Al Franken’s Newest Groping Excuse: “I’m A Warm Person. I Hug People”

Yeah, he’s warm alright. I really find his ‘I’m a sensitive male’ trip so offensive, either deny or don’t say anything. Don’t try to play this game that you care so much about women and have ‘just learned’ that you may have crossed the line.

Via Daily Caller:

Democratic Minnesota Sen. Al Franken’s latest excuse for the groping allegations against him is that he is a “warm person” who likes to “hug people.”

Four women have now come forward to accuse Franken of groping their butts or breasts. One of the women, Leeann Tweeden, also accused Franken of forcibly kissing her while rehearsing a skit on a USO trip in 2006.

Franken released a Thanksgiving Day statement in which he attempted to downplay the allegations against him, while adding that he respects the “feelings” of his accusers.

“I’ve met tens of thousands of people and taken thousands of photographs, often in crowded and chaotic situations. I’m a warm person; I hug people. I’ve learned from recent stories that in some of those encounters, I crossed a line for some women — and I know that any number is too many,” Franken said.

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Berlin To Bring Back Children Of German ‘Islamic State’ Fighters

Future jihadis.

Via DW:

The German government wants to bring back the children of German IS members who fought in Syria, according to a report. At least six children — including babies — are currently in detention centers in Iraq.

Diplomats with Germany’s Foreign Ministry requested exit permits from the Iraqi government for the children of detained German citizens who are members of the self-styled “Islamic State” (IS) group, a newspaper report published on Thursday stated.

At least six children are currently with their mothers in interrogation or detention centers in Iraq, according to information gathered by German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung and public broadcasters NDR and WDR.

The Foreign Ministry justified the decision to bring the children home by citing humanitarian considerations and Germany’s duty to protect its citizens. They also argued that the children would be better cared for by their relatives in Germany than in the detention centers.

Diplomats were able to visit the mothers and children in detention, where the women asked them to fly their children home, according to the report.

So far, Iraqi authorities have not made a decision on letting the children go back to Germany.

A majority of the minors are young children or babies, the report stated. Four of them are located in Erbil, where one of the detained German women is pregnant.

The women were arrested after security forces reclaimed the territories IS once called its caliphate.

The children were either brought to Syria by their mothers after they pledged allegiance to IS or they were born in the conflict zone.

Children who were born in areas of Syria that were previously overtaken by IS fighters were only issued an IS birth certificate. Since their mothers are German, they qualify for German citizenship.

Out of the estimated 940 people from Germany who traveled to Syria or Iraq to fight for IS, two-thirds of them are believed to hold German citizenship.

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Third Ranking Dem In House: Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Conyers ‘Could Be Made Up’

Did he make up the settlement he made using our money too? Or the multiple staffers who came forward claiming he’s harassed women for years? The ‘women must be believed’ only applies when a Republican is accused.

Via Townhall:

The sexual misconduct reckoning that’s sweeping the nation does cross party lines and political persuasions. Republicans and Democrats are in the crosshairs. Liberal media figures have also fallen. Yet, the Left is still engaging in the Bill Clinton protocol, circling the wagons and trying to downplay the accusations.

Right now, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has four women, two of which wish to remain anonymous, alleging that he groped them. Leeann Tweeden who fired the first salvo also said that Franken forcibly kissed her during a 2006 USO tour in the Middle East. The other Democrat in the news is Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), who has had sexual misconduct allegations lobbed against him, with financial settlements providing a paper trail of possible bad behavior.

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FRIDAY OPEN THREAD…

Happy Black Friday!

Portland Man Who Used Climate Defense Found Guilty Of Pipeline Damage

He was protecting mother earth, Gaia.

Via Great Falls Tribune:

Leonard Higgins, charged with tampering with an oil pipeline in Montana last year following a four-state climate change demonstration, was found guilty Wednesday by a Chouteau County jury of trespassing and criminal mischief.

The jury, which got the case at 11:15 a.m., returned an hour later with the verdict, which also included the conclusion that Higgins caused more than $1,500 in damage.

