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Women’s groups unload on Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway’s offensive rape remarks

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A recently unearthed clip of Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway saying that rape would never occur if only women were as strong as men has women’s rights groups fuming.

The Independent talked with several women’s rights leaders who issued scathing indictments of Conway’s assertion during a 2013 debate on PBS that if women “were physiologically as strong as men, rape would not exist” because “you would be able to defend yourself and fight him off.”

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“Implying that assaults would not occur if women were stronger is not only wrong, but also reflects outdated attitudes blaming victims for their assaults,” says Human Rights Watch Senior Counsel Sara Darehshori.

Kristen Houser, the chief public affairs officer at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, notes that rape isn’t just about physical strength, but also about the power that abusive people have over others.

“The experience of attempted rape is as equally traumatising [as rape],” she tells the Independent. “It has to do with the way our body processes sensory information and the chemicals that our brain emits, so when we hear survivors say they can’t move their arms or they can’t find their voice to scream, that is a very real response.”

And Lee Paiva, president of sexual assault prevention organization No Means No Worldwide, explains that many women are just so terrified when someone sexually assaults them that fighting back just isn’t seen as an option.

“I was attacked when I was 15,” she says. “I didn’t yell, even though I was in a house of 10 [people]. There is this perception that if you fight back, you will make him angrier, and he will kill you.”

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‘Where the hell is John Bolton?’: CNN’s Toobin rips ex-Trump adviser for cashing in while aide Hill testifies before Congress

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A CNN panel discussion on the anticipated testimony by a former top aide to John Bolton -- who served as President Donald Trump's national security advisor before the two had a falling out -- turned into an attack on Bolton by legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin for standing by and saying nothing as the impeachment inquiry unfolds.

At the mention of Bolton's name, in reference to the testimony expected from Fiona Hill on Thursday, Toobin blurted, "Where the hell is John Bolton?"

"Why is he not testifying?" Toobin asked the CNN panel. "Why doesn't he walk in there and testify? She [Hill] has an interesting line in her testimony where she says, I believe that those who have information that Congress deems relevant have a legal and moral obligation to provide it."

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George Conway goes after ‘delusional demagogue’ Trump for calling impeachment investigators ‘human scum’

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On Thursday, President Donald Trump once again lashed out at the House Democrats overseeing the impeachment investigation, tweeting that they are "human scum" who have "taken Due Process and all of the Republican Party’s rights away from us" — even though Republicans have gotten equal question time and were allowed to appoint their own counsel and call their own witnesses.

Conservative lawyer George Conway promptly fired back, excoriating the president for his behavior:

Here is the president of the United States, demonstrating once again that he is a pathological liar, a delusional demagogue, a narcissistic sociopath, a malignant narcissist, and utterly unfit for office. https://t.co/hGzz9JTDGA

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Trump yells at Navy for punishing SEAL accused by his fellow soldiers of war crimes

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President Donald Trump on Thursday yelled at U.S. Navy brass after reports emerged that they may strip Special Operations Chief Eddie Gallagher of his status as a Navy SEAL.

"The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher’s Trident Pin," the president wrote on Twitter. "This case was handled very badly from the beginning. Get back to business!"

The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher’s Trident Pin. This case was handled very badly from the beginning. Get back to business!

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