Bob Vander Plaats, the president and CEO of the Conservative advocacy group The Family Leader, called on Congress to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct that have been brought against President Trump, reported Iowa Public Radio.
The Family Leader is an American socially conservative political organization based in Iowa. According to their website, their mission is to "Strengthen families, by inspiring Christ-like leadership in the home, the church, and the government."
Vander Plaats made the call during a speech at Simpson College in Iowa. He declared that Trump’s accusers “need to be heard.” He also seemed to address the White House's claim that the American people had spoken on the validity of the claims when they elected President Trump. Vander Plaats argued that the allegations shouldn't be dismissed simply because Trump was elected.
"A lot of these ladies came forth in the election, and for whatever reason, the American people said 'we're going to give the presidency to Donald Trump,'" said the Conservative leader. "That doesn't mean their issue went away because he became president."
He continued, "I think if these ladies need to be heard on this—and I think they probably should be heard. Then let's let the facts play out. I don't think it should be really dismissed."
Vander Plaats is commonly referred to as the "Kingmaker of Iowa" in political circles. Every election season since Mike Huckabee, the candidate endorsed by Vander Plaat has won the caucus in Iowa, which is where the presidential nomination battle kicks off. Huckabee won in 2008, Santorum in 2012, and Cruz in 2016.
The conservative activist endorsed Republican Senator Ted Cruz in the 2016 presidential election. He was also the national co-chair for the Ted Cruz campaign in 2016.
Vander Plaats’ comments come days after several Democratic lawmakers called on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to look into the sexual misconduct allegations against Trump. The request was quickly shot down.
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