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GOP lawmaker stuns colleagues with bizarre speech about ‘consensual rape’ on Missouri House floor

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A Republican Missouri state lawmaker on Friday stunned many of his colleagues when he made a reference to “consensual rape” on the floor of the state’s House of Representatives.

During a debate over an anti-abortion law that was passed by the Missouri House of Representatives on Friday, GOP Rep. Barry Hovis, a former law enforcement official, argued that opponents of the bill were overestimating how often women in the United States were really raped.

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“Let’s just say that someone goes out and, uh, they have, they’re raped or they’re sexually assaulted one night after a college party,” he began. “Because most of my rapes [encountered as a law enforcement official] were not the gentleman jumping out the bushes that nobody’d ever met. That was one of two times out of 100. Most of them were date rapes or consensual rapes, which were all terrible!”

According to Kansas City Star reporter Crystal Thomas, this statement drew shocked responses from people inside the chamber.

Thomas followed up with Hovis after his speech and he said that he misspoke and claimed he meant to say that law-enforcement officials always have to determine whether a sexual assault claim is “consensual or rape.” He then said he knew there was “no such thing as consensual rape.”

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward was taken to task for failing to warn Americans that Donald Trump's public statements on coronavirus were the exact opposite of what he actually believed.

Axios reporter Jonathan Swan interviewed Woodwood on "Axios on HBO" for an episode that aired on Monday.

Swan noted Woodward recorded Trump admitting that COVID was dangerous on March 19th, but instead of immediately warning America by publishing the bombshell, he saved it for his book Rage -- which was published on September 15th.

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Trump biographer: President is a ‘serial, massive, calculated, tax cheater’

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Mick Mulvaney predicts 2 presidential debates will be canceled: ‘It’ll be the only one’

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President Donald Trump's former chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, seemed to indicate that his former boss might dodge additional presidential debates if he bombs in the first debate as he did in 2016.

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When Perry asked about Trump's conspiracy theory that former Vice President Joe Biden is on debate performance-enhancing drugs, Mulvaney chuckled and said he thinks it "would be a lot of fun."

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