District Judge Daniel Boucher set sentencing for Jan. 2.

Following the verdict, Higgins, of Portland, said he was disappointed Boucher did not allow his defense team to present a so-called “necessity” defense in which he would have argued he committed a lesser harm because of an imminent greater harm, in this case climate change.

Had that climate change defense been allowed, Higgins said, the outcome may have been different.

“It was really frustrating not to be able to talk about climate in the courthouse,” Higgins said.

The charges stemmed from Higgins turning off an oil pipeline valve in 2016 located north of the Missouri River in Chouteau County 75 miles northeast of Great Falls as part of a coordinated, four-state effort to raise awareness about climate change.

His trial began Tuesday and the case was given to jurors for deliberation late Wednesday morning.

“This is not about climate change,” Chouteau County Attorney Steven Gannon told jurors during closing arguments.[…]

Higgins, 65, dressed in a sports coat and collared shirt, looked more like a college professor or grandpa than an “eco-terrorist,” as one oil and gas group called him following the Oct. 11, 2016 incident.

When he testified Wednesday morning, he still managed to discuss climate change in between objections.

e described himself as a church-going family man whose roots are in agriculture and he recalled picking beans growing up in Oregon.

Later in life, he got sucked into pursuing the American Dream, he said.

He grew up in Corvallis, Ore., but now lives in Portland.

Then, after soul-searching following his mother’s death and retirement in 2010, he began to consider more serious issues, including climate change.

It is his responsibility to stand up and do what is right, he said.

“Sometimes what’s right isn’t necessarily what’s legal,” Higgins said. “It was a really hard conclusion to come to.”

He read a report by a climate scientist that spurred him to action.

“In short it explains both why we have global warning, what the science is behind that and what will happen to not so much me but my kids and grandkids if we don’t do something about it,” Higgins said.

He got involved with a group at his church that worked on climate change.

Members of a church group decided elevate their efforts after community outreach had little influence on public policy.

“In our country we have a tradition of civil disobedience,” Higgins said. “Our founders left power in our hands as citizens.”

The group researched how they could conduct civil disobedience on large enough scale to make a difference. They turned their focus to oil pipelines transporting heavy crude from the oil sands in Canada, and decided to act during the presidential election by attempting to briefly stop all “tar sands oil” coming into the United States.

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Milwaukee Woman Tricked Into Buying A Box Of Potatoes She Thought Was An iPhone

A van selling phones out of the back seems legit.

Via Daily Mail:

A Milwaukee woman trying to get a head-start on the Christmas shopping season paid $100 for a box of potatoes which she thought was an iPhone.

The scam was perpetrated by a man driving around her neighborhood in a black truck with balloons and a sign taped to it which read: ‘Black Friday sale.’

The unnamed woman, who uploaded a video onto LiveLeak telling her story, said she made sure the man tested the phone to see if it worked.

After she agreed to buy the phone, she took what she thought was the box with the iPhone in it and went home.

But when she got home, she was shocked to discover that the box was filled with potatoes.[…]

‘He hands me an iPhone 6, I’m playing with, turning it around, checking it.

‘I ask him to call the phone and he showed me the number and I’m like “cool, it’s legit. It’s ringing. It’s working. I want it”.

‘Right? Wrong. He turns around and puts the phone in the box with a piece of paper, he hands it to me, I hand him the money, I get in my car and drive home.

‘I sit at my kitchen table about to play with the phone… The box is heavy, and I get home, and this n***** sold me a box of potatoes!

‘A box of potatoes for $100 this n***** gave me one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven cut up potatoes,’ she says.

In the video, she then stabs each potato with a pen.

To add insult to injury, the woman found an Android charger in the box – which is incompatible with the iPhone.

‘What the heck am I supposed to do with this!? I am so hurt right now imma have to go to jail, imma go outside and imma find these old n******.

‘What am I supposed to do with — oh you almost made me cuss.’

