You’ve no doubt heard that Republicans are supposedly engaged in some kind of “war on women” because they believe in the sanctity of life, aren’t interested in providing free birth control as an entitlement, or aren’t willing to see taxpayer dollars used to fund abortions. There actually does seem to be an effort to subjugate women going on, but it has nothing to do with Republicans. Just take a look at the story that exploded today about the son of Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), and particularly how the Congressman chose to react to it.
Moran’s son Patrick is a fool who got caught on videotape this election cycle conspiring to commit voter fraud and had to resign from his father’s campaign as a result. Earlier this month he was out partying in DC with his girlfriend, they got into an argument, and it got a bit ugly. Here’s how the Washington City Paper reported the altercation (emphasis added):
After the attack, police described Moran’s girlfriend as “bleeding heavily from her nose and also observed that her nose and right eye were extremely swollen.” One of the ambulance technicians who transported her to Howard University Hospital told police that Moran appeared to have broken her nose and given her a skull fracture under her right eye.
Moran was arrested for felony domestic violence assault, but pleaded the charge down to simple assault today. He was sentenced to probation.
In a statement to Washington City Paper, Rep. Moran described his son and his girlfriend as “good kids.”
Good kids??? Who beat women to the point of fracturing their skull? I’d think not. Later in the article Moran pleads “I hope their privacy will be respected,” and that “They look forward to putting this embarrassing situation behind them.” This isn’t embarrassing. This is domestic violence, and it’s pretty unacceptable by any standard, and Patrick’s “privacy” as a person arrested on suspicion of committing a felony is pretty irrelevant here, as his arrest and trial is a matter of public record.
Which could be rather interesting to dig into, as someone who injures someone to this degree in an assault wouldn’t normally find an opportunity to plead the charges down to ’simple assault.’ By definition, that would imply no violent physical contact or injury to the victim. What are the chances that you or I would have the chance to get one year’s probation for ’simple assault’ if we broke a woman’s nose in a public place? Probably not so much, I’d think.
So far, this is exceedingly bad behavior again on the part of Patrick, and a typical Jim Moran reaction from a political perspective, which wouldn’t merit much unusual attention since this kind of thing from him has become so commonplace. But it gets worse.
Jim Moran decided to release a statement from the victim. Why? Who knows. Apparently he was concerned about the fallout, although up to this point he was simply subject to criticism for having an idiot, abusive son and saying he was “a good kid,” and in this district the story would have blown over in a week or so and Moran wouldn’t be much the worse for wear. Now, Moran wants to interject directly into the issue of domestic violence, and here’s what he gets the victim to release, which Moran makes available as well:
This was an accident that has been blown out of proportion. The statements in the police report are inaccurate. Pat and I were arguing, one of my high heels gave out, and I fell into the side of a trashcan. On impact, I fractured my nose. False conclusions were made as a result. I hope our privacy will be respected.
Seems like I’ve heard this kind of excuse offered by the victims of domestic violence before when they’re trying to shield abusers from the consequences of their felonious behavior. Jim Moran wants to own this because it might somehow shield his son? Arlington Now strongly rebuts this fanciful version of events, noting that “a Metropolitan Police officer and a D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration agent observed Moran “grab [Hofmann] by the back of her head with his hand and slam her head into the metal trash can cage in front of the nightclub.” But Moran wants to peddle a ridiculous (and quite sad and disturbing, I might add) story about how the victim supposedly “fell” and broke her own nose here?
Who’s actually waging a war on women, I have to ask?
UPDATE: XOJane has a great take on all this:
This plea deal and subsequent slap on the wrist (more like a gentle brushing of the wrist with a delicate swan feather) sent a clear message to victims of domestic violence: this is how much society cares about you. Rep. Moran’s statement was also crystal clear: domestic violence is something “embarrassing,” rather than a real, serious issue. His statement was also a reminder of the fact that domestic violence is often hidden out of shame; women cover it upand conceal it in an effort to pass, because they know that most people find thinking about the subject, well, embarrassing.
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