- - Tuesday, December 12, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

On matters of anything sexual, New York Democratic Sen. Kristen Gillibrand simply has zero credibility (“Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand calls on Trump to resign after sexual harassment claims,” Web, Dec. 11). In calling for Trump’s resignation, Gillibrand is obviously counting on everybody having completely forgotten about the greatest of the multiple campus rape hoaxes: the Columbia University “mattress girl” hoax. Gillibrand was a key figure in promoting this hoax both nationally and internationally. In fact, in 2015 she even invited the “mattress girl” as her personal guest to former President Obama’s State of Union address, where she got a shoutout.

The problem, of course, is that the entire “mattress girl” case was a total fabrication, and after multiple investigations and lawsuits Columbia University finally had to settle with the falsely accused man, who was denied all elements of due process and had his reputation and life destroyed.

As trial by media goes on and on and reality vanishes, it is important to remember the company Gillibrand keeps.

GORDON E. FINLEY

Professor of psychology emeritus

Florida International University

Miami

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