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Even half of Republicans think sexual predator Trump should resign

In a stunning rebuke of Donald Trump and his well-documented history of being a sexual predator, an overwhelming majority of Americans, including a slim majority of Republicans, think public officials accused of sexual harassment and assault should resign from office. Just as stunning: A staggering 70 percent of Americans think Congress should investigate the mountain […]

By Eric Boehlert - December 07, 2017
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Just as stunning: A staggering 70 percent of Americans think Congress should investigate the mountain of sexual assault claims lodged against Trump.

Those are the finding of a new Quinnipiac poll that surveyed 1,700 American about the issue of sexual harassment and assault. The findings suggest there’s very little tolerance for politicians who are confronted by multiple accusers.

Separately, Americans disapprove 63-22 percent of the way Trump is handling sexual harassment and sexual assault.

They also think he’s a raging hypocrite on the topic: 73 percent say Trump is being hypocritical when he criticizes other men who have been accused of harassment, such as Sen. Al Franken (D-MN). Just 16 percent think Trump has a right to criticize these men.

Elsewhere, the poll found that 52 percent of Americans think people coming forward with stories of sexual harassment and sexual assault will change the nation for the better, while just 9 percent say it will make things worse.

While Republican voters tells Quinnipiac they think accused officials should resign if they face multiple harassment and assault allegations, it’s true that there’s no movement within the GOP to even acknowledge the Trump allegations, let alone do anything about them.

And that’s were the huge disconnect comes in. Because when Republicans are asked specifically about allegations against Republican public officials they often say they don’t believe the charges. But when asked more open-ended questions about public officials needing to step down from office if they’re credibly accused, a majority of Republicans agree.

Specifically in Alabama, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate Roy Moore has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault when Moore was in his 30s and the women were in their teens, and one as young as 14. Yet a recent poll showed that more than 70 percent of Alabama Republicans did not believe the allegations made by women who mostly voted for Trump last year.

Republican leadership in Washington, D.C., has also advertised the party’s rampant hypocrisy. For them, Trump’s well-documented history as a serial sexual predator simply does not exist, which is the only way they can then pretend to care about the serious problem sexual harassment and assault in America today.


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