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Texas Teacher Adopts Former Student In Time For Thanksgiving

Via Breitbart:

Thanksgiving came early to a Texas teenager who has been in the state’s foster care system since he was nine. His former high school teacher decided to adopt and became his forever mom last weekend.

Sixteen-year-old Anthony said he never wanted to be adopted. Most older kids age out of the foster care system when they turn 18-years-old and Anthony fit the profile. He lived in foster care since 2010 so he never imagined a future with a permanent and loving family. However, all that changed last year when he met his high school English teacher, Bennie Berry, at the Pathways Learning Center in the Beaumont Independent School District.

“I did not think the day would ever come because of the fact that I did not want to be adopted,” he told KBMT at the Jefferson County Courthouse on Saturday.

“Then, I met my mom,” said Anthony. “And I started talking to her and it just started to click.”

At first, Berry thought Anthony was joking. “Until he actually explained his situation and then we struck a deal,” she said. Berry recalled telling the teen: “Finish your assignment, then you can show me the website.”

The Texas Adoption Resource Exchange provides information to prospective and interested candidates on how to become a foster or adoptive parent. Berry learned that adoption really was an option and said, “so we pushed forward.”

Since 2000, the Saturday before Thanksgiving is National Adoption Day, an event that seeks to raise awareness of the more than 110,000 minors in U.S. foster care who hope to find forever families. Texas cities hold Adoption Day events, including in Beaumont where the Jefferson County Courthouse sported a “Wizard of Oz” theme and the children followed the “Yellow Brick Road” that lead them to District Court Judge Larry Thorne’s courtroom, according to KBMT. Anthony was the oldest of the 18 children adopted at the courthouse that day. The youngest was almost 1-year-old.

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‘Black Liberation’ Group Vows To Shut Down Black Friday Shopping To Fight Racism

They tried this last year. It didn’t work very well.

Via Daily Caller:

A Seattle, Wash., black liberation group planned a Black Friday march to urge people to only shop at black-owned businesses this Friday.

Black Liberation Front-Seattle, an “assertive” group aimed at fighting racism, also launched a four-hour demonstration called “BlackLivesMatterFriday 4.0 -Racism. It Stops With Me” to show the country that racism is unacceptable.

Approximately 10,000 people have marked “interested” on social media for this event, and over 1,000 people have said they plan on attending the Friday demonstration.

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Seattle ‘Black Liberation’ Group Vows To Shut Down Black Friday Shopping To Fight Racism

Mostpeople have started avoiding Black Friday like the plague.

Via Daily Caller:

A Seattle, Wash., black liberation group planned a Black Friday march to urge people to only shop at black owned businesses this Friday.

Black Liberation Front-Seattle, an “assertive” group aimed at fighting racism, also launched a four-hour demonstration called “BlackLivesMatterFriday 4.0 -Racism. It Stops With Me” to show the country that racism is unacceptable.

Approximately 10,000 people have marked “interested” on social media for this event, and over 1,000 people have said they plan on attending the Friday demonstration.

“We need to show that racism, stops with me (You) and that racism will be defeated forever and that racism is not acceptable in this country or world and also, Black Liberation Starts with you because until All Black People are free- Then no ones is free,” the event description reads.

The group not only has protests planned to show how “racism is alive and well” in America, but told people to only buy from black owned businesses on Black Friday. Participants were asked to purchase black hoodies reading “Black Liberation Front” to match the organizers.

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Fellow Congressional Black Caucus Member Calls For Conyers To Step Down From Powerful Committee Post

The sacrificial lamb for the 2018 election.

Via Daily Mail:

Representative John Conyers faced new internal pressures Friday as a fellow senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus called on him to relinquish his top spot on the House Judiciary Committee and a home-state Democrat brought up disciplinary action.

‘No one is exempt from bad behavior,’ said New York Rep. Gregory Meeks, who is serving his tenth term in Congress.

Conyers this week ‘vehemently’ denied the accusations of a woman who got a $27,000 settlement payment after she lost her job and accused the senior lawmaker of sexual harassment.

