Missouri politicians found the allegations against Greitens ‘credible’ [Jeff Roberson/AP Photo]
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens is facing calls to resign from both Republicans and Democrats following a legislative report alleging “shocking” and “substantial” misconduct in an extramarital affair.
Greitens’ alleged conduct was detailed in a legislative report prepared by the Missouri House of Representatives released on Wednesday.
The victim claimed she felt she had “no choice” in engaging in sexual acts with the governor, who one “slapped” her in the face, according to the report. The committee that prepared the report found the claims “credible”.
“The conduct the Report details is certainly impeachable, in my judgment, and the House is well within its rights to proceed on that front … Governor Greitens should resign immediately,” Josh Hawley, Missouri’s attorney general who is running for US Senate as a Republican, said in a statement.
Greitens, a Republican and former Navy SEAL, has said he won’t step down and called the report a “political witch hunt”.
The committee that investigated the allegations was comprised of five Republicans and two Democrats.
Revelations about Greitens’ alleged conducted came in the midst of the worldwide #MeToo movement, which aims to expose sexual harassment and violence many endure.
Some thought the use of the term “forced sex” to describe Greitens’ alleged conduct softened what they viewed as “rape”.
Bad behavior is bad behavior. Your Tweet only confirms your belief that Greitens is in the same category as other bad boys, and you think that rape, sexual assault, and harrassment are somehow a party issue. Support the victim. #metoo #timesup not political but behavorial reform
— Linda Kapfer (@lkbk73) April 11, 2018
The movement has been costly for the careers of many in the news and entertainment industries.
However, many politicians have remained unscathed. US President Donald Trump was elected after a recording of him making explicit comments about making sexual advances on women, claiming he doesn’t “even wait”.
But people took to social media to say the #MeToo movement applies to Republicans.
— jrt1971 (@luvman33wife) April 12, 2018
A series of Democratic victories over Republicans in special elections held in typically Republican areas has caused many to predict a “Blue wave,” or Democratic sweep of elections in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections for the US Congress.
Democrats across the US are linking state Republicans to Trump’s policies.
Trump has maintained historically low approval ratings throughout his presidency. According to Gallup, a US polling company, roughly 40 percent of the US approves of Trump’s job as president.
Still, Democratic inaction on issues such as the protection of undocumented immigrants has caused some to question whether a Democrtatic sweep is coming.
Samuel Ronan, a progressive Democratic candidate for Congress from Ohio, previously told Al Jazeera that the blue wave will “crash against a red wall” during midterms because people will be disappointed “with the … ineptitude of the failed Democratic party”.