PresidentÂ Donald Trump, who has been too cowardly to say one word about Roy Moore, is now attacking Senator Al Franken. The Minnesota Democrat was accused of unwanted groping and kissing by news radio anchor Leeann Tweeden,Â who provided a photo of him in which he appears to be grabbing or squeezing her breasts while she was asleep. The two were working with the USO to support the troops in 2006 when the photo was taken.
Trump called Senator Franken “Al Frankenstien” via Twitter, said the picture speaks a thousand words, and wondered what happens in other pictures. Tweeden has not produced or suggested there are other photos. She has alsoÂ accepted Franken’s apology andÂ says she is not asking him to resign his Senate seat.
The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps? …..
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 17, 2017
In a second tweet TrumpÂ mentions Lesley Stahl. While a Saturday Night Live writer Franken made a rape joke about theÂ CBS News journalist for a proposed SNL skit with fellow writer Norm MacDonald, which appeared in a 1995 New York Magazine article.
.And to think that just last week he was lecturing anyone who would listen about sexual harassment and respect for women. Lesley Stahl tape?
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 17, 2017
CBS News editor Stefan BecketÂ posted this explanation:
â€” Stefan Becket (@becket) November 17, 2017
Franken on Thursday apologized to Tweeden and in a lengthy Facebook post requested the Senate Ethics Committee investigate him.Â
On Twitter, many were furious, and felt Trump has no leg to stand on. He almost lost the election thanks to an “Access Hollywood” tape in which he now infamously brags about sexually assaulting women, and has been accused by at least 16 women of sexual assault. Some of his comments from the “Access Hollywood” tape:
â€œWhen youâ€™re a star, they let you do it.â€
â€œI moved on her and I failed. Iâ€™ll admit it.â€
â€œI did try and f— her. She was married.â€Â
â€œAnd I moved on her very heavily. In fact, I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get some furniture. I said, â€˜Iâ€™ll show you where they have some nice furniture.â€™â€
â€œI moved on her like a bitch, but I couldnâ€™t get there. And she was married…Then all of a sudden I see her, sheâ€™s now got the big phony tits and everything. Sheâ€™s totally changed her look.â€
â€œIâ€™ve gotta use some tic tacs, just in case I start kissing her… You know Iâ€™m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. Itâ€™s like a magnet. Just kiss. I donâ€™t even wait.â€
â€œGrab them by the pussy.â€
â€œAnd when youâ€™re a star they let you do it. You can do anything.â€
Here’s how Twitter responded:
In case youâ€™ve forgotten hereâ€™s the Donaldâ€™s Access Hollywood tape. https://t.co/qs2lgRQrGK
â€” Simon Rosenberg (@SimonWDC) November 17, 2017
Trumps victim list. Trump should never be excluded in dialogue about sexual assault and rape in Hollywood and politics. pic.twitter.com/YBbdfhk17R
â€” vlh (@coton_luver) November 17, 2017
“I just start kissing them. I donâ€™t even wait. And when youâ€™re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.â€
– The President of the United States
â€” Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) November 17, 2017
One of the things Trump does is act as if nothing he has said or done in the past is at all relevant to his words and actions in the present. Itâ€™s beyond hypocrisy, itâ€™s like malicious amnesia.
â€” Daniel Dale (@ddale8) November 17, 2017
Trump has more than a dozen, on-the-record, allegations of sexual assault against him, and was caught on tape bragging about committing sexual assault. This is a dangerous game for him to play. https://t.co/seUnYcBuhU
â€” Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) November 17, 2017
“Trump started kissing me open mouthed as he was pulling me towards him. I tried to push him away. I pushed his chest, put space between us & I said ‘C’mon man get real’ he repeated my words back to me ‘Get Real’ as he began thrusting his genitals” Summer Zervos #TrumpSexPredator pic.twitter.com/PBACLSIew9
â€” Scott Dworkin (@funder) November 17, 2017
This is a reason for every news outlet to write new stories about everything Trump has been accused of https://t.co/CBO75IRrm2
â€” Josh Schwerin (@JoshSchwerin) November 17, 2017
Spoken like a man who believes he could stand in the middle of 5th Ave & shoot someone without losing followers. https://t.co/zRgxHu9qt3
â€” Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) November 17, 2017
Friendly reminder that Donald Trump, the President, has been accused of sexual assault and harassment by at least sixteen women since the 1980s.
