November 10, 2017

This week on To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, our panelists discuss changing the way sexual assault is addressed and the role of women in the 2017 election.

On the panel this week joining host Bonnie Erbe is: Hilary Rosen, Democratic Strategist; Carrie Lukas, President Independent Women’s Forum; Jennifer Higgins, GOP Political Strategist; and Fmr. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD)

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Changing the Culture

Are we moving towards a society that believes accusers?

  • Hilary Rosen: ‘How do we take this media moment and really turn it into some national cultural shift?”

  • Carrie Lukas: “Certainly there has been a change since the days of Juanita Broaddrick... but I still think there’s an awful lot of politics about who gets believed.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “We’re starting to give a whole lot more credibility to accusers.”  

  • Jennifer Higgins: “Whether it’s one accusation or twenty accusations, how much more information do you need to know that this person isn’t somebody who should serve [as a] Republican senator or any senator, for that matter, in the U.S. Senate?”

  • Donna Edwards: “I do know that there are women in every single industry who experience this kind of violence and assault, and they don’t report because they still are afraid of what will happen to them.”


Election 2017

Women and minorities were the reason behind the Democrats’ success.

  • Hilary Rosen: “Healthcare was actually the number one issue that drove voters to the Democrats.”

  • Carrie Lukas: “Republicans need to have a reason to go to the polls next year. They need to show that they can actually govern and are passing things, such as healthcare reform, tax reform, and making good on some of these promises.”

  • Jennifer Higgins: “I won’t concede the November election just yet, meaning I won’t concede that Republicans are going to lose in November or lose the House or the Senate.”

  • Donna Edwards: “I want to give a shout out to black women because we proved, once again, that we are the base of the Democratic party.”

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