It should be a no-brainer to be against corruption, but apparently, this is not the case in Washington.
Sadly, but unsurprisingly, the recent indictment of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) seems to be a rare case of politicians having a spine.
The indictment documents, released Sept. 22, include photographs of alleged bribes that were recovered in the Menendez house. Amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars, these include cash, bars of gold and a luxury convertible.
Menendez, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, allegedly took the bribes. In exchange, prosecutors say the senator abused his position on the committee to aid the Egyptian government in forms of economic support and arms. Menendez and his wife pleaded not guilty on Sept. 27.
Menendez’s alleged crimes can be compared to those of Rep. George Santos (R-NY, 3rd), where his Republican colleagues remained relatively silent about his charges for fraud, money laundering, theft of public funds and false statements. In their silence, they’re damaging their party’s reputation.
The case against Menendez obviously has similar repercussions for the Democratic Party – most notably, Menendez’s felony charges reflect poorly on the party’s integrity as a whole. Since the shocking release of the indictments, all eyes are on Democrats in Congress to see how they will respond to their colleague’s alleged actions.
Some have taken to social media to comment on the situation. Rep. Jeff Jackson (D-NC 14th) took to TikTok, explaining the situation to his 2.3 million followers.
“I don’t know what a jury is going to do, but I know what I’m going to do looking at this evidence – I’m going to ask him to step down,” he said on the social media app. “For something like this, party doesn’t matter. We all deserve better treatment than this as citizens, and we should insist on it.”
The comments praised Jackson for this take.