In a a shocking display of narcissism, Democratic CD2 Congressional Candidate Yahya Yuksel announced he will stay in the race despite rape allegations which he tried to cover up. An angry crowd of about 35 people chanted “You are Done” as he walked away with his campaign manager.
Casting himself as a victim in a case of rape allegations, he started by giving lip service to the #MeToo movement, and adding “Regarding the allegations, it’s deeply disturbing to me. It hurts. I could never ever force myself on someone.” Only in response to questions did he say he would stay in the race.
As he walked out of the room, a woman shouted “Coward” and the crowd began chanting “Shame on You. Shame on You.”
The event could not have been handled worse. It devolved into chanting and shouts as an audience of rape survivors and other women responded furiously. His mother Apameh Bashar and father Edip Yuksel tried to defend their son and shouting matches exploded.
Yuksel stood briefly in the hallway of his campaign offices and actually defended himself by saying, “I was a virgin,” regarding the rape allegations until he was led away by his campaign manager.
“I am disgusted and disheartened by Yahya’s statement and his family and campaign’s performance here. He said he would talk to us, so I expect answers,” said Veronica Nicole who has led discussions about Yuksel on Facebook.
“I also expect people in positions of power and the media to demand answer to these questions. I will not stop until he steps down. Because he does not deserve to represent the women of this community,” she said.