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Justin Trudeau Denies Groping Allegation

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pushed back Thursday on assertions of misconduct dating from a music festival in British Columbia in 2000, saying he was confident he “did not act inappropriately” at the event. Discussion about the incident had arisen in Canadian political circles in response to the resurfacing of an unsigned editorial in the Creston Valley Advance, a local British Columbia newspaper.

In the editorial, a then 28-year old Trudeau is quoted as apologizing to a reporter of the paper (a woman who remains unidentified) for “handling,” stating that if he had known she was “reporting for a national newspaper, I never would have been so forward.

Addressing the public conversation about the incident for the second time on Thursday, Trudeau acknowledged that the individual in question may have experienced the interaction “very differently.” When originally addressing reports of the incident on Sunday, Trudeau stated that he didn’t remember any “negative interactions” from the music festival almost twenty years ago, despite having been quoted as apologizing to an anonymous individual.

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Trudeau did acknowledge the apology described in the original piece, stating that he had “apologized in the moment” without going into detail about what he was apologizing for.

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Trudeau has built a reputation in Canadian politics and internationally as a supporter of feminist and social justice causes, even going so far as to insist that a young female Canadian asking him a question at a public event rephrase her use of the term “mankind” as “peoplekind.” Trudeau’s dismissal of a plausible claim of abuse- in this case described originally as “inappropriate handling” stands at odds with his approach towards other individuals accused of misconduct.

In January, Kent Hehr, a member of the Canadian Parliament who served as the Minister of Veteran’s Affairs in Trudeau’s Cabinet, was forced to resign after making suggestive comments to a woman in an elevator. Trudeau accepted his resignation, stating that as Prime Minister he “would take any allegations of misconduct extremely seriously, and we believe that it is important to support women who come forward with allegations and that is exactly what our government will do.

It remains to be what exactly Trudeau’s government will do in response to the allegations directed against Trudeau himself.

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President Donald Trump Pledges to Nominate A Woman as Next Supreme Court Justice

It’s going to be a woman.

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President Trump revealed that he plans to nominate a woman as his next Supreme Court nominee during a rally on Saturday in North Carolina. The nominee, if confirmed, would replace longtime progressive judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who passed away on Friday.

Reports indicate that President Trump plans to announce the identity of a SCOTUS nominee on either Monday or Tuesday. He suggested as such during his North Carolina rally, confirming that the nominee would be a woman. The crowd could be heard chanting “fill that seat,” indicative of the strong desire among conservatives for President Trump to exercise his constitutional duties and advance a nominee.

Amy Coney Barrett and Barbara Lagoa are considered to be strong candidates to fill the nomination, with the former almost being picked in 2018 to fill the vacancy ultimately filled by Brett Kavanaugh. Barrett is reportedly considered a front-runner in the selection process.

President Trump also cited the constitutional basis for nominating a Supreme Court justice, pointing out that Article 2 of the Constitution placed the imperative upon him as President to do as such. Republicans control both the White House and the Senate, a crucial difference from the divided government of 2016 when President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland was blocked by the Senate.

Democrats are guaranteed to fight furiously to block the confirmation of any Supreme Court nominee advanced by President Trump, with Chuck Schumer himself saying that he wouldn’t accept the possibility of any new justices while Trump is in office, even if it’s during his second term.

Tentative confirmation proceedings, which will occur in the midst of the Presidential election, have the chance to make Brett Kavanaugh’s wild confirmation process look like a gingerly walk in the park.

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