Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson blasted GOP candidate Roy Moore and the political polarization that is keeping him in contention in the Alabama Senate Race.
During an appearance on the digital news network BoldTV Friday, Carlson said she was stunned that there would be so many voters willing to vote for someone facing those kinds of allegations.
“We have reached rock bottom in our political divide,” said Carlson. “It’s very disheartening to me that people on either side would say that even if the allegations are all proven to 150 percent, that they’d still vote for a child predator. That’s sad. That it’s more important that the other person doesn’t get into office so we’re going to not recognize that somebody may have been a child molester. That’s crazy in 2017 that we’re in that kind of an abyss of political divide.”
Carlson, who became an early icon of the movement against sexual harassment with her own lawsuit against Fox News over allegations of sexual misconduct by then CEO Roger Ailes, appeared on the program to promote her new book, “Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back.”
Indeed, while the issue of sexual harassment is certainly bipartisan, President Trump has taken to Twitter to mock Democratic Senator Al Franken for his own transgressions, while remaining silent on Roy Moore — and of course his own allegations.
Carlson wasted no time pointing out the hypocrisy on Twitter at the time.
Carlson also swatted back a question by BoldTV co-host Carrie Sheffield about what — if any — redemption could be offered to men who have offended but repented. Carlson said that was not a conversation she was interested in having.
“I don’t think we should have so much discussion about how we rehabilitate the potential predators,” she said. “Why aren’t we discussing about all the thousands and thousands of women who’ve lost their jobs.”
Still, as the list of accusers grows longer seemingly by the day, the question of what to do with all these men will loom large. On Friday’s episode of “Morning Joe,” Mika Brzezinski raised the issue after a guest promised a “generation of fear” for all men.
“What’s the goal? We have a friend of the show who is no longer on his show because of his behavior, which he admits and he apologizes for. Al Franken apologizes,” said Brzezinski. “I’m not being ideological. I’m not siding with anybody. I believe the women, but what are we doing with these apologies?”
“Who’s the judge the jury and the cops in all these cases? Because right now, if the story is big enough and flies enough, the career is over,” she added.