WATCH: Conservative Writer Calls Out Trump Hypocrisy Toward 'Sexual Harassers and Abusers of Women'
It’s hard to pick a single highlight/lowlight from CPAC, the annual gathering of conservative American patriots which this year featured an Anglo-Hungarian neo-Nazi, a British anti-Semite and a French Islamophobe. There was one organizer’s admission that black Republicans are mostly useful tokens, Ted Cruz’s self-owning declaration that the GOP is full of Homer Simpsons and a multimillionaire gun lobbyist’s complaints about “privileged...elites.” But maybe the most noteworthy moment was when speaker and National Review writer Mona Charen was led out by security for mentioning Donald Trump’s sexual harassment, pointing out GOP hypocrisy and criticizing the event itself.
“I’m actually going to twist this around a bit and say that I’m disappointed in people on our side for being hypocrites about sexual harassers and abusers of women in our party who are sitting in the White House, who brag about their extramarital affairs, who brag about mistreating women,” Charen said, during a panel discussion titled "#UsToo: Left Out by the Left."
"And because he happens to have an 'R' after his name, we look the other way. We don’t complain. The Republican Party endorsed Roy Moore for the Senate in the state of Alabama even though he was a credibly accused child molester. You cannot claim that you stand for women and put up with that,” she continued.
A smattering of applause followed Charen’s remarks, along with a significant number of boos. In a video of the panel, audience members can be heard yelling “Not true!” and “It was a witch hunt!”
Vox reports that later in the panel, Charen also criticized event organizers for including Marion MarÃ©chal-Le Pen on its list of speakers.
“I think the only reason she was here is because she’s named Le Pen,” Charen observed. “And the Le Pen name is a disgrace. Her grandfather is a racist and a Nazi. She claims that she stands for him. And the fact that CPAC invited her is a disgrace.”
Politico writer Tim Alberti later tweeted that Charen was “escorted outside by 3 security guards.” Apparently, the right is only in favor of free speech when it involves one of their guys peddling white nationalism on a college campus.
Charen was later unrepentant about her remarks. In a statement Sunday, she defended her decision to speak out on behalf of others who feel the same but have no platform.
“I’d been dreading it for days, but when it came, I almost welcomed it,” Charen stated. “There is nothing more freeing than telling the truth. And it must be done, again and again, by those of us who refuse to be absorbed into this brainless, sinister, clownish thing called Trumpism; by those of us who refuse to overlook the fools, frauds and fascists attempting to glide along in his slipstream into respectability.”
“I spoke to a hostile audience for the sake of every person who has watched this spectacle of mendacity in disbelief and misery for the past two years. Just hearing the words you know are true can serve as ballast, steadying your mind when so much seems unreal.”