A second woman filed a lawsuit that she later withdrew charging that Conyers repeatedly touched her and invited her to his home when she was his scheduler – and repeatedly touched her ‘against her wishes’ while at a White House jazz celebration last year.

In another clear sign of intensifying pressure, fellow Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell – whose husband John Dingell was the previous ‘dean’ of the House – said if the allegations prove true ‘The House is going to have to take appropriate action.’

That was a reference to censure or reprimand, two tools that the House can vote. The measures are rare and can be career ending.

‘I find it very, very, very, deeply disturbing,’ Dingell told CNN. ‘If these things are proven to be true we need to act.’

Meeks told CNN that Conyers – an initial founder of the black caucus – should step down from his committee leadership post during an Ethics Committee probe.

Should Democrats retake the House in 2018, the 88-year-old Michigan representative would chair the committee that would consider any impeachment charges against President Trump.

‘No one is exempt from bad behavior, and I think that he’s agreed and I clearly see where Leader (Nancy) Pelosi has said there will be an immediate ethics committee, a review,” Meeks told CNN Friday.

“I really think that probably the appropriate thing right now is that he should step down as the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee and be subject to this ethics investigation.”

In doing so, Conyers would be following a precedent followed by fellow CBC member Charles Rangel, who was forced to give up his top spot on Ways and Means during a prolonged ethics probe of his finances and taxes.

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NRO: This Thanksgiving, Thank Donald J. Trump

Via NRO:

This Thanksgiving, Americans in general — and free-market conservatives in particular — have plenty for which to be grateful. And much of it would be absent had the White House’s current occupant not become president on November 8, 2016.

The day after Donald J. Trump defeated Hillary Clinton, Princeton University economist Paul Krugman called Trump’s victory “the mother of all adverse effects.” He predicted “very probably . . . a global recession, with no end in sight.”

The Dow Jones Industrial Average, NASDAQ, and S&P 500 all hit record highs on Tuesday. The Wilshire 5000 Index calculates that some $3.4 trillion in new wealth has been created since President Trump’s inauguration and $5.4 trillion since his election. Fueled by the reality of deregulation, expectations of lower taxes, and a new tone in Washington that applauds free enterprise rather than excoriate it, the economy is on fire.

Unemployment is at 4.1 percent, a 17-year low. New unemployment claims in September were at their most modest since 1974. Goldman Sachs on November 20 “lowered our unemployment rate forecast to 3.7 percent by end-2018 and 3.5 percent by end-2019.” According to the Wall Street powerhouse’s chief economist Jan Hatzius, “Such a scenario would take the U.S. labor market into territory almost never seen outside of a major wartime mobilization.”

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TripAdvisor ‘Being Investigated By The FTC’ After Claims The Website Deleted Reviews Mentioning Rape And Assault

Do your own research, buyer beware.

Via Daily Mail:

TripAdvisor has been accused of removing claims of rape and assault from reviews made by the website’s users.

The travel firm is now reportedly under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission.

Senator Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat from Wisconsin, was sent a letter informing her that the FTC is investigating TripAdvisor.

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the letter – written by FTC chief Maureen Ohlhausen – explained: ‘The Commission has a strong interest in protecting consumer confidence in the online marketplace, including the robust online market for hotel and travel.

‘When consumers are unable to post honest reviews about a business, it can harm other consumers whose abilities to make well-informed purchase decisions are hindered and harm businesses that work hard to earn positive reviews.’

In a report by the Journal-Sentinel, one woman said that she was shocked to learn that the owner of a restaurant she visited just south of Baltimore – the Rams Head Tavern – had been charged with recording women while they were in the bathroom.

When she found out by reading a newspaper, her husband went straight to TripAdvisor to warn others about the ‘Peeping Tom’.

But within a day, the couple claims, the post was deleted – with the firm explaining that the review did not meet website guidelines.

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White Candidates Banned From Applying For Job At BBC, Where Ethnic Minorities Already Overrepresented

Shaun King should apply.

