Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif., ripped into her political opponents on Thursday, denouncing what she called a “double standard” in politics that allegedly punished her while letting President Trump and others off the hook.
“I am leaving now because of a double standard,” she said. “I am leaving because I no longer want to be used as a bargaining chip. I’m leaving because I didn’t want to be pedaled by papers and blogs and websites, used by shameless operatives for the dirtiest gutter politics that I’ve ever seen — and the right-wing media to drive clicks and expand their audience by distributing intimate photos of me — taken without my knowledge, let alone my consent — for the sexual entertainment of millions.”
Hill claimed that she was leaving as men remained in Congress, the Oval Office, and the Supreme Court after being “credibly accused of acts of sexual violence” — a clear jab at Trump and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Hill announced her resignation on Sunday after a media firestorm was ignited by intimate details about her personal life. Pornographic photos of her surfaced online after a conservative news site — RedState — reported on an extramarital affair that Hill allegedly had with staffers.
“I’m leaving because of a misogynistic culture that gleefully consumed my naked pictures, capitalized on my sexuality, and enabled my abusive ex to continue that abuse — this time, with the entire country watching,” she added while speaking on the House floor. She went on to cite “thousands” of threatening messages that made her fear for her life.
Hill’s speech painted a picture in which misogynistic forces colluded to oust her from office.