Sunday Reads: Rapey Republicans

There has been so many stories of sexual assault within the Republican party this past week, that for me…as a survivor, I have blocked out many news outlets. Even some of the post here on the blog is hard to get through.

Here are a few tweets illustrating what I am talking about:










Recent sexual assault claims within the Republican Right:

Spokesman for GOP on Kavanaugh nomination resigns; has been accused of harassment in the past

A press adviser helping lead the Senate Judiciary Committee’s response to a sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has stepped down amid evidence he was fired from a previous political job in part because of a sexual harassment allegation against him.

Garrett Ventry, 29, who served as a communications aide to the committee chaired by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, had been helping coordinate the majority party’s messaging in the wake of Christine Blasey Ford’s claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her 36 years ago at a high school party. In a response to NBC News, Ventry denied any past “allegations of misconduct.”

After NBC News raised questions about Ventry’s employment history and the sexual harassment allegation against him, Judiciary Committee Spokesman Taylor Foy replied in a statement: “While (Ventry) strongly denies allegations of wrongdoing, he decided to resign to avoid causing any distraction from the work of the committee.”

Ventry also resigned Saturday from the public relations company where he had been on a temporary leave of absence to work for the Judiciary Committee, a company spokesman told NBC News.

Republicans familiar with the situation had been concerned that Ventry, because of his history, could not lead an effective communications response.


This shit is out of control!

Grassley adviser resigns after sexual harassment accusation – The Washington Post

Garrett Ventry submitted his resignation Friday night, he said in a brief phone interview Saturday morning. He said he denies the allegation but stepped down “in order to not be a distraction” as Senate Republicans continue to work to get Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh confirmed.

“Garrett was one of several temporary staff brought on to assist in the committee’s consideration of the Supreme Court nomination, a team that has done outstanding work,” a committee spokesman said Saturday morning. “While he strongly denies allegations of wrongdoing, he decided to resign to avoid causing any distraction from the work of the committee.

NBC News reported Saturday morning that it had been investigating Ventry’s past employment history, including his tenure in the office of North Carolina House Majority Leader John Bell in 2017. According to the network, Ventry was let go from the office after a female GOP staffer in the North Carolina General Assembly accused him of sexual harassment. He had also been accused of embellishing his résumé.

And then there is this guy…



The media is not helping the situation:


See that thread for more….




Finally, this from last night:

I hope if there are indeed more women, they are going to come forward.

This is an open thread.

28 Comments on “Sunday Reads: Rapey Republicans”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    I’m just not feeling it lately. Too much PTSD….

    • NW Luna says:


    • dakinikat says:

      After Katrina, I used to binge watch disaster movies and survivor “reality” shows like Bear Grylls to feel a way to become empowered.

      Now I watch marathons of SUV.

      It occurred to me this behavior is probably consistent

      Dr. Ford will testify on Thursday. I bet Avenatti has a few more victims as clients.
      We will learn more bad things.

      • NW Luna says:

        I read too much — sci fic and fantasy about active, powerful women fighting their way through. Or nonfiction on plants or geology. The real news are too triggering.

        • dakinikat says:

          I have a lot of busy work associated with teaching these days since it’s on line and Purdue has a lot of women at all levels. I’m happy for the student contact and I try to immerse myself in the idea that I’m trying to change things one person at a time still. Watching my daughters helps too. I’m happy that one’s a doctor and one’s right in the belly of the beast of the market managing derivatives traders which is mathy and has been totally male dominated. They both are in nontraditional jobs and excell ng plus there’s the added bonus of Jean working and advocating for women’s health including lowering C sec rates and having an army of midwifes so women can have birthing experiences that meet their needs. I try to stay at the level where I can see I’ve made a difference. Otherwise, I think I would be much worse.

      • Sweet Sue says:

        So do I. I watch day long marathons of SUV. I find the presence of Olivia Benson very comforting.

    • Sweet Sue says:

      Please tell me that you’re still feeling it enough to vote in November, JJ.

  2. MsMass says:

    Hillary on Colbert

    • NW Luna says:

      HRC gets a standing ovation. Her expression when Colbert reads her accomplishments “Winner of the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election.” Never had to steal a treaty off Obama’s desk!

  3. NW Luna says:

    The party of men: Kavanaugh fight risks worsening the Trump GOP’s gender problem

    The Republican Party’s fight to save President Trump’s embattled Supreme Court nominee amid allegations of sexual assault has surfaced deep anxieties over the hypermasculine mind-set that has come to define the GOP in the nation’s roiling gender debate.

    The images are striking: The specter of Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee — all 11 of them men — questioning U.S. Appeals Court Judge Brett A. Kavanaugh’s female accuser. A senior GOP aide working on the confirmation resigning amid his own sexual harassment allegations. A viral photo of “women for Kavanaugh” featuring more men than women. A South Carolina Republican congressman making a crude joke about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg being groped by Abraham Lincoln.

    And then there is the party’s id, Trump, who as a candidate denied more than a dozen accusations of sexual assault and harassment and sought to silence and retaliate against his accusers — and who as president has defended one accused man after another.

    • dakinikat says:

      • dakinikat says:

        And he says it’s not Deborah Ramirez.

        • bostonboomer says:

          OMG! OMG! OMG! I just knew someone else would come forward.

          • Sweet Sue says:

            Stick a fork in that smarmy, gin blossom faced bastard. Oh, and keep him away from girls basketball teams.

          • dakinikat says:

            If one of my daughters was on his team, they’d be pulled and entering therapy right now. But, Mitchie says they’re plowing through all the those women’s bodies ….

        • Pilgrim says:

          There’s a certain poetic justice emerging: all these years after Kavanaugh took such prurient delight, while on Starr’s team, in quetioning Bill Clinton about explicit matters relating to his genitalia, now his own history of planting his own penis in a classmate’s face….

          “Judge not that you be not judged.” Kavanaugh really stressed in his confirmation hearing what a devout Catholic he is and how he lives according to “Matthew 25,” feeding the poor, clothing the naked….

          Somewhere in the Bible it says, “Be sure your sin will find you out.”

          • Sweet Sue says:

            Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: 2 “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. 4 They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.

  4. dakinikat says:

  5. dakinikat says:

    The “Little Jerk” Once defined by his loathing for Trump, Lindsey Graham is now all-in for the president. Why?

    This waffling, from a politician who has always presented himself as a stalwart protector of the rule of law, made Democrats who had imagined in him a conscience or a plausible rebel turn away in despair. Even some of Graham’s erstwhile friends in the GOP reminded him of what he’d said just last year, that if Trump fired Sessions, “there would be holy hell to pay.” Bill Kristol, the conservative pundit and former ally of Graham’s, shamed him on Twitter: “History will record that @LindseyGrahamSC went out of his way to court favor with Donald Trump at precisely the moment … his enablers needed to hear a message of resistance.”

  6. Old Guy says:

    Graham follows the money. Whatever the major donors point is where he goes and what he says. Too many more like him. Read: Most of them.

  7. dakinikat says:

    Just when you thought he couldn’t get any more coo coo …

  8. dakinikat says:

    gang rape?

  9. Pilgrim says:

    Minkoff: pretty good title you got there — “Rapey Republicans” Everywhere you look they are at it. And those goofy fundamentalist Christians think it’s all A-OK.

  10. bostonboomer says:

    The latest is that Rosenstein still has his job. Stay tuned.