A Massachusetts state senator running for Congress named Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as a target in her crusade to hold powerful men accused of sexual harassment accountable for their alleged actions.
Democrat Barbara L’Italien vowed on Wednesday to file an impeachment resolution against Thomas for perjury during his confirmation hearing to the high court if she is elected, Politico reported.
“There is an elephant in the room for Congress in the #MeToo era. Our leaders have to start talking about it. Two of the most powerful men in the country have been credibly accused of sexual crimes and gotten away with it,” she said, pledging also to call for hearings against President Donald Trump who has been accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct.
Her spokesman Joe Katz said L’Italien is the first candidate to call for Thomas’ impeachment. She believes there’s “considerable evidence that Thomas lied under oath” when accused of sexual harassment by his former colleague Anita Hill during his 1991 Senate confirmation hearing.
Hill was a law professor who worked for Thomas at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She alleged that Thomas repeatedly tried to date her and subjected her to conversations about sex and pornography.
“Laws cracking down on sexual assault have to be signed by a president who multiple women say assaulted them. Regulations to stop sexual harassment can be struck down by a Supreme Court justice who lied under oath to counter allegations of sexual harassment,” the candidate stated.
L’Italien is one of several Democrats competing for the party’s nomination on Sep. 4 to replace U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas.
The World Pays Tribute To The Legacy Of Aretha Franklin
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4. Patti LaBelle
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5. Barbra Streisand
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This photo was taken in 2012 when Aretha & I performed at a tribute celebration for our friend Marvin Hamlisch. It’s difficult to conceive of a world without her. Not only was she a uniquely brilliant singer,but her commitment to civil rights made an indelible impact on the world pic.twitter.com/Px9zVB90MM— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) August 16, 2018
6. Don Lemon
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.@DonLemon: This country has lost one of our greatest treasures. Aretha Franklin.— Don Lemon Tonight (@DonLemonTonight) August 17, 2018
With a heart as big as her voice, and a soul that helped power the March for Freedom for people of color, when she insisted like she always did on Respect https://t.co/QN8HgpBYuU pic.twitter.com/OPnLVGARMf
7. Harlem Gospel Choir On GMA
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The Harlem Gospel Choir is here with us live in Times Square this morning, helping celebrate the life of Aretha Franklin. pic.twitter.com/DkZxIrdq0N— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 17, 2018
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This woman played a BIG part in my life. She played a genuine role in my life similar to how my Grandmother was very dear to me. I’ll never forget the talks we shared together. Auntie, kill the choir up there in Heaven & know that your Music will last forever. #Iconic 💔 pic.twitter.com/UXAw9PCQ8H— Fantasia Taylor (@TasiasWord) August 17, 2018
9. Celine Dion
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I'm saddened to learn that Aretha Franklin has passed.The most soulful and inspirational singer of our time. / Je suis attristée d'apprendre le décès d’Aretha Franklin. La chanteuse la plus inspirante de notre époque. - Céline xx…— Celine Dion (@celinedion) August 16, 2018
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10. Clive Davis
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11. Stax RecordsSource: 11 of 14
12. Aretha Franklin's Childhood Home In Memphis, TennesseeSource: 12 of 14
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