NEW YORK – Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, when asked about President Bill Clinton’s Monica Lewinsky scandal, said the president should have resigned.
“I would, yes, I think that is the appropriate response. But um, I think things have changed today and I think under those circumstances there should be a very different reaction,” Gillibrand told the New York Tines. “And I think in light of this conversation, we should have a very different conversation about President Trump, and a very different conversation about allegations against him.”
President Trump, and many other politicians and celebrities, has been accused of sexual miscues. Gillibrand’s comments came only hours after Minnesota Democrat Senator Al Franken was accused and of, and later apologized for, groping and kissing a woman without her consent.
Gillibrand has put forth a bill to increase accountability and transparency in the sexual harassment reporting process in congressional offices.
“Congress should never be above the law or play by their own set of rules. The current process has little accountability and even less sensitivity to victims of sexual harassment,” said Gillibrand. “What we are seeing from the powerful #MeToo campaign is that sexual assault and sexual harassment are pervasive across our entire society. What you see time and again in institutions all around the country is a culture where power and fear keep sexual assault and sexual harassment in the shadows. Congress is no different.”