MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow dug up never-before-aired footage of Anita Hill reflecting upon her experience testifying about alleged sexual harassment at the confirmation hearings for Clarance Thomas.
Maddow came across a transcript of the unaired footage, and shared it with her viewers to conceptualize what is facing Dr. Christine Ford when she testifies against Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Monday.
“The most difficult part, my parents were in — my mother turned 80 on the day of the vote to confirm Clarence Thomas, and I believed the difficult part was to watch my parents, who were elderly people, who had lived good lives and raised their children and to be honest and truthful and hardworking and all of the things that we want parents to do for their children,” Hill recounted.
“To watch them go through it, the sense that they felt that they couldn’t protect me from it, and I think it was really hard on them,” she continued.
“It undermined their confidence in whether or not the government truly represented them and for an African-American family, those kinds of questions have existed,” Hill reminded.
“And to have it personalized, I think was really difficult, but I have to say they were so strong and so wonderful and so supportive, and they never wavered,” she noted.
“But it was still hard for me to watch them go through that and to know that I couldn’t protect from the feelings that they had,” Hill concluded.
Maddow — after a warning for parents of young children to consider pushing the “mute” button — played video of Hill introducing her family before questioning. Hill was then pressed to testify on the content of pornographic films and the views Thomas held on the size of adult film star Long Dong Silver.
Trump’s decision to block coronavirus aid to hard-hit states will cost 4 million jobs: analysis
Negotiations over the next phase of coronavirus relief have stalled as Trump attempts to circumvent Congress with unworkable and legally dubious executive orders that fall far short of the aid that would be included in any Congressional proposal. Though House Democrats already approved a $3 trillion relief bill including an extension on federal unemployment benefits and $1 trillion in aid to states and cities whose tax revenues evaporated amid coronavirus lockdowns, Trump and Senate Republicans have balked at both provisions.
GOP’s use of Kanye West to help Trump has been a spectacular flop: CNN host
On CNN Saturday, Michael Smerconish examined rapper Kanye West's presidential campaign — and how the GOP efforts to boost it to siphon voters from former Vice President Joe Biden don't appear to be working.
"Is Kanye West serious about running for president or is it all part of a dark twisted fantasy?" said Smerconish. "NPR has documented how several operatives, some with Trump ties, are actively helping the superstar get on general election ballots in various states. Kanye West officially on the ballot in Vermont, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, and has filed recently in Ohio, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Jared Kushner met privately with West in Colorado, where the two par took in a friendly conversation ... the RNC and Trump has denied involvement in West's campaign. but the president isn't exactly discouraging the competition."
Greenland’s ice sheet has melted past the point of no return
Greenland's ice sheet may have shrunk past the point of return, with the ice likely to melt away no matter how quickly the world reduces climate-warming emissions, new research suggests.
Scientists studied data on 234 glaciers across the Arctic territory spanning 34 years through 2018 and found that annual snowfall was no longer enough to replenish glaciers of the snow and ice being lost to summertime melting.
That melting is already causing global seas to rise about a millimeter on average per year. If all of Greenland's ice goes, the water released would push sea levels up by an average of 6 meters -- enough to swamp many coastal cities around the world. This process, however, would take decades.