Yo y'all are on some shit today. The bottom line is it was a consensual affair. Two adults having an affair. Fuck his position. She pursued a relationship with him. She knew what she was doing. Lewinsky has said so herself. He wasn't the first and he damn sure wasn't the last.
The only difference here is that there were people like the GOP, Ken Starr, Brett Kavanaugh willing to destroy a man, Bill Clinton, for getting his DJ Khaled on. Bottom line is the real victims in this were Hillary & Chelsea Clinton. Revisionist history won't change the facts.
And again why we are focused on a more than twenty year old blow job is beyond me. This isn't #MeToo. Lewinsky wasn't forced into anything. She wasn't violated. She wasn't raped or assaulted. She willfully chose to screw a married man & our decisions have consequences.
This article and your tweet are unfair and untrue characterizations. My family purchased our home through NACA. I also have several friends who purchased their homes through NACA. NACA does not give sub-prime mortgages. In fact, these are conventional mortgages.
What this article & your tweet, @TheRynheart fails to explain is that there is a rigorous process in place for people to be able to qualify for and obtain a mortgage. It took us over a year to go through this process. You have to demonstrate your creditworthiness.
With NACA, you have to show you have paid rent on time for a year, that you have at least three lines of credit paid on time for a year, that you have had a steady job and income for a year, account for your expenses and budget, maintain a positive balance in your bank accounts.
I was born in 1978. Grew up in the 80s/90s. This is the lesson my father taught us as kids too. Don't ever vote for Republicans. If it were up to them none of us would have the rights we now have. Republicans don't care about us. They only care about the wealthy, money, & power.
It's been crazy to watch things my father taught us as kids play out over the years. His lessons on politics, civics, government, our civic responsibilities, the Repub Party, all of it being proven right. I make sure to teach my son those lessons plus ones I learned as an adult.
I still remember my father coming home from work and if he had to vote for anything at all he would collect us 6 kids and bring us with him to the school to vote. He always said it was important to vote in every election & that his vote was not for him but for us & the future.
We have been focused on the Koch Brothers and the Mercers being a threat to our democracy but we have been ignoring the real threat which is the Bush Dynasty. Look at the Supreme Court. At least 4 of those justices, now including Kavanaugh have a connection to a Bush.
George W Bush, the guy who people cheered for giving candy to Michelle Obama was heavily involved in some way with Kavanaugh and he has been giving money to help Repubs keep control of the House. Just pay attention to what has been going on & wake up to the Bush Dynasty threat.
Remember that a Presidency only last 4 years, 8 if they are re-elected but their legacy can live on for decades based on their judicial appointments or the appointments of judicial nominees who were attached to them at some point.
The NYT has been kissing Donald Trump's ass since 1976, before I was born. They and the NYC publications all played a role in his rise as a "star" and eventually to the WH. They're still kissing his ass Eve today with folk like Maggie Haberman, Mike Schmidt & Peter Baker.
The NYT fucking expose on the shit Donald Trump and Fred Trump were doing is not a fucking bombshell. Us NYers have known about Trump for decades. Why do people think we shunned him for years? Why do folk think he was hated by NYers? Why didn't people pay attention to us?
This shit about the Trumps has been out there all of this time. We all knew the Trumps were dirty. What we didn't know was the minute details. Where the hell was the NYT during the election? Oh I forgot, BUT HER FUCKING EMAILS. Aargh I am so angry over this.
This is an important thread & I want to piggyback off it & go a bit further.
I"ve long said things in this country won't change with our generation, including the Millennials. It's why I was invigorated when I saw how Generation Now is. That includes my son & the Parkland kids.
There is something about that generation that is different from all of us. Raising my son, I get to see it every day. These kids have a wisdom from young that we didn't have. Their thirst for knowledge, their activism, their openness, everything. I can't explain it any other way.
Generation Now and Generation Alpha (Kids born after 2013) will be the parents to the children who will get to grow up in a country where Whites will no longer be in the majority. 2045 is when that is slated to happen. That will be when we start seeing the changes we have wanted.
Another tell from yesterday. Every time Kavanaugh was asked about Judge, he said Judge was sick, he's a recovering alcoholic, he has been through a lot, Kavanaugh feels sorry for him. You only do that for one reason: To discredit someone. Another sign of Kavanaugh's guilt.
Another tell: Kavanaugh did the same with the roommate who said he was a sloppy drunk. He kept saying his roommate had a problem with the other roommate. Again: To discredit his roommate. Kavanaugh knows he is guilty.
Another tell: Brett Kavanaugh would not say that he was not the "Bart O'Kavanaugh" in Mark Judge's book.
The GOP did not want Mark Judge subpoenaed because they know.
I've been trying to process what I saw yesterday. I never feel ok until I analyze things and try to come up with a conclusion or solution not based on emotion. No matter how bad it is, I analyze it. So these are my takeaways from yesterday.
Rachel Mitchell: I think she knew Dr Blasey Ford was telling the truth. What was seared into her mind was Dr. Ford repeating the names of the people at the gathering, she'll never forget their laughter, & she just needed to know when Judge worked so she could figure out the date.
I think it was planned that she would only do some of the questioning for Repubs. If Rachel Mitchell doubted that Kavanaugh was guilty, that disappeared after watching his opening statement. She prosecutes sexual assault cases. She knows the signs. She knows when they are guilty.
A couple of years after he raped me, I agreed to meet with my then boyfriend at a public place because he said we had unresolved issues. I said yes because I finally would get my chance to confront him. I told him about what he did to me & I kept repeating about the knife.
He screamed at me, denied it, & reacted just like Kavanaugh is doing today. And I kept repeating it and telling him he should just admit it. I told him that my life had spiraled out of control because of it, it played a role in my suicide attempt, & the damage it did to me.
When I told him all of that he finally admitted it and apologized to me. He apologized for the damage it did to me. He told me he no longer drank. Acknowledging it matters. Yet, all these years later, I'm still haunted by that knife.
How many of us are living through this. Retraumatized. Damn the GOP for doing this to us. Damn the GOP for doing those to Dr. Blasey Ford.
I was a teenager during Anita Hill. I didn't fully understand. I knew something was wrong with what I was watching. My father told me something was wrong. 27 years later, as a 40 year old & a rape survivor watching this, I am disgusted. The GOP must never be in power again.
We must take our voting responsibility seriously. We must. The treatment of women will never change if we don't keep the GOP out of power. Nothing in this country changes if we don't vote. Nothing.
If people haven't figured out where the pro-Kavanaugh and in defense of Kavanaugh tweets & articles are coming from, it is the NYT. Specifically it is Maggie Haberman, Mike Schmidt, and Peter Baker. The Trump Whisperers are basically working for the WH & advancing their cause.
These same 3 Trump Whisperers, @MaggieNYT, @NYTMike, @PeterBakerNYT along with @AdamGoldmanNYT are always advancing the Trump WH & the Trump Admin's causes. They did so most recently with the sham Rosenstein article. Don't believe the fake Trump & NYT beef. It is all a cover.
The good thing is others are sounding this same alarm about the Trump Whisperers, @MaggieNYT, @PeterBakerNYT, @NYTMike, & @AdamGoldmanNYT. What they are doing is not journalism. It borders on trafficking in propaganda and disinformation. Stay critical of their articles & tweets.
If it is pouring rain and your wipers are on, turn on your damn headlights. You put others at risk especially when there is low visibility and people can barely see your car. #FlickThatWrist
If you're driving at night or in conditions that require lights, especially if in areas with no streetlights, and one or both of your headlights and or taillights don't work, take your car to get those lights fixed. You put others at risk with your broken ass lights.
If you're driving at night, especially on curvy mountain roads with no streetlights and you see someone coming in your direction, turn off your damn high beam lights and then turn them back on after the car goes by. Your high beams blind people & put them at risk.
Here is what happened and Idk why no one caught this. But let me clue y'all in cause I pay attention. When Comey got fired, the person getting all those damaging Comey scoops was Mike Schmidt. That was May & June 2017. Then in July last year it suddenly changed
Here is when it changed. The July 19, 2017 interview. This was Mike Schmidt's & Peter Baker's first time ever interviewing Trump. It wasn't Maggie Haberman's. She included them on her interview. Since then they've been doing what she does: Carrying water. nytimes.com/2017/07/19/us/…
I've been calling the same people out for months and saying to not trust them & be skeptical of their articles. They are all Trump Whisperers: Haberman, Schmidt, Peter Baker, Jonathan Swan, Robert Costa, others.
Rob Porter. We didn't know about his domestic abuse allegations until it was leaked. This had turned up on his FBI report which was sent to the White House. The White House decides what to do from there. The public may never be aware of what comes up in the report.
