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Almost exactly a year ago, Conway participated in a "Women Rule Summit," where she preached about the importance of sisterly solidarity. "It's great to ask how we're making opportunities for women, but do we even have each other's support, frankly, on our way there?" she asked.

This Last week Conway answered that question. In an apparent violation of the Hatch Act -- which restricts government officials from using their offices for political gain -- she went on Fox News and strongly suggested viewers support Roy Moore over Democrat Doug Jones in the Alabama Senate election because "we want the votes in the Senate."

Think about that: One of the most senior women in the White House telling people to support a man accused by seven women of making sexual advances on them when they were teenage girls and he was in his 30s. So much for women having "each other's support."

Moore isn't guilty (or even charged) in a court of law; very few of the prominent men accused since the Weinstein scandal broke are in legal jeopardy. President Trump excuses his support for the accused child molester by saying Moore "totally denies it," a standard under which the late Charles Manson was also innocent. This is not a he-said/she-said case. It's a he-said/she-said-she-said-she-said-she-said-she-said-she-said-she-said-and-others-corroborate case. As a practical matter, there's little doubt Moore sexually exploited girls, yet the message from the White House is that such a man belongs in high office.

That's a green light to millions of men who harass and abuse women -- and a caution to millions of women that they shouldn't complain about it.

 

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