Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand dreams of bringing #MeToo to the American military

The New York Post reports that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) isn't aiming to be Joe Biden's running mate.  Instead, she wants to become the secretary of defense.  Her goal: Pushing a #MeToo agenda on the military.  It seems that Gillibrand's prior commitment to #BelieveAllWomen stops at Biden's doorstep.

For those who haven't been paying close attention to Gillibrand's career, the Post says she's long had her eye on reforming the military:

Gillibrand, who has spent years focusing on military issues as a senior member of the Armed Services committee, is looking to become a #MeToo reformer in the Department of Defense.

"She wants to completely restructure the DoD, the military org chart, and overhaul the way complaints against those in power are handled, particularly as it relates to sexual assaults," a Capitol Hill insider with knowledge of Gillibrand's thinking told The Post.

Gillibrand has hinted at that goal repeatedly in the Senate. Last June she introduced the Comprehensive Resource Center for the Military Justice Improvement Act to address sexual assault in the armed forces, but so far the bill has gone nowhere. In 2016 she blasted the military's "troubling command culture," saying "the military justice system is still dysfunctional ... sexual assault is still pervasive and survivors still don't believe they will get justice."

Up until last week, it was possible to believe that Gillibrand genuinely supports a workplace in which women know that if a superior sexually harasses or assaults them, they can be heard and believed.  After all, when Christine Blasey Ford showed up, Gillibrand was all over it.  None of the holes in Ford's story, the obvious lies she told, or her blatant partisanship mattered:

Gillibrand even threw in a tweet comparing Ford to Anita Hill.  As some may remember, then-senator Biden earned feminist ire for the way he handled questioning Hill.

Gillibrand, however, has again shown that she has only two fixed principles, neither of which is feminism.  Instead, her principles are (a) implementing leftist policies and (b) advancing her career.  These principles rose to the fore when Tara Reade said Joe Biden had sexually assaulted her in 1993.  Even the normally Democrat-friendly MSN noticed how Gillibrand had shifted from feminist firebrand to Biden groupie:

"So when we say believe women, it's for this explicit intention of making sure there's space for all women to come forward to speak their truth, to be heard. And in this allegation, that is what Tara Reade has done," Gillibrand said.

"She has come forward, she has spoken, and they have done an investigation in several outlets. Those investigations, Vice President Biden has called for himself. Vice President Biden has vehemently denied these allegations and I support Vice President Biden."


Asked by reporters Tuesday, Gillibrand said she doesn't see a contradiction between how Democratic lawmakers are handling Reade's allegations and how they handled allegations levied against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh by Christine Blasey Ford in 2018, which Kavanaugh denied during congressional testimony.

"No, and I stand by Vice President Biden. He has devoted his life to supporting women and he has vehemently denied this allegation," the New York Democrat said.


Gillibrand was the first in the Senate to call for former Sen. Al Franken's resignation after allegations of unwanted touching and kissing were made against the Minnesota Democrat in late 2017, writing that it would be "better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in our society isn't acceptable by stepping aside to let someone else serve."

Sadly, Gillibrand isn't unique.  Most Democrats have jettisoned "believe all women."  Some are open about it.  For example, Martin Tolchin says Reade is irrelevant because the only thing that matters is victory.  Linda Hirshman went for the "split the baby" approach: "I Believe Tara Reade. I'm Voting for Joe Biden Anyway."

As with Gillibrand, scratch a feminist, and you'll always find a hardcore leftist.

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