Apply Rob Porter to now and ask yourself if this could be the reason why the Trump WH & the GOP is not willing to do the FBI investigation. Maybe this already turned up on Kavanaugh's FBI background check & we just don't know it. It would make everything we have seen make sense.
When you think of it, all the references to Kavanaugh's coaching & mentoring & marching his team into the hearings now make sense. When you think of it. Kavanaugh being in a war room type scenario answering all kinds of questions to prepare for a hearing makes sense.
I remember the abuse I took after reporting my rape to the authorities. I remember trying to avoid the people who raped me but if they happened to see me how they would scream at me in the street, call me whore & bitch, said I deserved it. I remember our house being robbed.
I remember being afraid of going out of my house for fear that I would run into them. Years later when I go visit my parents, I still look to see if they're nearby.
It is ludicrous for people to think people like Dr. Blasey-Ford would lie & subject themselves to such abuse.
Dr. Blasey-Ford is receiving death threats & is in hiding with her family. She's in danger of having her life completely turned upside down all because she had the nerve to say what happened to her.
And then people wonder why victims take so long or never report sexual assault.
I was 23. One of the few people who I told about my rape told me to have the courage to go to the police & report it even if it had been a few days. They knew about my first time being raped a few years before & how I stayed silent. I found the courage to go to my local precinct.
I was crying as I told them what happened. They asked me if I wanted to press charges. I said I was scared because we lived in the same neighborhood. I knew what people would say because of my reputation. I told them that the people would judge me & wouldn't believe me.
I was crying because of my reputation & explained that my first rape at knifepoint at the hands of my first boyfriend is why I became promiscuous to take away the pain he caused me. I kept telling them no one would believe we were supposed to only hang out to drink & smoke.
I just want people to look at some replies to some tweets on #ChristineBlaseyFord. As a matter of fact click on the hashtag. Just see some of the shameful, despicable things being tweeted about her. THIS IS WHY MANY WOMEN DON'T WANT TO COME FORWARD AND REVEAL THEIR STORIES.
People like Kavanaugh, who commit these acts go on to lead their lives, to become highly respected in society while their victims live with their trauma. There is no pushing it off & denying it for the victims. That memory stays with them, they relive it, & deal with triggers.
In the meantime, people like Kavanaugh get to deny the existence of their acts, their privilege allows them to skate through, and shameful people both men & women stand by them and enable them to continue skating. This is what society does to victims & why they stay silent.
Before I leave Twitter alone, I have one more thing to say. Those of you who have spent the last few months attacking Kirsten Gillibrand should be ashamed of yourselves. If Al Franken had still been in the Senate, Dems wouldn't have the moral ground that they are standing on now.
Dems would be no better than the Repubs if they let Al Frankem stay. I don't care about the severity of what he was accused of. He was right to resign. I don't know where this is going to end up with #ChristineBlaseyFord but Dems can press forward without appearing hypocritical.
That matters. Dems actions when it came to Al Franken matters. Imagine him being on the Judiciary Committee right now with this coming out. Just imagine. And that's all I have to say.
I've been seeing takes claiming @CynthiaNixon, who still hasn't publicly thrown her support behind Cuomo but I digress, ran a campaign addressing needs of Blacks & POC. I guess they wanted Blacks & POC to "show gratitude" by voting for her & them not doing so is "ungrateful".
Here's what's wrong with people like @CynthiaNixon. Black folk & POC are not stupid. We know if people are suddenly addressing things to pander to us & because they need our votes. We spot bullshit from a mile away. Cynthia Nixon has never done anything for us. We know this.
What happened to @CynthiaNixon is also a warning to Bernie Sanders if he decides to run in 2020. Black folk & POC know he's been absent with the exception of his 1 rally & his 1 questionable arrest. He has no history of doing for us. His voting record also speaks volumes.
L Joy Williams is right now doing a thread on how she is team Cynthia Nixon and how Cynthia Nixon has moved Cuomo progressive. What are these people smoking. I've excused some of L. Joy's off base tweets in the past but I am sorry. I am done. Time to unfollow.
Look at the psychosis in this tweet. They don't believe in polls. They see what us happening on the ground.
Cuomo has been campaigning dirty. Give me a break. Cynthia Nixon has been the one running a dirty, nasty Bernie Sanders style campaign from jump. How Sanders delusional must they be to think they are close. No poll has ever placed her within 20 points of him.