Letters to the Editor

Sex assault: Presidents should be held to same standard

Re: “Fix culture that makes a Brock Turner possible,” (TNT, 6/12).

I applaud Leonard Pitts’ column condemning predatory men sexually assaulting women, specifically citing the case of Stanford student Brock Turner, who violated a 23-year-old woman behind a dumpster. Women should not have to tolerate such behavior, and harsh penalties should be imposed for such egregious actions.

I assume Pitts feels a similar sense of outrage toward the president who sexually assaulted Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey, Paula Jones, Gennifer Flowers, Monica Lewinsky and a score of others; space limits the sheer number that could be added. I also assume he feels a president’s wife who attempted to cover up such activity by aiding the perpetrator should be condemned also. In some cases, the wife tried to destroy the credibility and reputation of these women, which is pretty egregious in itself.

More likely, if asked if he denounces these people, Pitts would say, “It happened a long time ago, and at this point, what difference does it make?”