This afternoon not only did a fourth woman come forward to accuse Herman Cain of sexual harassment, not only did she hold a public press conference with her lawyer Gloria Allred, but the accusations themselves really were nothing short of sexual assault.
Sharon Bialek alleged at a news conference today that Herman Cain reached under her skirt in 1997 as she sought help in finding a job.
The Chicago-area mother, who is described as a Republican, urged the GOP presidential candidate to “come clean” and admit how he was “inappropriate” with her and other women.
Bialek’s story was immediately denied by the Cain campaign, which sent out a news release as the woman spoke publicly at a New York City news conference with her lawyer, noted defense attorney Gloria Allred, by her side. The stories of three other women have been reported by Politico and the Associated Press.
Oh, it gets worse.
Bialek described an incident in July 1997 where she and Cain were in a car and her offered to show her the trade group’s headquarters.
“Instead of going into the offices, he suddenly reached over and … put his hand on my leg, under my skirt toward my genitals,” Bialek said.
“He also pushed my head toward his crotch,” she said.
Bialek replied that she
was married had a boyfriend when Cain allegedly did this, his response was “You want a job, right?”
And if the unremittingly awful context of “You want a job, right?” doesn’t sum up the entire Republican Party over the last several years, then I don’t know what else could. Cain’s stated policies are disgusting as it is, but this pretty much seals the deal. Big gorram line between sexual harassment (which is never okay) and sexual assault, and Herman Cain just sailed over it.
Oh, and if that’s not enough to make you try to dent your monitor in with your fist, El Rushbo’s response to the presser will do it.