‘The View’ Co-Host Joy Behar and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Battle Over Al Franken

“The View” co-host Joy Behar and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York got into a war of words Friday over what Behar called the senator’s part in “pushing out” fellow Democratic senator, Al Franken.

Behar admitted at the outset that she had a “bone to pick” with Gillibrand for what she said was unfair treatment of Franken, who stepped down as a U.S. Senator from Minnesota on Jan. 2 after serving since July 2009.

“I know that you led the charge to get Al Franken to resign from the Senate,” Behar began. “I just thought that was unfair to make him an example when the President of United States, has so many allegations of sexual harassment against him and I don’t see him going anywhere.”

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But Gillibrand said she did not regret leading the charge to coerce Franken to resign from the Senate and that she did not accept any allegation that she was creating a false equivalency to more serious cases of sexual misconduct.

“I have a 14-year-old son. I have a 9-year-old son. How am I suppose to tell him it’s OK to grab a woman here. It’s OK to grab a woman here. But not OK to grab a woman here? Absolutely not. I am not going to have that conversation. That is the wrong conversation to be having,” Gillibrand said.

“It’s not OK to grab women without their consent,” Gillibrand continued. “It’s not OK. So why would you want to hold our elected leaders to the lowest standard and not the highest standard?”

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As more and more men find themselves in the crosshairs of #MeToo, a growing number of prominent women on television have begun to publicly question whether the movement has gone too far. In addition to Behar, “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinksi has moderated several segments critical of the movement including one this morning which blasted partisans for not willing to engage in an “honest” conversation.

Watch their full exchange in the video above.

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“The View” co-host Joy Behar and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York got into a war of words Friday over what Behar called the senator’s part in “pushing out” fellow Democratic senator, Al Franken.

Behar admitted at the outset that she had a “bone to pick” with Gillibrand for what she said was unfair treatment of Franken, who stepped down as a U.S. Senator from Minnesota on Jan. 2 after serving since July 2009.

“I know that you led the charge to get Al Franken to resign from the Senate,” Behar began. “I just thought that was unfair to make him an example when the President of United States, has so many allegations of sexual harassment against him and I don’t see him going anywhere.”

But Gillibrand said she did not regret leading the charge to coerce Franken to resign from the Senate and that she did not accept any allegation that she was creating a false equivalency to more serious cases of sexual misconduct.

“I have a 14-year-old son. I have a 9-year-old son. How am I suppose to tell him it’s OK to grab a woman here. It’s OK to grab a woman here. But not OK to grab a woman here? Absolutely not. I am not going to have that conversation. That is the wrong conversation to be having,” Gillibrand said.

“It’s not OK to grab women without their consent,” Gillibrand continued. “It’s not OK. So why would you want to hold our elected leaders to the lowest standard and not the highest standard?”

As more and more men find themselves in the crosshairs of #MeToo, a growing number of prominent women on television have begun to publicly question whether the movement has gone too far. In addition to Behar, “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinksi has moderated several segments critical of the movement including one this morning which blasted partisans for not willing to engage in an “honest” conversation.

Watch their full exchange in the video above.

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Showbiz Democrats: Hope for Midterms, Mindful of the Message

Polling shows signs of a Democratic wave in the 2018 midterms, dozens of Republicans are retiring from Congress and leaving competitive races, and organizing appears to have worked well for the left in Virginia, New Jersey and Alabama. But as much as Hollywood’s Democratic donors and fundraisers say they are hopeful, they do have some […]

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‘Oprah for President’ Billboard Appears on Top of Downtown LA Building

A huge “Oprah for President” billboard has appeared on top of a downtown Los Angeles building in the wake of speculation that the former talk show host Oprah Winfrey will make a run for the White House in 2020.

The sign was seen above Casa Vertigo at 1828 Oak Street off the 10 and 110 freeway interchange.

“CBS This Morning” host (and Oprah BFF) Gayle King on Tuesday said her pal is “intrigued” by the idea of a presidential run in the wake of the rapturous reception to her Golden Globes speech on Sunday — but doesn’t think it will be enough to persuade Winfrey to break her long-standing disinterest in holding elective office.

