Monday on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” writer E. Jean Carroll, who has accused President Donald Trump of rape, had a curious exchange with host Anderson Cooper about her status as a “victim” and the definition of rape.
On Thursday’s broadcast of CNN’s “OutFront,” Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) stated that people “would be justified in feeling that there has been some miscarriage of justice” in Paul Manafort’s sentence of 47 months. Blumenthal said, “[T]he American people would be justified in feeling that there has been some miscarriage of justice here in the leniency of this sentence. Remember, those sentencing guidelines apply to all defendants, and the judge really needs a good reason to go below them. The recommendation of 19 to 25 years is an assessment of the severity of these crimes, and what Paul Manafort did was essentially, potentially threaten our very democracy, the principles of our democracy. That’s the reason that he is in that courtroom. That’s the reason that he’s been convicted of these very serious crimes, tax fraud and bank fraud and money laundering, which involved Ukrainian money used to impact the democracy.” (h/t Mediaite) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
On Friday, Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) reacted to a report from the federal government on climate change and called on the United States to address the matter, saying, “we must make it urgent.”
Friday on MSNBC’s “All In,” actress Jane Fonda declared that people were “woke” and motivated to vote in the midterm elections. Fonda said, “People seemed energized. People are woke. Every woman I know is asking me where do we go, how do we get out the vote, how do we canvas. I don’t know anybody that’s not involved.” She continued, “One of the things we know is economics is at the root, health care, and economics. People are having to work, I don’t care about what the paper say about wages, people are having to work two and three jobs and are still below the poverty line, and most of them are women, and most of those woman are woman of color. It’s just unconscionable. A lot of the millennials are going to the polls because they know if they don’t, they’re going to be having to live with the consequences longer that we will.” She added, “I remember right after the 2016 election, I felt like I had been run over by a truck. We had to go to Atlanta and speak to 1600 women. It was hard.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN