This Week in Women: San Juan's Mayor Claps Back
While it seems that we are no longer surprised by the hour-by-hour, minute-by-minute headlines, this week left us absolutely breathless. Under a barrage of news, we are re-capping the explosive allegations against Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein; the resurgence of “NASTY”; and Rep. Tim Murphy’s fall from grace with Congressional Republicans. A bright spot was seeing our favorite OG Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, return to the bench this week as the U.S. Supreme Court session kicks off.
It’s time for This Week in Women!
GOP Rep. Tim Murphy Expected to Resign After Reported Abortion Request to His Mistress
U.S. Congressman Tim Murphy, a Republican from Pennsylvania, has been at the forefront of pushing anti-abortion legislation and part of the House’s Pro-Life Caucus, voting on Tuesday for the controversial. Also on Tuesday, the same congressman found himself mired in public scandal, as the of his extramarital affair—the publication published text messages from Murphy’s mistress Shannon Edwards, a forensic psychologist, from back in January.
“And you have zero issue posting your pro-life stance all over the place when you had no issue asking me to abort our unborn child just last week when we thought that was one of the options,” Edwards’ text message read.
“I get what you say about my March for life messages. I’ve never written them. Staff does them. I read them and winced. I told staff don’t write any more. I will,” he responded to Edwards via text message.
Murphy had originally stated he would not seek re-election in 2018; however, since the scandal broke has decided to resign effective October 21. We cannot overstate how ridiculously hypocritical and callous the congressman’s actions are towards his public stance against women’s reproductive autonomy. Boy bye!
Mayor of San Juan Sports “NASTY” T-Shirt for TV Interview
Our current president’s antics on the world stage are eyebrow-raising to say the least, and during this week’s trip to visit Puerto Rico he managed to callously offend just about everyone with poorly-timed jokes and the tossing of paper towel rolls to survivors of Hurricane Maria.
He even tweeted out in advance of his visit: “The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump.”
While Trump and Carmen Yulín Cruz were cordial in person during his appearance in Puerto Rico, she wasted no time in responding in a, sporting a black T-shirt with the word “NASTY” in all-caps.
“When someone is bothered by someone claiming lack of drinking water, lack of medicine for the sick and lack of food for the hungry, that person has problems too deep to be explained in an interview,” she said. “What is really nasty is that anyone would turn their back on the Puerto Rican people.”
Explosive Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Harvey Weinstein Bubble to The Surface
Film executive Harvey Weinstein is reportedly lawyering up after multiple stories are expected to be made public, indicating over three decades of complaints around alleged sexual harassment and assault. The New York Times published anon Thursday morning, detailing these instances with quotes from actress Ashley Judd, former employees, aspiring professionals, models, and more.
“I said ‘no’, a lot of ways, a lot of times, and he always came back at me with some new ask,” Judd said in the Times interview. “It was all this bargaining, this coercive bargaining.”
The outrage is just beginning to pick up steam, and we can expect more developments around this story in the coming weeks as more women come forward to make public statements.
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