- Karen Monahan, the woman who accused Minnesota Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison of domestic abuse, said Monday that the Democratic Party does not believe her.
- Monahan also wrote on Twitter that she’s been threatened and isolated by her own Democratic Party.
- Her comments were made in contrast to the immediate attention Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser has received.
Karen Monahan, the woman accusing Minnesota Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison of domestic abuse, responded to a Twitter user on Monday who asked if Democrats believe Monahan’s allegations, saying they don’t, and that she’s been threatened and isolated from her own party.
The user was following up on a tweet about Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
Peter Daou, a Democratic strategist and former advisor to Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, tweeted on Monday that Ford will be “attacked, smeared, and demonized” and that people must “BELIEVE WOMEN.”
BELIEVE WOMEN. https://t.co/5NJ7nBOs4k
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) September 17, 2018
A Twitter user named Rose responded to Daou’s tweet, saying, “Democrats say believe women, do they believe you….” in reference to Monahan, who claims Ellison violently dragged her off a bed and yelled “Bitch, get the f*** out of my house” in a heated argument the couple allegedly had in 2016.
“No, they [Democrats] don’t,” Monahan responded back. “I’ve been smeared, threatened, isolated from my own party.”
No, they don’t. I’ve been smeared, threatened, isolated from my own party. I provided medical records from 2017, stating on two different Dr. Visits, I told them about the abuse and who did it. My therapist released records stating I have been dealing and healing from the abuse
— Karen Monahan (@KarenMonahan01) September 17, 2018
Monahan has not appeared to receive the same international attention that other women have received in recent months as more women come forward with allegations against a number of men, from Harvey Weinstein to Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitens to President Donald Trump.
“Four people, including my supervisor at the time, stated that I came to them after and shared the exact story I shared publicly, I shared multiple text between me and Keith, where I discuss the abuse with him and much more,” Monahan continued on Twitter.
“As I said before, I knew I wouldn’t be believed.”
Daou is just one of many who have aired their support for Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempting to drunkenly force himself onto her during at a party in high school, according to reports first issued by The New Yorker on Friday.
The allegation came one day after Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California released a vague statement referring to possible misconduct in Kavanaugh’s past. (RELATED: Kavanaugh Breaks Silence After Sexual Assault Allegation)
Calls to delay voting on Kavanaugh, which was set for Thursday, have been growing since Ford came public with her previously anonymous accusation.
Some Republicans said the timing is a political attempt to derail Kavanaugh rather than a sincere effort to address sexual assault, as the allegation is from nearly 35 years ago.
Monahan has insisted her decision to come forward against Ellison, who is also deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), has no political ulterior motive and is for her own personal freedom and to help other survivors.
“I have nothing to prove to anyone, I simply shared my story. People can believe it or not. I don’t need anyone to affirm my humanity, I affirmed it,” she tweeted.
I didn’t break my silence for validation or any outcome. I did it for my own internal freedom and to stand w/ other survivors. I have nothing to prove to anyone, I simply shared my story. People can believe it or not. I don’t need anyone to affirm my humanity, I affirmed it.
— Karen Monahan (@KarenMonahan01) September 17, 2018
Tom Perez, chairman of the DNC, almost immediately called for an investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh, but he has largely evaded the allegations against Ellison.
A thorough investigation is needed, Perez said Sunday.
The DNC announced on Aug. 14 that it would review the Ellison accusations, but has yet to announce the results of said review.
Another contrast is seen from Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who said he had “nothing” to say about the Ellison allegation when asked on Aug. 16, however, days after the Kavanaugh accusations surfaced, Sanders spoke up.
“The allegation from Professor Christine Blasey Ford is a serious one that deserves a full investigation,” he wrote on Twitter Sunday.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Monahan and will update if a response is received.
Ellison has denied allegations of abuse against Monahan.
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