I’m not really sure why Alyssa Milano is even invited to speak on current events, but nevertheless, she was on Chris Cuomo’s show on CNN, making more of her silly statements on Tuesday. She told Cuomo that Rep. Katie Hill (D-Calif.), should not have resigned from Congress following the revelation of her affair with a staffer. “I don’t feel it was the right move,” she said. “I feel that there is incredible hypocrisy that goes on and if Katie Hill were a man who was in a consensual relationship with another man and a woman that this would be a very different outcome.”
Milano seems to be ignorant of the fact that a relationship, even a consensual one, between a member of Congress and a staffer violates House ethics rules. But there’s another problem with her statement as well. Apparently Milano thinks there’s a double standard between male and female members of Congress. She couldn’t be more wrong.
Chris Lee (R-N.Y.) resigned from Congress in 2011 after sending a shirtless photo of himself to a woman he met on Craiglist. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) also resigned from Congress in 2011 after he mistakenly tweeting a lewd photo of himself he thought he was sending to a woman who was not his wife. A more comparable example would be Mark Souder (R-Ind.), who resigned from Congress in 2010 after a consensual affair between him and a female staffer was revealed. There are other examples of male members of Congress who have been held accountable for and/or resigned from Congress for violating House rules or federal laws. Her claim that Katie Hill’s resignation is the result of a double standard is simply wrong.
The only reason Alyssa Milano believes Hill’s resignation wasn’t “fair” is because Hill is a Democrat who was seen as having a bright future in the party. This wasn’t about what Hill did in “in her private time that was consensual,” as Milano put it, but because of her violating House ethics rules—rules that have indeed been enforced on men. There are ample reasons to believe that there is a double standard, however, but not because of gender. I recently compiled 17 examples of Democrats who weren’t held accountable for their actions, despite corrupt, illegal, or unethical behavior—but I don’t recall hearing Alyssa Milano whining about that.
Despite the fact Hill had clearly violated House ethics rules and did the right thing by resigning, Alyssa “MeToo” Milano stands in solidarity with Hill. “I really appreciate Katie Hill and where she was coming from in resigning but I do wish that she would have fought a little harder. I would have fought by her side.”
Matt Margolis is the author of Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy and the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis