A majority of Americans believe Congress should look into giving the alleged victims of Donald Trump the justice they deserve.
Throughout the 2016 election, multiple women came forward with claims of sexual misconduct against candidate Donald Trump. Concerned about Trump potentially gaining yet another power dynamic, at least 16 women spoke out.
One accuser, Karena Virginia, recalled of her incident with Trump in which he groped her, saying, “I was in shock. I flinched. He said, ‘Don’t you know who I am?’ I felt intimidated and powerless. I said ‘yes.’”
Another woman, Jessica Leeds accused Trump of grabbing her breasts on a plane to New York, then trying to put his hands up her skirt. “He was like an octopus,” Leeds said. “His hands were everywhere. It was an assault.”
Jill Harth alleged attempted rape in a sexual harassment suit against the now-President of the United States which was later withdrawn as a condition for settling a contract dispute.
Even after the lawsuit was withdrawn, Harth gave interviews making these charges. “His hands all over me,” Harth told the New York Times. “He was trying to kiss me. I was freaking out.”
Many more allegations were made, involving Trump groping women without consent, forcibly kissing them, or inappropriately talking to them – none of which have been looked into or addressed.
What’s Happening Now:
A majority of respondents in a new poll believe Congress should investigate the allegations of sexual harassment made against President Trump.
Quinnipiac University released a poll on Wednesday that shows 70 percent of respondents think Congress should investigate the allegations, while only 25 percent think they shouldn’t.
The results were split along party lines, a slim 39 percent of Republicans responded saying they think Congress should look into the accusations against Trump compared to 86 percent of Democrats with the same opinion. 67 percent of registered independents polled agree that Congress should investigate the allegations.
Trump, of course, has religiously denied all allegations against him, with the White House backing him completely.
The Quinnipiac University poll found that 73 percent of respondents believe it is hypocritical of Trump to criticize other men who have been accused of sexual assault when he has similar allegations against himself.
A slim 16 percent find it okay for Trump to criticize others.
The majority of respondents, 66 percent, believe an elected official should resign if they have been accused of sexual harassment or assault by multiple people.
According to the poll, 47 percent of women nationwide say they have been sexually assaulted compared to 17 percent of men who also say they have been the victim of sexual assault.
The poll was conducted over the course of a few days, November 29 to December 4, among 1,747 adults. The margin of error is 2.8 percentage points.
The poll has been released at an incredibly relevant time as a watershed of women have come forward in recent weeks to accuse public officials of sexual misconduct.
Lawmakers such as Minnesota Senator Al Franken and Michigan Representative John Conyers are facing numerous allegations of sexual misconduct, Conyers “retiring” from Congress on Tuesday. Franken is facing ongoing calls by his own party for his resignation.