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Ellen Page Describes Sexual Harassment by Brett Ratner in Powerful Condemnation of Abusers Who ‘Make Us Feel Powerless’

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Says Director Told a Woman She ‘Should Fuck’ Page ‘To Make Her Realize She’s Gay’

Ellen Page, star of “Inception,” “Juno,” and “X-Men” films has penned an incredibly personal, powerful and moving statement attacking the “abusers” who “make us feel powerless.”

Here’s how it begins:

“You should fuck her to make her realize she’s gay.” He said this about me during a cast and crew “meet and greet” before we began filming, X Men: The Last Stand. I was eighteen years old. He looked at a woman standing next to me, ten years my senior, pointed to me and said: “You should fuck her to make her realize she’s gay.” He was the film’s director, Brett Ratner.

Posted just an hour ago to Facebook, already it has hundreds of comments, thousands of shares, and over 10,000 reactions.

I was a young adult who had not yet come out to myself,” Page continues. “I knew I was gay, but did not know, so to speak. I felt violated when this happened. I looked down at my feet, didn’t say a word and watched as no one else did either. This man, who had cast me in the film, started our months of filming at a work event with this horrific, unchallenged plea. He ‘outed’ me with no regard for my well-being, an act we all recognize as homophobic. I proceeded to watch him on set say degrading things to women. I remember a woman walking by the monitor as he made a comment about her ‘flappy pussy’.”

Page, an Academy Award nominated actress, goes on to reveal a director fondled her leg under a table at dinner when she was 16.

“You have to make the move, I can’t,” she says he said.

“I did not make the move and I was fortunate to get away from that situation,” Page adds.

And she repeatedly acknowledges that “As a cis, white lesbian, I have benefited and have the privileges I have” because of “extraordinary and courageous individuals” including “women of color, trans and queer and indigenous women have been leading this fight for decades” and “who have led the way and risked their lives while doing so.”

Calling it “an awful mistake,” Page goes on to say she “did a Woody Allen movie and it is the biggest regret of my career. I am ashamed I did this. I had yet to find my voice and was not who I am now and felt pressured, because ‘of course you have to say yes to this Woody Allen film.’ Ultimately, however, it is my choice what films I decide to do and I made the wrong choice.”

She says what she wants most is “healing for the victims. For Hollywood to wake up and start taking some responsibility for how we all have played a role in this. I want us to reflect on this endemic issue and how this power dynamic of abuse leads to an enormous amount of suffering. Violence against women is an epidemic in this country and around the world. How is this cascade of immorality and injustice shaping our society? One of the greatest risks to a pregnant woman’s health in the United States is murder. Trans women of color in this country have a life expectancy of thirty-five. Why are we not addressing this as a society? We must remember the consequences of such actions. Mental health issues, suicide, eating disorders, substance abuse, to name a few.”

There’s much more, and her words deserve to be read by as many people as possible.

I am grateful to anyone and everyone who speaks out against abuse and trauma they have suffered,” Page concludes. “You are breaking the silence. You are revolution.”

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Trump Tries to Reframe Whistleblower’s Allegations as Just ‘Dicey’ Conversation – Declares ‘Nothing Said Wrong’

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Knowing that Fox News has barely covered the explosive allegations from an anonymous intelligence official’s whistleblower complaint, President Donald Trump Friday morning was hard at work trying to reframe the allegations to his base.

Based on multiple Washington Post reports, the whistleblower is alleging President Trump committed repeated acts that were considered so troubling the intel community’s inspector general called the whistleblower’s complaint “credible” and “urgent.”

They include Trump apparently withholding U.S. Military aid from Ukraine in an attempt to strong-arm that nation’s new president into digging up dirt against his top political opponent, Joe Biden.

If true, legal experts say, it is not only impeachable, but a criminal offense.

Trump Friday morning is claiming there are multiple whistleblowers, which if true is news, and they are “highly partisan,” which he puts in quotes as if to suggest the media has characterized them that way, which is false.

