Women speaking out about the men who have sexually assaulted, abused or harassed them will take to the national stage on Wednesday where organizers and past victims will call for Sen. Al Franken (D-MI) and Reps. John Conyers (D-MI) and Joe Barton (R-TX) to resign.
All three lawmakers have been accused of sexual misconduct, including unwanted sexual advances and groping, and, in Barton’s case, texting explicit messages and a photo of himself naked.
Some of the women who will be at the National Press Club in D.C. have been speaking out for years about former president Bill Clinton assaulting or abusing them, including Juanita Broaddrick (who said Clinton raped her), Paula Jones (whose suit against Clinton for sexual harassment was settled before a trial) and Leslie Millwee, (who said she was stalked and assaulted three times by Bill Clinton while she was a TV reporter in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Melanie Morgan, a radio talk show host and co-founder of Media Equalizer, which organized the Media Equality Project and Wednesday’s event, will share her experience with Franken.
Morgan told Breitbart News that she met Franken in 2000 at a roundtable discussion about the federal budget. She said he got in her face several times and then, after getting her phone number from a producer of the event, Franken called here repeatedly.
“I felt very threatened, very intimidated by his behavior,” said Morgan, who finally stopped the harassment after she told Franken she was going to contact the police.
“He completely freaked me out,” Morgan said. And that’s also what resonated with her after hearing radio talk show host Leann Tweeden’s story about Franken groping her when she was sleeping and force kissing her while they were taking part in a USO trip abroad.
“I knew in that moment that her story was true,” Morgan said.
Franken offers second apology but still doesn’t remember groping women, or acting inappropriately. WTH? Maybe seeing some of us in person will help jog his failing memory @MediaEqualizer @seanhannity @SScalpings
— Melanie Morgan (@MelMorgan1350) November 27, 2017
“Dozens of women and other victims of sexual harassment are joining together this Wednesday with this message: #ShowUsTheList of representatives or staffers who received taxpayer-funded pay-outs,” the press release announcing the protest and press conference said.
The Media Equality Project wants to confront these abusers and hold them accountable.
“We believe that this effort should be in a spirit of bi-partisanship in order to end sexual harassment on Capitol Hill and across the country,” the press release said.
And yet, according to Morgan, efforts to get the women in Congress who have spoken out again sexual misconduct and harassment on Capitol Hill have not responded to the invitation to join the event on Wednesday.
Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, (D-NY), Diane Feinstein (D-CA), and Reps. Jackie Speier, (D-CA) Kathleen Rice (D-NY), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) and Melanie Sloan, head of the liberal watchdog group Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility, were invited.
As of Tuesday morning, none had agreed to attend the event.
“If they are serious about ending sexual assault and other degradation of women then they should stand with us,” Morgan said.
Other speakers include radio talk show host Blanquita Cullum and Alveda King, niece of the late Martin Luther King Jr.
“Our message is clear: Senator Franken, Congressmen Conyers, and Barton must resign now! And Congress must end taxpayer-funded payouts to harassment victims in an effort to silence their voices and complaints,” the press release said.