Wasserman Schultz: Republicans Must “Own” Roy Moore

Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz speaks about the state of Congress after several sexual assault allegations, and condemns Alabama's Roy Moore.

Former Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee and current Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz recently spoke about the climate of sexual assault in Washington D.C. She both spoke about the perception that the party pressure to oust accused Senator Al Franken is a political gamble, and about the man who that alleged gamble would affect – Alabama Senatorial candidate Roy Moore.

“Partisanship has nothing to do with this,” Wasserman Schultz said about Franken stepping down on Thursday morning. “Our party believes women… should be treated equitably, fairly, and justly.”

When asked about Trump’s remark that he prefers Moore to a “Liberal Democrat” in Doug Jones, Wasserman Schultz continued, “Is that brand, the ‘Liberal Democrats,’ that the president campaigned against Hillary Clinton on successfully, is that a brand that is worse than having an accused sexual molester elected to the Senate, Roy Moore?”

“I think the president’s position is revolting,” she continued. “It is revolting that he is supporting a child molester for the United States Senate, and that the Republican National Committee has followed suit, and enthusiastically reembraced Roy Moore.”

“If Roy Moore comes to the U.S. Senate… I would expect that he would swiftly be put through an Ethics Committee process and that the U.S. Senate would vote to expel him,” she continued, echoing a point that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell initially made, before backing off that stance and joining President Donald Trump in supporting Moore.

“The Republican Party, and every candidate running in the United States will have to own that,” Wasserman Schultz noted. “And we will make sure that they do.”

“And the women of America will judge those candidates based on how they believe it is appropriate to treat women, and whether the Republican Party should believe there are consequences when Republicans abuse their power,” she concluded.