A group of European Parliament staff have called on Nigel Farage to undergo harassment training after he defended Donald Trump’s sexual assault comments, Scram News can reveal.
The MeToo movement in the European Parliament, a group who work in the political or administrative fields in the institution, are calling on the Brexit Party leader to undergo training after he defended Donald Trump’s boast about grabbing women “by the p***y”.
Speaking on an ITV debate last night, Farage said: “Men say dreadful things sometimes.
“If all of us were caught out on what we’ve said on a night out after a drink, none of us would be here.”
Trump was not on a night out when he made these comments. And neither was he drunk. The President famously doesn’t drink.
Farage’s remarks have been widely criticised, including by the European Parliament staffers. In a statement, the MeToo group said:
“The MeToo movement in the European Parliament is dismayed by comments made by MEP Nigel Farage during a seven-way ‘leaders debate’ on 1st December, 2019.
“This is nothing more than a rehashed version of the ‘boys will be boys’ excuse, used to excuse thousands of rapes, sexual assaults and the prevalence of an intimidating environment towards women in our society.
“The MeToo movement in the European Parliament has fought long and hard for recognition of the hostile environment towards women, and MEP Farage’s public handwaving away of serious sexual assaults is as crass as it is backwards.
“We call upon MEP Farage and the Brexit Party to apologise unreservedly for these comments, as well as publicly committing to undergoing the European Parliament’s anti-harassment training course.
“We expect the leaders of political parties to lead on this issue – if MEP Farage chooses to set the precedent in this way, he is not fit to lead a political party.”