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Bad news is hitting for possible 2020 presidential candidate and current Democratic Sen. Corey Booker — and it could be making hypocrites of his entire party in the process.
An accusation has been made via Twitter that “Spartacus” — as the New Jersey senator infamously referred to himself during Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation battle — sexually assaulted a gay man.
The account, without being too graphic, does detail what allegedly happened when the man said he met Booker at “an informal gathering” four years ago. It also gives some detail about the man making the accusation without identifying him.
(Note: Some very crude language.)
The gist of the story is that Booker, who has admitted sexually groping a female friend in high school, sexually assaulted the man in a restroom after the alleged victim complimented him. The alleged victim’s account, published online, is lengthy and was shared with an attorney.
— Deep Throat (@TheeDeepThroat) October 20, 2018
According to the man’s story, the alleged incident occured in 2014 and the victim claims to be a liberal who was a Democrat at the time.
While he wrote that he has gone through rough times since the alleged incident, — “Fast forward 2 jobs, 3 therapists and one suicide attempt later to the latter half of last month” — he wrote that Booker’s behavior during the Kavanaugh hearings convinced him to speak out.
“Watching Mr. Booker’s histrionic defense of the alleged sexual assault victim was so laughably ironic, so jarringly cringeworthy, and so triggering that it put me into a state of depressed rumination,” he wrote.
He made contact with a lawyer — Harmeet Dhillon of the Dillon Law Group, the high-profile Republican attorney and a member of the Republican National Committee.
At Dhillon’s urging, the man wrote, he reached out to New Yorker reporter Ronan Farrow, who has broken so many #MeToo stories, but Farrow did not show much interest in his story, from the man’s account. (Readers might remember Farrow co-bylined an article in the New Yorker in which a former Yale classmate of Kanaugh’s accused him of drunkenly exposing himself during a party. That story had no corroborating witnesses, but it didn’t stop Farrow from going with it.)
Using the Twitter handle “Deep Throat,” the alleged victim posted a follow-up to his accusation post, addressing some questions and concerns that were raised regarding not reporting at the time and if he will press charges. The statute of limitations would prohibit charges being filed at this time.
Brief follow-up to some concerns that have been raised: pic.twitter.com/6zjDu0vaIS
— Deep Throat (@TheeDeepThroat) October 20, 2018
As the whole country probably remembers, when Kavanaugh was accused of sexual assault, Booker himself had a lot to say that now he may wish he didn’t.
For example, he said witnesses who could not remember the party where Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford said she was assaulted might have cast doubt on the accusations, but did not exonerate Kavanaugh. Booker may regret setting that standard for his own situation.
— Damian (@Damian68829005) October 21, 2018
In Kavanaugh’s case, Booker and others made it clear that evidence didn’t matter. An accusation was enough for Booker when it came to Kavanaugh. Now, some conservatives are using that against him.
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) October 21, 2018
Booker also said that in Kavanaugh’s case it wasn’t about politics but “moral leadership.” The same applies to Booker, right?
— Felonia McPantsuit (@mcpantsuit) October 21, 2018
At one point, as The Daily Caller noted, Booker said, “There is so much at stake here — this has nothing to do with politics. This has to do with who we are as moral leaders” and that “in a moral moment, there is no neutral.”
He also called those supporting Kavanaugh “complicit in evil.” So, does the same apply to anyone supporting Booker against a similarly unproven accusation?
Conservative activists and commenters have been calling for an investigation of Booker regarding the accusation. One must be undertaken, right?
— Stacey Dash (@staceydash) October 20, 2018
Hey Oliver, Why don't you push to investigate @CoryBooker sexually assaulting a gay man.
— Junior T. Willis (@Willjr2020) October 21, 2018
@RonanFarrow Hey, Ronan, when are you going to investigate Corey Booker's alleged assault on a gay man? Is MeToo full of hypocritical operatives of the DNC?
— Gaius Marius #TheGrassCrown (@Margare95466289) October 21, 2018
@SenFeinstein as a gay man I cannot wait to see you investigate @CoryBooker for this. It’s not only women that are sexually abused. And your pet #Spartacus guy looks guilty to me. Isn’t that the game now. Guilty til proven innocent?????
— ❌Dallas (@gayconservativv) October 21, 2018
A number of people on the right are holding the same standard for Booker as they did for Kavanaugh. Innocent until proven guilty, but do investigate.
I am no fan of Sen Booker, but like Assoc Just Kavanaugh, Sen Booker should be presumed innocent til proven guilty; that doesn't mean the gentlemen's accusations shouldn't be investigated. https://t.co/l8cJUQtOsS
— Bradley Ingram (@BradleyIngram24) October 21, 2018
While Booker deserves the presumption of innocence, he has admitted to committing sexual assault in the past. There are rumors surrounding his sexuality. He has also abused power as a Senator in the past. While I’m holding out for more evidence, the accuser’s claim is plausible.
— Richard Armande Mills (RAM) (@RAMRANTS) October 21, 2018
Democrats, however, are now backed into a corner. If they don’t treat Booker the same way they treated Kavanaugh, their hypocrisy will be on full display, and right before the midterm elections.
Because they changed the rules, Booker included. And now it is coming back to bite them. Booker included.
So, if we are using the standard set by Democrats, we should see a mob of angry gay men shrieking outside the office of Cory Booker demanding he resign, pending an FBI investigation.
Or, do we only believe all survivors when they accuse Republicans?https://t.co/3voSUkEX9q
— Adrian Norman (@madriannorman) October 21, 2018
If evidence is no longer relevant and an accusation is all that is required to end a man’s career, Booker should be removing himself from office, right?
If that is the new normal, then Democrats should be demanding he do so, immediately.