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Dean Obeidallah calls out ‘double standard’ on the way Republicans treat Trump and Roy Moore vs. Franken

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During a discussion about the multiple cases of sexual misconduct from elected officials, CNN panelists could do nothing but shake their head at the Republican hypocrisy on sexual harassment accusers.

“We are living in a strange upside down world where the president of the United States has audacity to send a tweet out like this when he has his own demons in this area,” Republican commentator Tara Setmayer told host Don Lemon. “It is unbelievable. Does he think that none of us remember the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape where he talks about how he just kisses women and that women will let him get away with it because he is a celebrity? It is hard to stomach. I can only assume that the professional staff in the white house is cringing at this because this is the last thing they needed to do.”

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She went on to say that Trump would have been better off saying nothing than weighing in. However, she said she would have hoped the president of the United States could come out against all who comment sexual misconduct.

“This is what happens when you elect a morally bankrupt person who has no ground to stand on when it comes to issues like this because he has been accused of it himself,” she said of Trump.

Conservative talk-radio host John Phillips harshly criticized those who come after women.

“All of us collectively have to say that we will not put up with this anymore,” he told his fellow panelists. However, he refused to aqueous that Trump was accused of rape but was quick to point to former President Bill Clinton’s rape accuser and blame Hillary Clinton for covering.

Writer and reporter Lauren Duca noted that it was different seeing someone like Franken take responsibility for his actions and call for his own ethics investigation.

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“I think any elected official accused of sexual misconduct of any kind should be put through full and complete ethics investigation including the president,” she said. “I hope this conversation is reframing what we are willing to accept from any halfway decent HR department. The American citizens deserve an ethics investigation into the president.”

“What are we willing to accept? What are our norms and standards? What kind of behavior is okay?” Duca went on to ask. “In fact, I don’t think what Al Franken did is acceptable from any elected official. It doesn’t matter that I happen to align with him politically. I love that Mitch McConnell is calling for ethics investigation.”

Lemon pointed out the differences in the Republicans talking about Moore and the Democrats denouncing Franken. He argued that with Moore they were saying phrases like “if the allegations are true,” while Democrats just assumed the forced kiss was true and denounced it.

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“We see this double standard,” comedian and SiriusXM host Dean Obeidallah commented. “Cultural norms are changing which is really important. The idea now is women should be able to come forward and know we are going to believe them and stand with them and we are going to push back against those who demonize these women and get called liars by other networks who do that. The double standard is purely partisanship.”

Watch the full exchange below:

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Watergate’s John Dean thinks Trump wrote part of his legal team’s brief — because it’s so terrible

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Former White House counsel for Richard Nixon, John Dean, explained that the legal brief out of President Donald Trump's White House was so bad that it had to have been dictated by Trump himself.

Saturday evening, Trump's legal team, chaired by Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow and White House counsel Pat Cipollone, filed their own form of a legal brief that responded to the case filed by Democrats ahead of Tuesday's impeachment trial.

The document called the proceedings “constitutionally invalid” and claims House Democrats are staging a “dangerous attack” with a “brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election and interfere with the 2020 election.”

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WATCH: Prince Harry explains why he and Meghan are leaving the royal family — but promises ‘a life of service’

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Prince Harry posted a video from an HIV/AIDS fundraiser his mother once supported, where he explained his methodology for leaving his profile role as a royal.

"I will continue to be the same man who holds his country dear," said Harry.

He went on to say that he doesn't intend to walk away and he certainly won't walk away from his causes and interests. "We intend to live a life of service."

In the speech, he thanked those who took him under their wing in the absence of his mother

"I hope you can understand that it's what it had come to," he said for why their family intends to step back.

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‘You cannot expect anything but fascism’: Pedagogy theorist on how Trump ‘legitimated a culture of lying, cruelty and a collapse of social responsibility’

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The impeachment of Donald Trump appears to be a crisis without a history, at least a history that illuminates, not just comparisons with other presidential impeachments, but a history that provides historical lessons regarding its relationship to a previous age of tyranny that ushered in horrors associated with a fascist politics in the 1930s.  In the age of Trump, history is now used to divert and elude the most serious questions to be raised about the impeachment crisis. The legacy of earlier presidential impeachments, which include Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, provide a comparative historical context for analysis and criticism. And while Trump’s impeachment is often defined as a more serious constitutional crisis given his attempt to use the power of the presidency to advance his personal political agenda, it is a crisis that willfully ignores the conditions that gave rise to Trump’s presidency along with its recurring pattern of authoritarian behavior, policies, and practices.  One result is that the impeachment process with its abundance of political theater and insipid media coverage treats Trump’s crimes as the endpoint of an abuse of power and an illegal act, rather than as a political action that is symptomatic of a long legacy of conditions that have led to the United States’ slide into the abyss of authoritarianism.

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