The senate sex tape reveals the brazenness of the new elites
The young, woke and privileged seem to believe that normal rules don’t apply to them.
As beleaguered Americans limp into Christmas, even though there are only a few days left in the calendar this year, there’s still plenty of time for idiot ‘progressives’ to bring disgrace upon themselves and the venerable institutions they work for.
Take the young man who suddenly found himself unemployed last week, after a sex tape he made with another man on a desk in the United States senate was widely shared on the internet. Aidan Maese-Czeropski, an aide to Maryland Democratic senator Ben Cardin, starred in a video that featured him wearing only a jockstrap. He can be seen bent over a desk where the most important work of the republic is conducted – such as the nominations for Supreme Court judges – as another man is filming him (and doing something else to him) from behind. The video was initially shared in a private group chat for gay men in DC politics, before it was leaked to the Daily Caller.
Ah, Democrats. You’ve had quite a year for indecent exposure. Back in June, a trans social-media influencer was invited to celebrate Pride Month with the president. He ended up exposing his fake breasts on the White House lawn. And now Maese-Czeropski comes along with his tour-de-force performance in the senate hearing room.
To say his behaviour is brazen would be an understatement. When the video emerged, Maese-Czeropski made no apology. He posted a statement on LinkedIn claiming that he had been ‘attacked for who I love’ and ‘will be exploring what legal options are available to me’.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m no blushing violet. I’m sure throughout the years a few people have acted out private fantasies in that august hall when no one was looking. I’m old enough to remember something about a cigar and a blue dress in the Oval Office in the 1990s. Hell, the elected officials who work in the Capitol have been openly fucking ordinary Americans there for years – and it’s all been broadcast on CSPAN.
But I think it would be a mistake to just brush this incident off with a cynical shrug. Because it is yet more evidence of a sea change in attitudes among the elites and their underlings. Elites have always behaved badly, to some extent. But today they seem to expect total impunity, even when they’ve been caught.
It is hard not to see this as an outgrowth of a cultural revolution. Americans who still hold traditional values are demonised on a continuous basis, singled out as ‘domestic terrorists’ by the nation’s federal law-enforcement apparatus and its handmaidens in the media. Meanwhile, those who work for the blue establishment act as though the rules don’t apply to them, especially if they can claim to be part of a victim class.
Indeed, just a few days before the sex tape emerged, the Washington Free Beacon reported that Maese-Czeropski had confronted Max Miller, a Jewish congressman, and screamed ‘Free Palestine’ at him. Unprofessional doesn’t begin to cover this.
You won’t be surprised to learn that Maese-Czeropski has stellar progressive bona fides. Before he worked in the senate, he was a ‘climate and energy fellow’ at environmental charity Friends of the Earth. Before that, he was a field organiser for the Virginia Democratic Party. He even made a cameo appearance in a video in 2020, in which then newly elected Joe Biden thanks his volunteers.
Judging from Maese-Czeropski’s largely unrepentant LinkedIn statement, it seems like his credentials have rendered this young man tone-deaf. ‘I love my job and would never disrespect my workplace’, he wrote, days after being filmed grossly disrespecting his workplace.
Young people have always done stupid, irresponsible and inappropriate things, of course. But today’s most privileged young adults seem to do so without the slightest hint of remorse. They really do believe the normal rules don’t apply to them. That having the right identity or woke beliefs should shield them from any consequences. The brazenness of these new elites is truly something to behold.
Jenny Holland is a former newspaper reporter and speechwriter. Visit her Substack here.
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