During an interview on Fox News Sunday, former 2016 Republican presidential candidate and Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina called out by name some of the men whose sexual misconduct is now being exposed, from Harvey Weinstein to Rep. John Conyers (D-MI). And without flinching, she named one other accused sexual predator: Fox News’ own former chairman Roger Ailes.
“When are we going to stop tolerating this behavior and respecting the men that do it,” Fiorina said to Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace.
Sexual harassment is often predicated on the imbalance of power between men and women, and it’s an imbalance that permeates every industry or political party, a point Fiorina stressed in her Sunday interview.
“All women are not victims,” Fiorina said. “But the power of men over women has been with us for a long time and we all know it.”
Moving forward, the onus is on men to recognize and correct the imbalance, argued Fiorina. “The problem is that men still can respect men despite this behavior,” she said.
Ailes resigned from Fox News in July 2016 after a 20-year run. But his resignation came only after months of cascading sexual harassment allegations against him and other key figures at the network.
Since then, sexual harassment allegations have continued to dominate the national conversation. But the consequences to these allegations varies by industry.
With few exceptions, members of the media and Hollywood have largely been pushed out and ostracized. The day after the New York Times reported on Louis CK’s sexual misconduct, HBO wiped his material from their catalogue and his movie premiere was abruptly canceled. FX Networks and FX Productions, that broadcasted the comedian’s show, cut ties soon thereafter. Weinstein, who was accused of assaulting nearly 60 women, is under criminal investigation, and was pushed out of his own studio.
Washington D.C., riddled with its own cast of sexual harassers, has not responded in similar fashion. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) and Rep. Conyers are still largely supported by their colleagues. Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) stood by Conyers during her interview with Meet the Press, saying she does not know who the accusers are. She added Conyers deserves due process and punted a review of the allegations to the deeply flawed House Committee on Ethics.
And Alabama Senate Republican nominee Roy Moore, who’s been accused of sexual misconduct with teenage girls, appears to still have the support of President Donald Trump. For Fiorina, this all boils down to politics.
“The problem with politics and political parties is that they’ll care about winning above all else,” Fiorina said. “Donald Trump cares about a vote in the Senate — no more no less.”
When video featuring Trump boasting about sexual assault surfaced during the election, Fiorina demanded Trump step aside. “Donald Trump does not represent me or my party,” she said in a statement.
Fiorina first disclosed her frustrations last Sunday in a Medium post titled “It’s Time to Man Up,” where she details her own experience with gender bias and sexual harassment.