Via Breitbart:

A job advert offering “an exceptional and unique opportunity to train as a broadcast journalist” at the BBC says it is only open to non-white applicants.

Posted to the jobs section of w4mp — the Westminster political, media, and lobbying jobs portal — on Tuesday, the advert states plainly that the year-long, paid internship at the BBC World Service is “only open to candidates from a black, Asian or non-white ethnic minority background”.

The advert was placed by Creative Access, a registered charity which — as previously reported by Breitbart London — offers highly desirable, paid internships at top media companies, from which white people are excluded from applying.

“We help young people, from under-represented communities throughout the UK, to access creative careers,” says the organisation on its website. “Our vision is that in the longer term, our interns will progress to management positions, and in turn bring in others from under-represented communities in alongside them.”

Far from being underrepresented, the BBC’s Equality Information Report for 2017 showed that black and minority ethnic (BME) people make up 14.5 per cent of the corporation’s workforce, while comprising less than 13 per cent of Britain’s population at the 2011 census.

While the BBC claims the drive for greater diversity is to ensure its workforce “reflects the UK”, the company has committed to engineering “a workforce at least as diverse, if not more so, than any other in the industry”.

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SC Attorney General Alan Wilson Urging Congress To Pass Law Recognizing Concealed Weapon Permits

Easy solution is SCOTUS applying the second amendment.

Via WACH:

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson is urging Congress to pass a law requiring every state to recognize concealed weapon permits from all other states.

Wilson says such a measure would protect citizens’ rights to self-defense.

“States should not be able to deny citizens of other states the basic constitutional right to self-defense,” Wilson said. “South Carolinians who have gone through the process of getting concealed weapon permits shouldn’t have to worry about whether they can protect themselves and their families when they travel in other states.”

Wilson signed a letter with other states, including Missouri, Alabama, Louisiana, and Montana, asking Congress to pass either the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which is a U.S. Senate bill, or the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which is a U.S. House bill.[…]

The proposals would not expand who is allowed to have a concealed weapon permit.

“It just eliminates the confusion we have now over which states recognize which other states’ permits, and makes that constitutional right uniform across the country,” Wilson said.

The bills would also allow states, local governments, and private entities to prohibit concealed weapons on their property.

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And Justice For All — Except Republicans

Via Daily Caller:

Texas Rep. Joe Barton is having a nightmarish Thanksgiving.

Late Tuesday, nude photos were circulated of the Texas Republican, prompting a wave of gleeful mockery on social media.

Barton, a divorcee, had sent the compromising photos to a woman he had a consensual relationship with. It appears she leaked them after they had a bad break-up.

In a court of law, this would likely constitute as revenge porn — a crime in most states — which explains why Barton would have threatened to report the woman to police.

But The Washington Post framed that threat as some sinister show of power in its report on the matter Wednesday night and treated the jilted lover as some heroic whistleblower of Barton’s “secret sex life.”

That “secret sex life” was that Barton, a single man at the time, was flirty with other women.

Truly one of the great criminal conspiracies of our time.

However, the Post’s article makes it seem like this is the real wrongdoing here instead of the revenge porn, which the paper fleetingly describes before getting to the reporters’ main purpose of shaming Barton.

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SUNY Albany Social Justice Event Calls Thanksgiving ‘A Day Of Mourning’

Afterwards free-range tofu turkey was served.

Via Campus Reform:

A peer education program at SUNY Albany recently held a meeting to discuss how Thanksgiving is allegedly a commemoration of mass murder.

Hosted by the C.H.A.R.G.E. Peer Education Program, posters originally advertised the meeting as “NO THANKS GIVING: Do you know what you are celebrating this Thanksgiving?”

The name of the event was subsequently changed to “Thanks/Friends Giving,” however, after someone complained about the original name.

“We simply wanted to shed light on the Native American experience, and where they were during this time in history,” C.H.A.R.G.E. Director Liery Santos told Campus Reform. “We know the Native Americans were already occupying this part of the world, but now live in reservations. The conditions in these reservations are awful, considering Native Americans were already here.”

