Category: News Tracking

Nigel Farage Jokes About Trump’s Alleged Sexual Assaults

Peter Walker, The Guardian – November 10, 2016

Nigel Farage has claimed to be “the catalyst” for the rise of Donald Trump, referred to Barack Obama as a “creature”, and joked about Trump’s alleged sexual assaults on women. In a jubilant interview with TalkRadio from Spain, before he was due to fly to the US, Farage joked several times about the idea of the US president-elect sexually assaulting Theresa May when he met her.

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Rudy Giuliani: I Don’t Know if Donald Trump has Committed Sexual Assault

Jeff Stein, Vox – October 9, 2016

Appearing on ABC’s This Week on Sunday morning, top Trump defender Rudy Giuliani conceded that the leaked 2005 audio of Trump captured the Republican nominee talking about sexual assault. “That’s what he was talking about,” Giuliani told George Stephanopoulos. To make matters worse, Giuliani added that he “didn’t know” if his candidate had committed sexual assault in the past.

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A Transgender Woman Just Made History at the Democratic National Convention

P.R. Lockhart, Mother Jones – July 28, 2016

On the final day of the Democratic National Convention, Sarah McBride used her position as the first transgender person to speak at a major-party convention to argue that despite advances in LGBT rights, the fight for equality must continue.

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Gen. Allen: ‘No Question’ Troops will Follow Woman Commander in Chief

Olivier Knox, Yahoo! News – July 28, 2016

Retired four-star Marine Gen. John Allen, who has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, told Yahoo News in a Thursday interview that there is “no question” that American troops will take orders from a woman commander in chief.

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Bill Clinton’s DNC Speech Reframed Himself as a Supporting Player in his Wife’s Life

Todd VanDerWerff, Vox – July 27, 2016

The most remarkable thing about Bill Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention, the thing that made it the speech with the highest degree of difficulty at either convention so far, was who was delivering it. I don’t mean that the man’s performance was especially remarkable. It was not Clinton at his finest. He’s clearly lost a bit of his old game, and we may come to remember his 2012 DNC defense of Barack Obama’s record as his last truly great speech. No, what was remarkable was that this speech was being delivered by Bill Clinton, period.

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Bill Clinton Praises His Wife’s Feminine Side

Patrick Healy, New York Times – July 27, 2016

He spoke of desiring her: her thick blond hair, her flowery white skirt, her magnetic personality. He was almost titillating as he recalled chasing after her and getting close enough to “touch her back.” He used intimate details to reveal her feelings about his three marriage proposals. Never before has a spouse talked about a presidential nominee at a political convention quite like Bill Clinton described Hillary Clinton here on Tuesday night. Then again, a man has never talked about a woman in this context before.

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Bill Clinton Shines as Presidential Gender-bender at Democratic Convention

Chemi Shalev, Haaretz – July 27, 2016

Role reversals and gender stereotypes also featured prominently in Bill Clinton’s keynote address, which somehow managed not be overshadowed by Michelle Obama’s rhetorical masterpiece the night before. Clinton successfully fulfilled the traditional role of candidates’ wives who extol their husband’s virtues before the convention. And he defied skeptics who had expected him to focus mainly on himself or who were doubtful whether he could match his memorable speech at the 2012 convention in which his “explainer in chief” persona made Barack Obama’s economic policies and Affordable Care Act accessible to all, thus reversing the negative vibes that had been plaguing him at that point. In both cases, Clinton outdid expectations.

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Bill Clinton: A Perfectly Imperfect First Gentleman

Kate Andersen Brower, New York Times – July 26, 2016

If Hillary Clinton is elected president, the most important difference between Bill Clinton and the presidential spouses who came before him won’t just be that he is a man, and a former president. It will be something else entirely: his admitted and well-documented flaws. In a letter to Betty Ford, then the first lady, a Texas woman wrote, without a trace of humor, “You are constitutionally required to be perfect.”

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