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What Katie Hill's resignation speech tells us about American politics

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01.11.2019

On Thursday, Katie Hill delivered her final speech as a congresswoman. Or, to put it more honestly: on Thursday, Katie Hill, a woman who for days had been publicly shamed for her personal life and sexuality, stood in front of Congress and delivered a final, defiant address before standing down, denouncing the “double standard” that has led to her getting slut-shamed out of political office.

In case you need a recap of the facts, here they are: last week, nude photos of Hill were made public. Around the same time, reports emerged saying she’d had an allegedly inappropriate relationship with staffer (Hill has admitted to having a relationship with a female staffer but denied an alleged affair with a male congressional staff member, which would be against House rules).

Almost all of Hill’s fellow Democrats were less than supportive. Kamala Harris was the only presidential candidate to come out and say that Hill had been unjustly victimized — despite the fact that in California, where Hill resides, has some of the strictest revenge porn laws in the country, meaning she will very likely be seen in the eyes of the law as the victim of a crime. Even Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly expressed compassion for Hill before adding: “It goes to show you, we should say to young candidates, and to kids in kindergarten really, be careful........

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