He also suggests the media is minimizing what the complaint alleges: he claims the media is calling his threat to withhold military aid merely “a ‘dicey’ conversation.”

And he’s of course claiming “there was nothing said wrong,” but then, curiously seems to admit to a conversation, saying “it was pitch perfect!”

Here’s how Trump is spinning what could possibly be the end of his presidency:

 

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‘Game Changer’: Morning Joe Panel Nails Giuliani’s Confessional Outburst as Evidence for Trump Impeachment

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“There’s not anything that can get you impeached if the Democrats do not act on this.”

Panelists on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” agreed President Donald Trump’s phone call to Ukraine’s president should be a “game changer” — and was clearly “impeachable.”

The July 25 call appears to have triggered a complaint from a whistleblower, after the president allegedly offered military and financial aid to Ukraine in exchange for pursuing an investigation into Joe Biden’s son doing business there.

“It does feel like a moment in time,” said MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch. “We’ve sat on this set after so many Trump’s snafus and this is it — this is a game changer. If the Democrats can’t smell this. I’ve been going all along, step away from impeachment because when it’s a process thing, when it’s campaign finance, this is the big one. If this is the case, this is the Super Bowl, and the Democrats need to pounce aggressively.”

Co-host Mika Brzezinski said details about the call likely would be revealed, and soon, and host Joe Scarborough said even Republicans — including the Senate majority leader, who finally caved on an election security bill — seemed to understand these allegations were explosive.

“I found it very telling that Mitch McConnell caved yesterday,” Scarborough said, “very telling that after doing Vladimir Putin’s bidding over the past several years, and refusing to listen to all the intel chiefs that Donald Trump appointed to protect American democracy against what they call an imminent threat, that Mitch McConnell chose yesterday, as this story was exploding about other foreign interference in American democracy, that’s when he finally caved and stopped worrying about Vladimir Putin and started worrying about protecting and defending American democracy.”

Scarborough called the allegations against Trump impeachable, and former Bush White House aide Elise Jordan said they obviously called for impeachment.

“I don’t know what is an impeachable offense if this is not,” she said. “Like, basically there’s not anything that can get you impeached if the Democrats do not act on this, and I don’t want ever again Lindsey Graham to lecture me about how, if I don’t want to send X number of troops to start a new land war, I’m not tough on national security, if this is what Republicans are willing to tolerate these days.”

Jordan pointed out that Trump’s call to Ukraine came the day after special counsel Robert Mueller testified, and the president was emboldened that he had escaped consequences for Russian efforts to get him elected — and his efforts to cover up those contacts.

“You almost have to wonder if President Trump thought, ‘Got away with it once, no consequences first go-round, let’s gear up for 2020, let’s see what we can do,” Jordan said, and then turned to Rudy Giuliani’s admissions to CNN about their new scheme. “It is just simply astounding to watch drunk grandpa last night, who needs to be just pulled off to hospice.”

 

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‘About as High a Crime and Misdemeanor as One Can Imagine’ Former DOJ Official Muses After Latest Whistleblower Bombshell

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A former top Obama Dept. of Justice official just weighed in on The Washington Post’s latest bombshell involving an intelligence official’s whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump, repeated actions involving a “promise” to a foreign leader, and the new development that it involves Ukraine.

The Trump White House, through the Acting Director of National Intelligence, is refusing to hand over to Congress the whistleblower complaint, despite very clear law saying he “shall” do so.

Former DOJ chief spokesperson Matthew Miller, now an MSNBC justice and security analyst, responded to a tweet detailing the Post’s latest reporting from its national security correspondent.

Miller tweeted:

“If [Trump] was promising U.S. government action in exchange for a foreign government targeting a political [opponent], that is about as high a crime and misdemeanor as one can imagine.”

(Miller originally tweeted “appointment,” but subsequently tweeted “opponent.”)

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