“Tolerance of sexual misconduct by powerful men in America has shifted with stunning swiftness, a change as healthy as it is long past due,” the editorial board of USA Today writes in an opinion piece published Wednesday night. “The dizzying reversal leaves Americans wondering who might be next to fall — and why this is happening now.
“After all, Donald Trump was elected president a little over a year ago despite being caught on tape boasting about groping women and being accused by 13 women of inappropriate touching.
“And former president Bill Clinton became an elder statesman of the Democratic Party despite multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, including Juanita Broaddrick’s charge that he raped her in 1978.
“A national reckoning on sexual harassment seemed a long way off.”
The piece notes that the terrain has shifted dramatically since allegations surfaced against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.
“Even so, human interactions can be messy and complicated, and a national reckoning mustn’t devolve into sexual McCarthyism,” the piece declares, providing a series of guideposts going forward — “The punishment must fit the crime,” “Allegations should be able to withstand thorough examination,” etc.
We encourage readers to click on the link above to USA Today to read the piece in its entirety.