How desperate are liberal Democrats? Maybe desperate enough to turn their heads on physical abuse allegations with an apparent accompanying video? Or willing to ignore their #MeToo stance all in an attempt to elect Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) as their state attorney general?
Information surfaced before the Minnesota primaries which alleged Ellison physically abused his former girlfriend, Karen Monahan.
Monahan’s 25-year-old son posted on Facebook in pertinent part, the following claim:
“In the middle of 2017, I was using my moms computer trying to download something and I clicked on a file, I found over 100 text and twitters messages and video almost 2 min long that showed Keith Ellison dragging my mama off the bed by her feet, screaming and calling her a “f**king bitch” and telling her to get the f**k out of his house. The messages I found, were mixed with him consistently telling my mom he wanted her back, he missed her, he knew he f**ked up and we wished he could do things different, he would victim shaming, bully her, and threaten her if she went public. I text him and told him I know what you did to my mama and a few other things.”
While the media has mostly kept a lid on widespread coverage of the accusations against Ellison, unlike the full coverage the media has extended to others, it appears that many Democrats are willing to overlook what Ellison is being accused and help him on to victory without an investigation.
The Minnesota Democratic Farm Labor (DFL) Party voted on Saturday to endorse Ellison despite questions regarding his prior conduct.
The vote was 326 to 70.
In speaking to a packed auditorium before the DFL, Ellison addressed the 2016 incident described in the Facebook post of Monahan’s son.
Ellison told the crowd:
“I want to tell you, face to face, that I never abused Karen. Despite everything, I still care about her as a person and I don’t want anybody to say anything insulting to her at all.”
DFL Party Chair Ken Martin quickly came to Ellison’s defense.
“Our party is going to do everything it can to help Keith and the other candidates on the ballot.”
Martin later released a statement throwing his full support behind Ellison.
Martin’s statement read:
“As Attorney General, Keith will be a champion for families and fight to hold powerful interests accountable.”
If that weren’t enough to make a mockery of the #MeToo movement, a Minneapolis delegate and Ellison supporter, Roann Carter appeared to minimize the allegations made by Monahan.
Carter acknowledged that she knew Ellison and Monahan had a “messy relationship” but said she still supported Ellison because she didn’t believe he was abusive.
“We have an allegation that’s a serious allegation and I want to take that seriously. But it is as far as I can tell one allegation about one event that took a couple of minutes years ago. … I’ve got 12 years of experience with this guy, I’ve never seen anything like that from him.”
Apparently, to Carter, the length of time of the alleged abuse and the number of years a person has been known negates any criminal act.
It seems that Carter’s philosophy or what constitutes physical abuse goes against the stigma the women of the #MeToo movement believe they have to deal with when their claims are minimized due to the fact that the accused is a prominent figure in the community.
Not to worry victims of abuse, Ellison made this promise before leaving the stage Saturday night. (#sarcasm)
Ellison urged those in attendance to “stick with me in this moment.”
“Even though I have said to you and said to anyone who wants to listen that what I was accused of is not true, I have learned a lot and I promise to you that I will be transparent and forthright about everything.
I will continue to affirm the importance of the movement that is giving victims a voice.”
Now, don’t you feel better?
While everyone should be presumed innocent and have his or her day in court when allegations are made, it would appear that the rules are quite different for Democrats.
For Democrats, merely saying you are “innocent” should be enough to get you elected to a coveted position like state attorney general, where ethics and honesty are key to establish public trust.
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