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CNN’s Don Lemon slams Scottie Nell Hughes: ‘That is insulting as a survivor of sexual abuse’

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In a discussion between CNN pundits Scottie Nell Hughes and Margaret Hoover, host Don Lemon discussed the reasons that many women don’t come out about sexual assault or sexual harassment.

Lemon interviewed Linda Ross, a friend of Jessica Leeds, who alleged Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump groped her on an airplane many years ago. Leeds told CNN’s Anderson Cooper Thursday evening that she didn’t come forward because it wasn’t something that women did back then and that Trump was too powerful. Ross confirmed Leeds’ story and said that she urged Leeds to come forward as the two watched the debates together and Trump denied ever groping a woman.

The Trump campaign continues to deny any of these allegations are accurate.

Hoover and Hughes duked it out over opposition research and talked about candidates knowing what might come up about themselves. However, Lemon asked Hughes if her urgency to “find the facts” and “innocent before proven guilty” would still be valid in the case of Bill Cosby’s accusers.

Hughes insisted that there was real proof in those cases and that Cosby didn’t come out right before his election for the presidency.

“The difference in Bill Cosby and Donald Trump is there’s actual evidence that that happened with those women and it was not in a time period just 26 days before an election against somebody else,” she said. “That’s what make this is very questionable and there are holes in some of these women’s arguments but the whole point, Don, we’ve spent all day, we spent this entire show on what really is the main issues we need to be focusing on.”

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That’s when Lemon dropped an emotionally intimate bombshell that Hughes never could have seen coming. “That is insulting as someone who is a survivor of sexual abuse, and a product of a single mother, a product of sisters and aunts who looked after me,” Lemon said. “I would say this is a very important issue in American.”

Watch the exchange below:

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Elections 2016

Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans

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The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.

In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.

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Elections 2016

Conservative Ben Shapiro tweeted something many found offensive — so now he’s calling his critics ‘garbage’

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Right wing "thought leader" Ben Shapiro appeared today to say not using the "N" word is nearly impossible as he defended conservative, pro-gun teen Kyle Kashuv, one of the Parkland survivors who just had his acceptance to Harvard rescinded over his racist remarks, which included repeated use of the "N" word.

To be clear, Shapiro denies that's what he meant.

Here is Shapiro on Twitter, in what many took as him appearing to call not using the "N" word – in Kashuv's case, repeatedly, over and over and over again, "an insane, cruel standard no one can possibly meet."

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2020 Election

Obsessed Trump: ‘Only fake polls show us behind’ Democrats. Fox News: 5 Dems would beat him

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President Donald Trump is obsessed with polls – but not facts – and increasingly so. He just fired his internal pollsters after leaked internal poll numbers show devastating lossesfor Trump in key battleground states.

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