During an ABC interview with Martha Raddatz, Cokie Roberts casually admits that her and many others knew about Conyers sexual assaults for years and did nothing. The conversation started by talking about how things will change because of all of these new accusations. “And you know they are so used to it. I mean, the culture of Capitol Hill for so many decades was men being bad,” explained Roberts.
“I don’t think that the culture has — we haven’t seen major shift, right? And I would also just point out, members policing themselves, a very bad track record of it, whether it’s about these kind of scandals, whether it’s about how they use their finances. There is — nobody is saying that they’re going to change the whole process by which this is done, that they’re going to throw out members if they actually have sexual harassment cases. This is a big problem for them,” said Palmer.
“The fact that people are willing to be public can change things. I mean, we all talked about for years,” said Roberts.
“A little bit at a time,” responded Raddatz. And that’s when Roberts really dropped a bombshell.
Don’t get in the elevator with [Conyers], you know, and the whole every female in the press corps knew that, right, don’t get in elevator with him. Now people are saying it out loud. And I think that does make a difference,” said Roberts. Maybe if you didn’t want it to happen to other women, you should have said it out loud sooner. Check out the video below.