I agree Clinton should be held accountable for past actions, but the problem is everyone has a different idea of what his punishment should be. Some say impeachment and the public shame were enough. Others want political and social banishment or even prison time.
The MeToo movement has done much to not just raise awareness about sexual harassment, but actually hold some high-profile people accountable. Most targets — from celebrity broadcaster Matt Lauer to Senate candidate Roy Moore — have deserved their fates. But it’s hard to say that each of the accused deserve to lose their jobs, careers and reputations based on accusations on mostly social media and other media sources. Their lives cover a long, complex body of work.
For example, former U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s charges mostly seemed to come out of a Roger Stone-Steve Bannon smear campaign in which they got Democrats, the media and others to do much of their heavy lifting. All the while, Stone and Bannon have engaged in actions worse than Franken, including actual physical assault and publicly calling for the death of Hillary Clinton. Stone and Bannon have never been held accountable to the extent Franken was for what amounted to the latter’s boorish behavior.
On the other side of the aisle, U.S. Rep. Joe Barton’s charges were related more to consensual extramarital sex. Yes, he was supposedly sexting women at work and might have threatened one with arrest if she spilled the beans. I’d prefer to leave the question of what to do with pols who commit such acts up to voters, unless they are actually charged with crimes.
Then you look at all the accusations against Trump and some of his supporters, such as Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker who allegedly has had many interns “service” him. They are not being held accountable.
So it’s obviously not just Clinton who hasn’t really been held accountable.
The movement also focuses too much on well-known people. A report by the Center for American Progress showed that more sexual harassment complaints were filed with the federal EEOC between fiscal 2005 and 2015 in the food service and hotel sector than any other industry, including public administration, media and entertainment.