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“I absolutely don’t think that her position has changed,” King said on “CBS This Morning.” “I was up talking to her late last night. I do think she is intrigued by the idea. I do think that. I also know that after years of watching the ‘Oprah Show,’ you always have the right to change your mind. I don’t think at this point she is actually considering it.”

The breakout star of the 75th Golden Globes has better odds to claim the White House than former Vice President Joe Biden, according to BetOnline, a prominent Internet gambling company.

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The company is currently giving the former daytime television star 20 to 1 odds of becoming the next President of the United States. Those betting on Biden are given 25 to 1 odds. Some other contenders Winfrey topped were Mark Zuckerberg, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand — all of whom were given 25 to 1 odds.

Casa Vertigo, the location of the sign, is an 88,000 sq. ft. building more commonly used for special events such as filming, art shows, photo shoots, runway shows and office space.

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A huge “Oprah for President” billboard has appeared on top of a downtown Los Angeles building in the wake of speculation that the former talk show host Oprah Winfrey will make a run for the White House in 2020.

The sign was seen above Casa Vertigo at 1828 Oak Street off the 10 and 110 freeway interchange.

“CBS This Morning” host (and Oprah BFF) Gayle King on Tuesday said her pal is “intrigued” by the idea of a presidential run in the wake of the rapturous reception to her Golden Globes speech on Sunday — but doesn’t think it will be enough to persuade Winfrey to break her long-standing disinterest in holding elective office.

“I absolutely don’t think that her position has changed,” King said on “CBS This Morning.” “I was up talking to her late last night. I do think she is intrigued by the idea. I do think that. I also know that after years of watching the ‘Oprah Show,’ you always have the right to change your mind. I don’t think at this point she is actually considering it.”

The breakout star of the 75th Golden Globes has better odds to claim the White House than former Vice President Joe Biden, according to BetOnline, a prominent Internet gambling company.

The company is currently giving the former daytime television star 20 to 1 odds of becoming the next President of the United States. Those betting on Biden are given 25 to 1 odds. Some other contenders Winfrey topped were Mark Zuckerberg, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand — all of whom were given 25 to 1 odds.

Casa Vertigo, the location of the sign, is an 88,000 sq. ft. building more commonly used for special events such as filming, art shows, photo shoots, runway shows and office space.

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Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Legislation to Reform Sexual Harassment Investigations in Congress

A bipartisan senate group introduced new legislation to reform the processes by which sexual harassment investigations involving members of Congress are conducted.

The Congressional Harassment Reform Act — backed by 20 senators both Republican and Democrat — would change the reporting process for victims, end the process’s strict secrecy rules and require lawmakers to pay settlements out of their own pocket rather than taxpayer money.

The bill was supported by U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John Cornyn (R-TX), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Rob Portman (R-OH), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV).

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“Congress should never be above the law or play by their own set of rules,” Gillibrand said in a statement. “We must ensure that Congress handles complaints to create an environment where staffers can come forward if something happens to them without having to fear that it will ruin their careers. This bipartisan legislation would bring us much closer to that goal.”

The new legislation comes after a number of members of Congress have stepped down or announced plans to resign amid sexual misconduct scandals. Al Franken resigned last week after multiple women accused him of inappropriate contact. John Conyers of Michigan also resigned after sexual harassment allegations, as did Arizona representative Trent Franks, after it was revealed he asked former staffers to serve as a surrogate. Blake Farenthold and Joe Barton, both of Texas, said they would not seek another term.

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A bipartisan senate group introduced new legislation to reform the processes by which sexual harassment investigations involving members of Congress are conducted.

The Congressional Harassment Reform Act — backed by 20 senators both Republican and Democrat — would change the reporting process for victims, end the process’s strict secrecy rules and require lawmakers to pay settlements out of their own pocket rather than taxpayer money.

The bill was supported by U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John Cornyn (R-TX), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Rob Portman (R-OH), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV).

