A guest panelist on the Fox News show “Outnumbered” accused Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) on Thursday of being “part of the problem” of sexual harassment after the senator recently revealed sexist treatment from male colleagues in Congress.
Former castmate on MTV’s “The Real World” Rachel Campos-Duffy said she agreed with Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), who on Tuesday insisted Gillibrand should “name names” of anyone who harassed her.
“Good for Ron Johnson. I think that she is part of the problem,” Campos-Duffy said.
In promoting her upcoming book last week, Gillibrand revealed to People magazine several incidents of colleagues commenting inappropriately on her weight and appearance.
“If these senators said this,” Campos-Duffy said, “and I am a little doubtful … say who they are,” she said.
“I say spill the beans,” she continued. “Don’t tarnish the image of the Senate, if you can’t stand behind those remarks.”
Fellow guest Jesse Watters took issue with Campos-Duffy’s assumption that sexual harassment is unimaginable in the halls of the Senate, where older men are “followed around by twenty-something interns.”
“You’re saying there’s no sexism in the Senate?” he asked.
Campos-Duffy, who is married to Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI), went on unmoved: “My husband is a congressman, and I will tell you that he is very professional, and I can guarantee you if there were any interns following behind him, I would be right there,” she said.
After being reminded by fellow host Kimberly Guilfoyle that sexual harassment is a genuine issue, Campos-Duffy agreed, saying she wished Gillibrand would have shown similar outrage at the Clinton administration’s treatment of Monica Lewinsky.