â€” Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) November 17, 2017
Donald Trump has been accused of raping a 13-year-old, raping his ex-wife and attempting to rape a female business associate, among at least 17 other accusations of sexual assault. https://t.co/Vr4RH02lu9
â€” Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) November 17, 2017
Motherfucker we have you on tape pic.twitter.com/vHsJaB9oZB
â€” jordan (@JordanUhl) November 17, 2017
When youâ€™re a star, they let you do it. https://t.co/IcCPVS7whx
â€” Dan Zak (@MrDanZak) November 17, 2017
â€” Ryan Williams-Jent (@RyanJent) November 17, 2017
The voices of the dozen or more women who have credibly accused the President of sexual assault deserve to be amplified tonight.
â€” southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) November 17, 2017
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Watch: Democrat Delivers Fiery Rebuke to House Republicans Trying to Deprive Veterans of Abortion Rights
U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, Democrat of Michigan, blasted congressional Republicans on the floor of the House of Representatives Wednesday, accusing them of turning a basic, bipartisan bill to help the nation’s veterans into “a cold heartless, violent” referendum on the right to abortion.
“In terms of making decisions on behalf of women, if you want to take a veterans’ bill and make it about abortion, then let’s do it,” Slotkin dared her Republican colleagues. “What you are saying – and you’re saying in front of the American people – is that you believe a veteran who has been raped, who was the victim of incest, or who is having a dangerous miscarriage, does not deserve access to abortion.”
Slotkin was referring to the Solid Start Act, her legislation designed to help veterans transition into civilian society. Republicans tried to block the bill after learning it includes a “requirement that the Department of Veterans Affairs provide female veterans with information ‘tailored to their specific health care’ needs, which would adhere to a new VA policy providing abortion access for women vets who are victims of rape, incest or whose life is jeopardized,” HuffPost reports.
“If you can’t state it, then be clear you believe in no exceptions for women — a cold heartless, violent approach to women’s health,” said Slotkin, whose stepdaughter is a female Army officer. “You want to ban all abortions. That is your goal. Many of you have been open about that, and if you flip the House, we know that you will put forward a full ban on all abortion for all states.”
Slotkin, a military spouse and military step mother, is correct. House GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s plan for Republicans to take back control of the House, his Newt Gingrich-endorsed “Commitment to America” says it very clearly. In the section called “Preserve Our Constitutional Freedoms,” he says Republicans will “protect the lives of unborn children and their mothers.”
But GOP opposition to the abortion provisions in the veterans’ bill is even more extreme than McCarthy’s message – and does not protect the life of the mother.
“We are all, on this floor, elected officials and not medical professionals,” Slotkin added in her more-then two-minute rebuke. “If it was your wife, your daughter who was suffering through a miscarriage, are you going to tell her she can’t until her fever gets high enough and until she’s bleeding harder?”
“If that’s what you want for veterans, shame on you! Shame on you!”
Watch below or at this link.
Slotkin: What you are saying and saying
in front of the American people is you believe a veteran who has been raped, who is a victim of incest or who is having a dangerous miscarriage does not deserve access to abortion.. Who do you think you are? pic.twitter.com/44kbO7EAJU
— Acyn (@Acyn) September 29, 2022
Ginni Thomas Testifies Today Before J6 Committee
Far-right-wing activist and lobbyist Ginni Thomas, who held a months-long pressure campaign with Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to try to force him to somehow overturn the 2020 election, and sent numerous emails to GOP lawmakers in multiple states also trying convince them to overturn the election, will testify today before the U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack.
Were Thomas merely a far-right wing extremist, or even a wealthy and powerful lobbyist, her actions would have received less scrutiny, but given she is married to a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas, who was the sole vote opposing the release of January 6 documents to the House Select Committee investigating the insurrection, many see her actions as concerning and deserving of investigation.
