When the #MeToo movement first emerged last year because of since-exposed Hollywood pervert Harvey Weinstein, it initially centered around women rightly exposing the slimy men who had sexually harassed and/or abused them.
As time progressed, however, the movement devolved into a veritable witch-hunt, and now, months later, it seems like the #MeToo craze has experienced a stunning reversal, with the same women who originally championed it now themselves being called out for inappropriate behavior.
Case in point: Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, a California legislator who served as one of the “leading voices” of the #MeToo movement, has herself been accused of sexually harassing and groping two men, according to a shocking report published this week by Politico.
One of the accusers, Daniel Fierro of Cerritos, revealed that during his tenure as a staffer to Assemblyman Ian Calderson, a reportedly drunk Garcia “cornered him alone” after an annual Assembly softball game and “squeezed his buttocks and attempted to touch his crotch.”
The second accuser, whom Politico described as a “prominent Sacramento lobbyist,” experienced something similar when Garcia drunkenly propositioned him during a fundraiser at a bar in Sacramento.
Garcia “was whispering real close and I could smell the booze and see she was pretty far gone,” the lobbyist said. “She looked at me for a second and said, ‘I’ve set a goal for myself to f*** you.’”
The #MeToo Assemblywoman then reached for and grabbed his crotch, spurring him into blurting out, “That ain’t gonna happen.”
Apparently, when Garcia championed the phrase #MeToo, what she actually meant was that she too is a pervert.
The irony is rich, especially given how vocal this woman has been on social media and elsewhere about her #MeToo activism.
“How many victims must come fwd before there are real consequences for predators w/in our legislature?” she wrote in one tweet last November.
“How often are we manipulated into prioritizing the abuser over the abused? How often are we being suckered into a side of a debate that we shouldn’t even be having? – how about due process for the victims?” she tweeted two months ago.
She obviously wasn’t a fan of due process. Below are more tweets:
No one should have to wait for an investigative article to know the truth about the kind of environment they work in. I'm working with @SEIU1000 on a bill to create a centralized mechanism to track sexual harassment complaints in state government. https://t.co/6Ltyt8NcQP
— Cristina Garcia (@AsmGarcia) January 26, 2018
I didn’t know I was part of the story. That I was pictured and added to a timeline of this reckoning. It’s an awkwardly humbling experience, but I am proud of this work and the company I am in. I hope you’ll pick up a copy of @TIME &read about the bravery.#MeToo #WeSaidEnough pic.twitter.com/P1bfCDPKCf
— Cristina Garcia (@AsmGarcia) December 15, 2017
The latter tweet referenced a photo of Garcia included in Time magazine’s “Persons of the Year 2017” issue, which had been dedicated to women affiliated with the #MeToo movement.
Following the publication of Politico’s report, Garcia “announced she was taking immediate unpaid leave from her position in a statement Friday,” according to Time magazine (ironically enough).
Interestingly, her statement sounded awfully similar to the one issued by Weinstein after allegations against him first surfaced last year.
“Upon reflection of the details alleged, I am certain I did not engage in the behavior I am accused of,” Garcia said.
Uh huh …
“However, as I’ve said before, any claims about sexual harassment must be taken seriously, and I believe elected officials should be held to a higher standard of accountability,” she continued. “Therefore, I am voluntarily taking an immediate unpaid leave from my position in the State Assembly, including any accompanying committee assignments, so as not to serve as a distraction or in any way influence the process of this investigation.”
It sounds like she suddenly believes in due process for the accused. How very convenient and immensely hypocritical. In other words, how unsurprisingly liberal of her.