Speaker Ryan On Sexual Harassment: ‘We Are Having A Watershed Moment In This Country’

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., says a unreasonable of passionate nuisance and passionate attack allegations entrance to light could finish adult being a “watershed moment” in changing a enlightenment — including on Capitol Hill — that has lonesome them adult distant too long.

“We are carrying a watershed impulse in this country. we consider this is a defining impulse in this country. And we consider it needs to be a defining impulse in this country,” Ryan told Morning Edition‘s Steve Inskeep in an talk on Capitol Hill on Thursday.

“I consider we’re all frightened during these stories we’ve been saying reveal in a final few weeks. we consider we’re all realizing that passionate nuisance in America is positively pervasive and it’s got to go and we need to finish it,” Ryan continued. “And nowhere some-more is this critical to set a customary and an instance than inaugurated officials. We should be hold to a high standard.”

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Politicians in both parties have been indicted of passionate bungle in new weeks. On Thursday, Ryan called for Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., to renounce after a former help done open her allegations of passionate nuisance opposite a maestro lawmaker. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., also called on Conyers to step down. The Michigan Democrat has been hospitalized for stress.

Another prosecution also came brazen on Thursday opposite Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., alleging that he groped her during a 2003 print opportunity, bringing his sum accusers to 5 women who contend a senator groped or forcibly kissed them in new weeks. The Senate Ethics Committee confirms it has launched an initial exploration into a allegations opposite Franken.

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Meanwhile, Republicans are stability to fastener with Alabama GOP Senate hopeful Roy Moore, who has been indicted by mixed women of passionate attack when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. Several women contend he followed them romantically, and one lady pronounced he had intimately assaulted her when she was 14. Moore has denied a allegations, though Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and other tip Republicans have called on him to step aside. Moore has resisted. The White House has pronounced that if a allegations are true, Moore should step aside, though President Trump has not left as distant as others in pulling Moore to leave a race. Trump in new days has pulpy a significance of not losing a chair to a Democrat.

All those allegations are in further to women entrance brazen with stories of passionate attack opposite high-profile Hollywood moguls such as Harvey Weinstein and reporters like NBC’s Matt Lauer, CBS’ Charlie Rose and tip NPR executives as well.

Ryan told NPR that, as a father, a emanate is a personal one for him as he has watched a whirl of liaison over a past few weeks.

“I wish my daughter to grow adult in a nation — she’s 15 years aged — where she is empowered and respected. Wherever she goes, wherever she works, and whatever she does. And we consider nowhere should that be some-more apparent and apparent than operative here on Capitol Hill,” Ryan said.

“So we consider here in Congress we should set ourselves to standards that we design of other people,” a House orator added. “We should set high standards for ourselves, so that we can be purpose models and set examples, and clearly people have been descending brief of that, and we consider we always have to try to do a improved pursuit on that.”

'Me Too' Legislation Aims To Combat Sexual Harassment In Congress

Congress has recently upheld legislation to adopt imperative training on nuisance and taste for lawmakers and Capitol Hill employees. In a news discussion on Thursday, Ryan applauded a legislation though also said, “This is an critical step, though it’s one step.”

Steve Inskeep’s talk with Speaker Paul Ryan will atmosphere on Morning Edition on Friday. Morning Edition senior editor Miranda Kennedy and writer Jacob Pinter contributed to this report.