Politico’s Kyle Cheney broke the news Thomas will testify before the Committee today. Her testimony will be virtual. The Guardian’s Hugo Lowell adds, it is “voluntary.”
Calling Thomas “one of the panel’s most high-profile outstanding witnesses,” Politico reports, “Lawmakers took interest in her connections to John Eastman, a legal architect of former President Donald Trump’s last-ditch plan to subvert the 2020 election. She’d invited Eastman to speak to an activist group in the aftermath of the election, though Eastman has denied ever discussing Supreme Court-related matters with Thomas.”
In a March opinion piece on MSNBC, Wayne Batchis, associate professor of political science at the University of Delaware, examined the Supreme Court’s “Clarence Thomas (and Ginni Thomas) problem.”
“It turns out that Thomas not only sat on the board of an organization that promoted the dangerous fiction that the 2020 election was ‘stolen’ from former President Donald Trump through fraud, she also attended the rally attempting to vindicate this paranoid propagandistic fantasy (and said she left before Trump took the stage),” Batchis wrote.
” All the while, in what might resemble the coordinated efforts of synchronized swimmers, husband and wife seemingly sought to thwart the investigation into the democratically perilous events of Jan. 6. Ginni Thomas signed on to a letter seeking the expulsion of Republican Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger from the Republican conference for joining the House Jan. 6 investigation committee; Clarence Thomas was the sole dissenter — standing in opposition to the rest of the court, including its three Trump appointees — in a decision allowing for the release of Jan. 6-related documents to said committee.”
“Without trust in the courts,” he warns, “American democracy does not stand a chance.”
Former GOP Congressman Has ‘Legitimate Concerns’ Clarence Thomas Was Involved in ‘Push to Overturn the Election’
Questions surfaced after Justice Clarence Thomas was the only member of the U.S. Supreme Court to oppose the release of Mark Meadows’ texts and information to the Jan. 6 committee. It turned out that in those text messages that the justice didn’t want revealed were communications with his wife.
Former Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA), wrote in his new book that he thinks Justice Thomas is far more involved in his wife Ginni Thomas’ 2020 election overthrow attempts.
Riggleman, who left the committee in April, included many of the text messages that had previously been released from Ginni Thomas, along with the note that he had a difficult time trying to get the House Select Committee to sound the alarm on her actions.
“Supreme Court spouses are typically low profile. Ginni’s involvement with political groups had already led to questions about whether Clarence would need to recuse himself in cases with a political component,” wrote Riggleman. If Clarence had been in the logs, it would be a much bigger deal than all that. When I began to suspect Ginni and Clarence had texted with Meadows, I put together a technical brief outlining how we might be able to cement the identifications.”
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) called him to express concern that telling Americans that such an influential figure had gone full-Q. Cheney was worried it would turn the whole committee into a political sideshow and overshadow all of the other work the committee was doing. The release of Riggleman’s book has left the committee members furiousover possible leaks after spending a year with so few.
Riggleman persisted in pressing Cheney to tell Americans about the Thomases.
“The committee needed to show the American people that there was an organized, violent effort to reverse the election—and that there were indications it could have been directed by the White House,” he wrote. “Thanks to their prominence, Ginni and Clarence would make a lot of headlines, but those headlines might overwhelm the other important work we were doing.”
The conversation with Cheney didn’t go well, with the two “type A personalities” duking-out their arguments. Riggleman argued that data wasn’t political. It wasn’t right or wrong.
“I also thought that, given Clarence’s position and Ginni’s prominence in conservative circles, the American public had to know what she had been up to,” argued Riggleman. “Some of the messages went beyond simply cheering Meadows on. It was legitimate for me to have concerns as to whether a Supreme Court justice had been involved in the legally questionable push to overturn the election. Was it possible that one of the country’s nine top judges was on board with an authoritarian interpretation of the Constitution? The implications were overwhelming. Cheney found it all improbable. I think she still had more faith in the institutional GOP than I did at that point.”
Riggleman’s book, The Breach, is on sale now and Raw Story has complete coverage here.
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