Deseret News
Letter to the Editor

New allegations surface almost every hour concerning politicians, celebrities, business leaders and journalists who have engaged in terrible misconduct. To dismiss the women who are making these allegations is not an indictment of the women; it is an embarrassing indictment of our own lack of moral character. Mr. Trump should never have been elected. The fact that millions of people could overlook or see past his abominable behavior toward women is reflective of the sad time we live in. If you think Al Franken should leave the Senate but Mr. Trump should stay in office, you’re part of the problem. If you discredit Bill Clinton's accusers but believe Donald Trump’s, you're part of the problem. Mourning the loss of Charlie Rose and celebrating the firing of Bill O’Reilly is more than just hypocritical; it’s dangerous. If we digress to the point where we view your guy as a sexual predator and my guy as a victim, we have lost our collective soul. There have always been and always will be those who use someone’s fall from grace to their own political advantage — their opportunism should never justify our hypocrisy; such behavior is wrong. We all need to find the moral courage to fight against it.

This can be a bipartisan moment, a chance for serious reflection, a chance for moral character to be of more value than political expediency. We owe it not only to the women who have and will come forward in these high-profile examples. We owe it to women everywhere, especially those who will not get the sympathetic ear of the media. Our united effort, women, men, employers, employees, liberals, conservatives, should be to provide greater security for victims, greater accountability for abusers and a more moral environment for all of us.

Darrin Simpson

Cambridge, Massachusetts