MSNBC Asks Democrat Accused of Sexual Harassment for Advice to Help Gov Cuomo
Network turned to get advice from former Congresswoman Katie Hill
Left-wing cable "news" network turned to a Democrat accused of sexual harassment to analyze New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s sexual assault scandal and resignation.
The network turned to get advice from former Congresswoman Katie Hill during an episode of “All In with Chris Hayes" on Tuesday.
Guest host Mehdi Hasan claimed Cuomo’s decision to resign before state legislators initiated impeachment proceedings was a sign of Democrats' so-called higher standards.
“Today is a sad day for the Democratic Party,” said Hasan.
“But you could say it’s a sadder day for American democracy because it’s a reminder that there are only consequences, there is only accountability, for Democrats in our system, not for Republicans.”
He then looked to Hill, who stepped down during her first term in the House of Representatives after it was revealed she and her husband had a sex-and-drugs-fueled “throuple” with a female staffer who was only 22 years old.
The subordinate, Morgan Desjardin, texted Hill's husband at the time, Kenneth Heslep, expressing concern Hill “can ruin politics, take all my friends, and isolate me.”
She then said her relationship had become “toxic.”
Heslep then said he and Hill had treated her with “abusive” behavior.
Hasan quizzed Hill on how to advance best the cause of women getting fair treatment from their political bosses.
“Katie, you have a unique perspective on this, given the way you ended up resigning from Congress,” said Hasan.
“Where are we now in terms of the #MeToo Movement, in terms of standing up to sexual misconduct in public life? Did today move us forward?”
"It’s not enough” for Cuomo to leave office voluntarily.
“We have to recognize is that harassment of women is an extension of violence against women.
"And that`s a much more pervasive problem."
Lawmakers must “do something basic like passing the Violence Against Women Act,” she said.
Hasan asked what Hill thought of the alleged “Republican double standard when it comes to holding their bad actors accountable.”
Hill acknowledged that “there is absolutely no comparison” between the parties, emphasizing she quit Congress purely out of personal integrity.
"It was my own decision. It wasn’t people who were calling for it.”
But the reality was her challenger, along with constituents, had called on her to resign as a House Ethics Committee investigation loomed.
The news also broke that Hill gave Desjardins hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations as a consultant.
“I think that there’s an inherent tendency to protect people in power,” Hill told Hasan on Tuesday.
“We have to constantly be on the lookout [to ask], ‘Are we holding ourselves accountable?’”
Hill has continuously claimed her political career had been cut short by “biphobia,” "Republican operatives,” and “an abusive husband who seems determined to try to humiliate me.”
She filed a lawsuit against three conservative news outlets for publishing nude photographs which proved her affair with Desjardins.
But the Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Yolanda Orozco said the photographs were not “revenge porn," and Hill was ordered to pay the outlets $220,000.
But the Former employees of Hill also rejected her story.
“Former staff” apparently took over Hill’s official Twitter account and posted tweets casting Hill as an abuser.
“Katie Hill’s story — our story — is also one of workplace abuse and harassment,” they wrote.
“Katie took advantage of her subordinates. She caused immense harm to the people who worked for her, many of whom were young women just beginning their careers in politics.”
“In order to advance the #MeToo movement, we must be willing to acknowledge the problematic behaviors among those in our own communities. Only then will we see true progress,” they wrote.
Despite all of this, Hill has remained a darling of the leftist cable news networks, MSNBC and CNN, with guests often encouraging her to get back into politics.