2018 – “This is a circus. This confirmation process has become a national disgrace,” prospective U.S. Supreme Court Justice Bret Kavanaugh said when Christine Blasey Ford said he sexually assaulted her.
2017 – “Nevertheless, she persisted,” Senator Mitch McConnell explained why he led the U.S. Senate to vote to silence Senator Elizabeth Warren on the Senate floor because, over his objections, she continued to speak out against the confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General.
2016 – “It doesn’t sound like me. I’m looking into whether that tape (the “Access Hollywood” tape) is legitimate,” said Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump when the televised tape aired his words about how he sexually assaulted women.
1991 – “This is a circus. It’s a national disgrace,” prospective U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said when Anita Hill said he sexually harassed her.
1955 – Montgomery, Alabama bus driver James Blake told Rosa Parks, an African American woman, she must give up her seat to a White person on the bus. Mrs. Parks refused to give up her seat. Mr. Blake called police, and they arrested Rosa Parks for not giving up her seat to a White person.
1955 – 1956 “One of these days, Alice . . . to the moon!” By employing chauvinist humor, popular at the time, TV character Ralph Crandon routinely threatened to hit his wife and audiences laughed along.
1931 – “Women will no longer be allowed to play profession baseball because it is too strenuous a sport for them,” ruled Baseball Commissioner Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis the day after Jackie Mitchell, a female baseball pitcher, struck out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game.
1910 – “You do not need a ballot to clean out your sink spout,” said the National Association OPPOSED to Woman Suffrage.
1692 – When Martha Corey, accused of witchcraft, said, “I do not know what a witch is,” Salem Witchcraft Trails Judge Hathorne asked her, “How do you know, then, that you are not a witch?”
circa 400,000 B.C. – After Adam ate the “forbidden fruit” he said to God, “Eve made me eat the fruit.”
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