“Congress should never be above the law or play by their own set of rules,” Gillibrand said in a statement. “We must ensure that Congress handles complaints to create an environment where staffers can come forward if something happens to them without having to fear that it will ruin their careers. This bipartisan legislation would bring us much closer to that goal.”

The new legislation comes after a number of members of Congress have stepped down or announced plans to resign amid sexual misconduct scandals. Al Franken resigned last week after multiple women accused him of inappropriate contact. John Conyers of Michigan also resigned after sexual harassment allegations, as did Arizona representative Trent Franks, after it was revealed he asked former staffers to serve as a surrogate. Blake Farenthold and Joe Barton, both of Texas, said they would not seek another term.

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White House: Those Calling Trump’s Tweet Harassment Have Minds “In Gutter”

Only if your mind is in the gutter would you have read it that way, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sniffed today when asked by reporters about Donald Trump’s vulgar morning tweet about New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
Sanders would include in that category Gillibrand, who called Trump’s tweet a “sexist smear” intended to shut her up, the day after she had said Trump should step down when three of more than a dozen women who had accused him of sexually…

Only if your mind is in the gutter would you have read it that way, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sniffed today when asked by reporters about Donald Trump’s vulgar morning tweet about New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Sanders would include in that category Gillibrand, who called Trump’s tweet a “sexist smear” intended to shut her up, the day after she had said Trump should step down when three of more than a dozen women who had accused him of sexually…

Trump Slams Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in Suggestive Tweet

WASHINGTON — A day after Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) called for President Donald Trump’s resignation in the wake of renewed sexual misconduct allegations, he fired back at her, claiming that she was once “begging” him for campaign contributions and that she “would do anything for them.” He wrote, “Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky […]

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Kirsten Gillibrand Fires Back at Donald Trump: ‘You Cannot Silence Me’

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand hit back on Tuesday after President Donald Trump called her a “flunky” who “would do anything” for campaign contributions.

“You cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines to speak out about the unfitness and shame you have brought to the Oval Office,” the New York senator wrote.

You cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines to speak out about the unfitness and shame you have brought to the Oval Office. https://t.co/UbQZqubXZv

— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) December 12, 2017

On Monday, Gillibrand called on Trump to resign from office after “Megyn Kelly Today” resurfaced allegations of sexual misconduct. The women all previously spoke out in 2016, before Trump was elected president.

“President Trump has committed assault, according to these women, and those are very credible allegations of misconduct and criminal activity, and he should be fully investigated and he should resign,” Gillibrand said on CNN.

That didn’t sit well with Trump, who made full use of Twitter’s expanded character limit to attack her Tuesday morning.

Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2017

Gillibrand wasn’t the only one who took exception. On the set of “Morning Joe,” Mika Brzezinski said that the president’s implication that the senator “would do anything” was demeaning and meant to be sexual.

“I am shaking with anger,” she during a live broadcast from Alabama. She also called on Trump to delete the tweet and for women in the White House to pressure him to do so.

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand hit back on Tuesday after President Donald Trump called her a “flunky” who “would do anything” for campaign contributions.

“You cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines to speak out about the unfitness and shame you have brought to the Oval Office,” the New York senator wrote.

On Monday, Gillibrand called on Trump to resign from office after “Megyn Kelly Today” resurfaced allegations of sexual misconduct. The women all previously spoke out in 2016, before Trump was elected president.

“President Trump has committed assault, according to these women, and those are very credible allegations of misconduct and criminal activity, and he should be fully investigated and he should resign,” Gillibrand said on CNN.

That didn’t sit well with Trump, who made full use of Twitter’s expanded character limit to attack her Tuesday morning.

Gillibrand wasn’t the only one who took exception. On the set of “Morning Joe,” Mika Brzezinski said that the president’s implication that the senator “would do anything” was demeaning and meant to be sexual.

“I am shaking with anger,” she during a live broadcast from Alabama. She also called on Trump to delete the tweet and for women in the White House to pressure him to do so.

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