immediately move to impeach Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas for sexual harassment.
She claims two of the most powerful men in America are accused of sexual harassment. The second man she is talking about must be Bill Clinton, since the two women who claimed they had sex with Donald Trump, both say it was consensual and the dozen or so women Clinton assaulted say in their case it wasn’t. But what do you expect? She’s from Massachusetts. Facts don’t matter there.
At Justice Thomas’s confirmation hearings in 1991, Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill accused him of sexual harassment — one of the first such cases made against a public figure. Justice Thomas vehemently denied the charges, calling them a “high-tech lynching” against an “uppity” black man.
Numerous women who’d worked with Justice Thomas said the graphic accusations from Ms. Hill were not credible to them.
But according to Ms. L’Italien, there is “considerable evidence that Thomas lied under oath” about sexually harassing Ms. Hill.
“There is an elephant in the room for Congress in the #MeToo era. Our leaders have to start talking about it. Two of the most powerful men in the country have been credibly accused of sexual crimes and gotten away with it,” she said. “Laws cracking down on sexual assault have to be signed by a president who multiple women say assaulted them. Regulations to stop sexual harassment can be struck down by a Supreme Court justice who lied under oath to counter allegations of sexual harassment. Why would victims think a government like that is looking out for them?
While Democratic control of the U.S. House is widely considered a reasonable possibility after November, a two-thirds majority in the Senate is not, meaning that the chances of Justice Thomas being impeached and removed from the court are essentially nil.
It looks like the Trump derangement syndrome has made it’s way to Massachusetts. Her efforts on Thomas is bound to fail since there was never any evidence that Justice Thomas ever harassed Anita Hill, who couldn’t explain why she would follow her sexual harasser from job to job after he allegedly harassed her. If there had been one shred of evidence that Thomas was guilty, he would never have been confirmed because Democrats did not want him on the court because he is an originalist, just like Brett Kavanaugh.
Thomas is safe though. The third district has 10 candidates and she isn’t within shouting distance of first place. This is probably a ploy to grab off some votes from women.