Thursday, October 20, 2016

News shorts + Madeleine and me

“I have to tell you, my seven-year-old granddaughter said to my daughter, her mother, 'So what's the big deal about Grandma Maddy having been Secretary of State? Only girls are Secretaries of State.' Most of her lifetime, it's true. But at the time it really was a big deal.” — Madeleine Albright, former United State Secretary of State

I NEVER imagined I would have the opportunity to sit eight feet away from Madeleine Albright, shake her hand and get my picture taken with her. I'll be honest, I was a complete fan-girl in the process. 

Madeleine is genuinely one of my heroes and has been since her days as Secretary of State. She spoke in Ames earlier this afternoon and then came to the Democratic field office in Ankeny about a mile from our house. How could I miss that?!

The headline on a story today by Nate Silver on his FiveThirtyEight website . . . he's the founder of the remarkably accurate polling engine by the same name . . . reads: Clinton Probably Finished Off Trump Last Night. He's referring of course to last night's third and final debate between Donny Trump and Hillary Clinton

While Hillary was pillorying Don, Paul was playing his usual Wednesday night gig at Noce. There's a front room where the band plays and a back room that can be used simultaneously for other events, and last night there was a debate-watch party in the back for 30 or 40 people. When the debate wrapped up, most of them filtered in to listen to the band. Paul overheard one woman say, "Yup, Hillary ripped his dick off and then slapped him around with it."

Last but not least, another woman — the tenth — has come forward with assertions of being accosted by Don. To those who discount these (multiple) women's accounts by accusing them of making things up in order to garner, as Trump called it, "their 15 minutes of fame," I can only say that clearly they've never had anything like that happen to them. 

I have. And if they had, they'd know how debasing it is and how mute it makes you feel because you can't 'prove' what happened. That was even more true 18 . . . or 20 . . . or 30 years ago. We kept our humiliations to ourselves because no one was going to believe us anyway or think that it mattered. But we don't forget, and eventually we get mad enough and brave enough to start talking.

Karena Virginia Becomes 10th Woman to Accuse Trump of Sexual Misconduct

By Elizabeth Chuck at NBC News

October 20, 2016

A yoga instructor and lifestyle coach came forward Thursday with claims that Donald Trump had inappropriate sexual contact with her, becoming at least the 10th woman to make such allegations against the GOP nominee.

Flanked by women's rights attorney Gloria Allred, a Hillary Clinton supporter who has represented other women with sexual misconduct claims against Trump, Karena Virginia shared her story, tears streaming down her cheeks.

She said she first encountered Donald Trump in 1998, as she was waiting for a car service to pick her up after the U.S. Open tennis tournament in Queens, New York.

"I knew who he was, but I had never met him. He was with a few other men," she said at a press conference in New York Thursday. "I was quite surprised when I overheard him talking to the other men about me. He said, 'Hey, look at this one, we haven't seen her before. Look at those legs.' As though I was an object, rather than a person."

"He then walked up to me and reached his right arm and grabbed my right arm, then his hand touched the right inside of my breast. I was in shock. I flinched," she continued.

Trump then asked her, "Don't you know who I am? Don't you know who I am?" she said.

After she got into her car, the "shock turned to shame," Virginia said. She said that for years she felt she was to blame for the incident because she was wearing a short dress and high heels at the time.

"I have been fearful of bringing unwanted attention to my loving family and me," Virginia said. "But in the end, I feel that it is my duty as a woman, as a mother, a human being and as an American citizen to speak out and tell the truth."

Virginia is "not considering a lawsuit at this time," Allred said, but wanted to speak out in response to Trump's "ludicrous" denial of the allegations against him. Allred served as an elected delegate during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia for Clinton in July.

"About five years ago, I saw Mr. Trump once again. This time, we were at a business setting and there were many people around. He looked me up and down a few times. This time, mixed in with the feelings of shame, I felt disgust," she said.

Her claim is the latest in a string from accusers against Trump. Trump has fervently denied the accusations, in some cases going so far as to joke that the women accusing him aren't attractive enough for his taste.

Many Republicans have distanced themselves from the candidate amid the allegations, particularly following the unearthing of a 2005 tape in which Trump used lewd language to describe grabbing women.

Virginia said many people had advised her not to come forward, fearing she would be attacked by the Republican nominee. But she said Trump revealed "his true character in his own words" on the tape.

"I now understand that I was not to blame. Mr. Trump, perhaps you do not remember me or what you did to me so many years ago, but I can assure you that I remember you and what you did to me as though it was yesterday," she said. "Your random moment of sexual pleasure came at my expense and affected me greatly." 

1 comment:

  1. It is starting to unfold the way it did with Cosby. More and more mistreated women will come forward and state their experiences. Not for their 15 minutes of fame, but to help the American people realize just who he really is. But like the people he robbed, it may be too late for the stories to be believed by those who think he's so great :(