In October 2016, Rachel Crooks accused Donald Trump of kissing her without her permission when they worked together in 2005. At the time, we were knee-deep in campaign hell. People, especially Trump supporters, dismissed her claims as an attempt to discredit the man – nevermind that we have all heard him admit to being a sexual predator. He literally said, “I just kiss them.”
Crooks is now running for a seat in Ohio’s 88th District. And… she’s a Democrat. The district is a rural one, outside Toledo, and it went red in 2016. She wants to turn it blue. She is seeking change for the current political climate. Her goals are to create more jobs, ensure access to affordable health care, and repair Ohio’s education system.
She told Cosmopolitan,
I think my voice should have been heard then, and I’ll still fight for it to be heard now. Americans are really upset with politics as usual, and I want to be a voice for them. I think there will be a lot of people who see value in [my campaign]. But I hope more so because I’m a viable candidate rather than a participant in the #MeToo movement.
We understand that she doesn’t want to be ONLY about the #MeToo movement. However, Crooks speaks to many women. If you are a woman who has been in the workforce, at some point in time you have experienced low-key sexual harassment. It’s ingrained in our work culture. Some guy says, “Nice shirt,” as he stares at your chest. A supervisor suggests you resemble an actress he has always thought was “hot.” Another co-worker just pats your ass as you walk by. It’s not even all low-key.
This campaign is about change, but we can’t deny the statement against those in power who think their status is above behaving as a professional human being. It’s a clear message that we are tired of the shit. Rachel Crooks represents those of us who have been deemed less than the average worker because of a set of breasts and wide hips.