House Freedom Caucus co-founder Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, has had a busy 24 hours. Not only did he join other House conservatives in filing articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, he announced his bid for speaker of the House.
But in the whirlwind that has some deep-state apologists triggered and conservatives on the edges of their seats, we’re naturally seeing a fair amount of lying attacks from the loyal #resistance blue-check brigade.
The lie in this case is about the allegations that Jordan turned a blind eye to sexual abuse while an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State almost 30 years ago. Those on the targeting task force include left-leaning writers, Hollywood types, Hillary Clinton alums, and even one Democratic candidate for Congress.
Jim Jordan turned a blind eye to years of sexual abuse of minors – running for Speaker of the House, 3rd in line to the Presidency. GOP silence.
Al Franken made a tacky boob grab in a photo & an invited kiss in a comedy sketch – forced out of his Senate seat by his own party.
— Randi Mayem Singer (@rmayemsinger) July 26, 2018
Considering Jim Jordan's clearly more the silent type, I have no idea why'd he'd want this job. ? #SeeWhatIDidThere
— Adrienne Lawrence (@AdrienneLaw) July 26, 2018
Jim Jordan wants to be speaker of the house but couldn’t speak up when wrestlers informed him Dr. Richard Strauss, the former Ohio State University medical doctor who treated athletes, abused students under his watch.
He should be pinned and put out for the count of his office.
— Exavier Pope (@exavierpope) July 26, 2018
Seems like we need to organize a band of college athletes to bird-dog @jim_jordan until he apologizes for allowing the continued sexual abuse of young people he could have protected.
— Ringuette (@Ringuette) July 26, 2018
Gym Jordan is delusional. And has no problem seeing children abused and worse.
— Jïmm¥†ð†hêð (@JimmytotheO) July 26, 2018
Introducing Jim Jordan, aspiring Speaker of the House, known non-speaker for molested or sexually abused young men…
— Jeffrey Lieber (@JeffLieber) July 26, 2018
@Jim_Jordan is the Joe Paterno of Dennis Hasterts
— Christopher O'Riley (@cjoriley) July 26, 2018
— Tara Dublin Hates Traitors ? (@taradublinrocks) July 26, 2018
2018 Campaign Facts:
– GOP Congressman Jim Jordan wants to impeach investigators into Trump and covered up molestation of kids at Ohio State.
– GOP Congressman Jim Jordan wants to be the next GOP Speaker.
Vote. Vote. Vote.
— Jesse Ferguson (@JesseFFerguson) July 26, 2018
Gym Jordan wants to throw his thong in the ring for Speaker… BREAKING NEWS https://t.co/g2orQLd0n7 will fly anti Jordan banner during his race. This time we won’t be subtle… because @jim_jordan is a rape watching piece of GOP. https://t.co/655MlO9zrq
— Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) July 26, 2018
Dear @Jim_Jordan,in between trying to impeach a man who is following the rule of law, this is just out condemning you for breaking the law and allowing hundreds of athletes to be sexually abused on your watch. Take that on your campaign for Speaker of the House. #JimJordanResign https://t.co/9iIa7NxlVc
— Lesley Abravanel (@lesleyabravanel) July 26, 2018
Jim Jordan, who looked the other way while a doctor molested over 100 wrestlers at Ohio State, has moved to impeach Rod Rosentstein. https://t.co/GA40tIM7p0
— Josh McCall #keepfamiliestogether (@Mccallforall) July 26, 2018
In a previous job, Jim Jordan actively ignored numerous allegations of sexual abuse against a colleague.
Given GOP lawmakers' proclivity for ignoring allegations of sexual misconduct among their own, he's a shoo-in for this gig. https://t.co/DezVBRj5KL
— Fiddler (@cFidd) July 26, 2018
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) July 26, 2018
See what the problem is here? They take the accusations as fact without really delving into the details of the situation. Never mind that the credibility of Jordan’s initial accusers was dubious at best, given the fact that one went to jail for lying to people before and another has a long, twisted history of confrontations with the Jordan family. Never mind that the law firm behind the “independent” investigation is the same one that paid for the infamous Steele dossier.
Never mind that those accusing Jordan have nothing to lose and everything to gain by doing so, especially given Michigan State’s $500 million payout to victims of Larry Nassar. Oh, and never mind that the Republican leaders who would arguably have the most to gain from assassinating Jordan’s political career have evaluated the facts and chosen to stand by him.
See, in my line of work, if you knowingly write something unproven about someone — even a politician you don’t like — with disregard for the truth, you kill your own credibility and might end up staring down the business end of a termination notice at work.
… or at least how that’s supposed to be.
Now, if you can look at all of these details surrounding the issue and still believe the allegations should disqualify Jordan from being speaker, there’s a way to say that without disregarding the facts. Here’s an example.
But hey, since when does anyone need proof to get away with smearing a conservative these days?