The event took place Tuesday night and was sparsely attended. Bibi Chaterateach, a senior at SUNY Albany and C.H.A.R.G.E. member, ran the meeting, which she said was “based on looking at Thanksgiving through the Native American perspective.”

Although Thanksgiving takes on different meanings for different groups, she noted that for Native Americans, “Thanksgiving is a day of mourning.”

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How Mike Pence Spent His Thanksgiving Eve Will Tell You Exactly Where His Priorities Are

Via Daily Caller:

It’s Thanksgiving Eve.

Families across the country are en-route to visit loved ones and friends for some warm holiday cheer. However, some families of wounded American service members will be spending the holidays away from home and in a hospital next to their injured sons or daughters, husbands or wives.

Many of those families will be at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, which is the nation’s largest military Hospital.

Wounded service members and their families received an unexpected treat on Wednesday, when they were able to give thanks and receive encouragement from Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence.

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US, S. Korean Soldiers Get Medals For Helping To Rescue N. Korean Defector

Via Stars and Stripes:

Six U.S. and South Korean soldiers were awarded medals Thursday for helping to rescue a North Korean defector who made a daring escape across the border that divides the peninsula.

The fleeing soldier was severely wounded on Nov. 13 as other North Korean troops opened fire to try to stop him as he ran onto the South Korean side of the Joint Security Area, then collapsed.

Two South Korea soldiers who are part of the JSA security battalion crawled across the leaf-strewn ground to recover him, then dragged him to safety as other members of the battalion monitored the situation.

Gen. Vincent Brooks, head of United Nations Command and U.S. Forces Korea, awarded the soldiers an Army commendation medal “in recognition for their efforts” in rescuing the defector, during a ceremony at Camp Bonifas, a statement said.

The awardees were Sgt. 1st Class Noh Yeong Soo, Sgt. 1st Class Song Seoung Hyeon, Sgt. Robert Hartfield, Maj. Jeffery Schmidt, Lt. Col. Kwon Young Hwan, and Lt. Col. Matthew Farmer, USFK said on its Facebook page. It didn’t provide more information.

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College Republican Sues Antifa Member For $100,000 In Damages

Nice job, Troy! Make her pay.

Via Washington Examiner:

Troy Worden, former president of the Berkeley College Republicans, has filed a motion seeking more than $100,000 of damages against Yvette Felarca, a member of the Antifa-affiliated By Any Means Necessary group, on the basis that she has repeatedly threatened and harassed Worden and others on campus.

According to a press release by one of Worden’s lawyers, Mark Meuser, “Felarca filed a frivolous restraining order that restricted Worden’s First and Second Amendment rights and made it difficult for him to move around the campus to attend classes. The restraining order was dismissed on Oct. 27, 2017.”

Felarca, who is known for leading the violent BAMN organization, “is twice-over out on bail for charges of assault, resisting arrest, and inciting a riot,” and has been interviewed by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for her role in leading the group.

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Democrat Kathleen Sebelius: Clinton WH Doubled Down On ‘Abusive Behavior,’ Fair To Criticize Hillary

Battle lines are being drawn.

Via CNN:

As a wave of stories unfold about sexual harassment and assault by men in power, a senior Democratic leader says her party should reflect on how it handled such charges when they were leveled against former President Bill Clinton.

“Not only did people look the other way, but they went after the women who came forward and accused him,” says Kathleen Sebelius, the former secretary of Health and Human Services and Kansas governor. “And so it doubled down on not only bad behavior but abusive behavior. And then people attacked the victims.”

Sebelius extended her criticism to Hillary Clinton, and the Clinton White House for what she called a strategy of dismissing and besmirching the women who stepped forward—a pattern she said is being repeated today by alleged perpetrators of sexual assault—saying that the criticism of the former first lady and Secretary of State was “absolutely” fair. Sebelius noted that the Clinton Administration’s response was being imitated, adding that “you can watch that same pattern repeat, It needs to end. It needs to be over.”

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