The Harvey Weinstein scandal has opened the floodgates in the entertainment and media industries. Since Weinstein’s fall from grace, a host of powerful figures in the film industry, television, and journalism have been outed by women who allege sexual assault and harassment.
It takes an astounding amount of courage for victims of sexual assault to come forward and face their attackers. But, there will always be some who hop on the bandwagon of a national conversation like the one we’re having now for their own advantage.
Is “Fauxcohontas” Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a victim of convenience? Warren recently shared what she claims is her personal story of sexual harassment on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
In a taped segment on Sunday, Warren claimed that her former friend and mentor at the University of Houston, professor Eugene Smith, made sexual advances on her in his office.
“I was a baby law professor and so excited to have my first real teaching job and there was a senior faculty member who would tell dirty jokes and make comments about my appearance,” she said.
“And one day he asked me if I would stop by his office, which I didn’t think much about, and I did, and he slammed the door and lunged for me. It was like a bad cartoon. He’s chasing me around the desk trying to get his hands on me and I kept saying ‘You don’t want to do this. You don’t want to do this. I have little children at home. Please don’t do this.’”
She added: “And trying to talk calmly, and at the same time what was flickering through my brain is, if he gets hold of me, I’m gonna punch him right in the face.”
It sounds like a traumatic experience. But that telling of events directly contradicts another account of the incident — from Warren’s own mouth 20 years earlier.
Smith died in 1997, and Warren both attended the memorial service of her alleged assailant, and “spoke fondly” of Smith’s antics in the office, “laughing” and treating the matter as a joke. A colleague’s memoir recounts how Warren “described Gene’s chasing her around the desk in uncontrolled lust while she laughed, equally uncontrolled, as she avoided his crab-like grasp.”
So, at the memorial service for this old friend, Warren says he was being funny. Twenty years later, when sexual trauma and survival is topic du jour, Warren says she felt threatened, told him to stop repeatedly, and wanted to punch her alleged attacker to defend herself.
And, at least by the telling of the “Meet the Press” interview and segment, the senator neglects to mention that Smith was handicapped from polio and could only “walk with difficulty.” She even made a joke out of his disability at that same memorial service in 1997.
Senator Warren, a serial liar and plagiarist, expects people to believe that someone people knew to be her friend — someone she once called a “cripple” — chased her around his office, threatening to sexually assault her?
Yes, that’s exactly what she expects people to believe, because she’s the kind of person who will sell out an old, dead friend for the ultimate trophy on the Left — attention and victim status.
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Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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