Courtesy of Yahoo News:
During her final speech on the House floor Thursday, Rep. Katie Hill apologized for actions that led to her resignation while also boasting that her last vote as a member of Congress was in favor of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
“I wanted to show young people, queer people, working people, imperfect people that they belong here, because this is the people’s house. I fell short of that and I’m sorry. To every young person who saw themselves and their dreams reflected in me, I’m sorry. To those who felt like I gave them hope in one of the darkest times in our nation’s history, I’m sorry. To my family, my friends, my staff, my colleagues, my mentors, to everyone who’s supported and believed in me, I’m sorry.”
She continued: “And to every little girl who looked up to me, I hope that one day you can forgive me.”
“I’m leaving because there is only one investigation that deserves this country’s attention,” Hill said, referring to the impeachment inquiry that the House voted hours earlier to formalize.
“The forces of revenge by a bitter, jealous man, cyber-exploitation, and sexual shaming that target our gender and a large segment of society that fears and hates powerful women have combined to push a young woman out of power and say that she doesn’t belong here,” Hill said. “Yet a man who brags about his sexual predation, who’s had dozens of women come forward to accuse him of sexual assault, who pushes policies that are uniquely harmful to women and who has filled the courts with judges who proudly rule to deprive women of the most fundamental right to control their own bodies, sits in the highest office in the land.
“And so today, as my last vote, I voted on impeachment proceedings, not just because of corruption, obstruction of justice or gross misconduct, but because of the deepest abuse of power, including the abuse of power over women.”
“I’m leaving now because of a double standard,” she said in her speech. “I’m leaving now because I no longer want to be used as a bargaining chip. I’m leaving because I didn’t want to be peddled by papers and blogs and websites used by shameless operatives for the dirtiest gutter politics that I’ve ever seen, and the right-wing media to drive clicks and expand their audience by distributing intimate photos of me taken without my knowledge, let alone my consent, for the sexual entertainment of millions.”
She added: “I’m leaving, but we have men who have been credibly accused of intentional acts of sexual violence and remain in boardrooms, on the Supreme Court, in this very body and, worst of all, in the Oval Office.”
That was a pretty powerful speech which makes me wish that she could stay in office.
And she is not wrong that for decades men have been getting away with much worse than what she is accused of, and everybody just looked the other way.
However she is also living during the time of the #MeToo movement and if that does not pertain to women as well as men then it has no value.
I think the part about this that really troubles me is the revenge porn aspect.
Really the only reasoon that Hill’s story received such breathless coverage was that there were nude photos of her posted on certain sites.
That is without a doubt a double standard since it is highly unlikely that nude pictures of Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, or Lindsey Graham would be likely to drive much traffic.
Now women all over the country have to reconsider whether to send their boyfriend, or girlfriend, a saucy selfie for fear that it might one day destroy their career or subject them to ridicule on the internet.