Katie Hill calls out a 'double standard' in final floor speech

Outgoing Rep. Katie HillKatherine (Katie) Lauren HillVeronica Escobar to give Spanish-language response to Trump State of the Union address California Democrat Christy Smith launches first TV ad in bid for Katie Hill's former House seat Cenk Uygur updates on Congressional campaign, how I will call out corporate politicians in Washington MORE (D-Calif.) in her final floor speech Thursday called out a “double standard” she said led her to resign, highlighting the contrast between the allegations leveled against her and the multiple accusations of sexual misconduct against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE and other men in powerful positions. 

“I am leaving now because of a double standard,” Hill said, doubling down on her criticism of what she described as a misogynistic culture that works to "push a young woman out of power" while men accused of sexual crimes remain in top positions.

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“I am leaving, but we have men who have been credibly accused of intentional acts of sexual violence and remain in board rooms, on the Supreme Court, in this very body and — worst of all — in the Oval Office,” she added.

Trump has denied allegations of sexual misconduct. Supreme Court Justices Clarence ThomasClarence ThomasAnita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sanders campaign official: Biden 'actively courted pro-segregation senators' to block black students from white schools Electability is key to Democrats' 2020 fortunes MORE and Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughCollins walks impeachment tightrope Supreme Court sharply divided over state aid for religious schools How Citizens United altered America's political landscape MORE have also denied allegations of sexual misconduct made against them.

 

 

Hill, who announced Sunday she would be resigning, apologized to her supporters, staff and friends and said she would never shirk her own responsibility for her “sudden ending” in Congress. Her last day in office will be Friday, she said. 

“I am leaving because there is only one investigation that deserves the attention of this country and that’s the one we voted on today,” Hill said, following the House vote on a resolution setting impeachment procedures. 

“And so today, as my last vote, I voted on impeachment proceedings. Not just because of corruption, obstruction of justice or gross misconduct, but because of the deepest abuse of power, including the abuse of power over women,” she said.

Hill said her vote in favor of the impeachment proceedings was on behalf of women across the country.

“We will not stand down. We will not be broken. We will not be silenced. We will rise, and we will make tomorrow better than today,” she said.

Three fellow Democratic freshmen, Reps. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyThe Hill's Morning Report — Dems detail case to remove Trump for abuse of power Pressley says she 'would welcome the opportunity' to educate DeVos after abortion, slavery comparison Massachusetts governor apologizes after calling Pressley speech a 'rant' MORE (Mass.), Joe NeguseJoseph (Joe) NeguseJudiciary members battle over whether GOP treated fairly in impeachment hearings Sunday talk shows: Lawmakers gear up ahead of Monday's House Judiciary hearing Pelosi heading to Madrid for UN climate change convention MORE (Colo.) and Lauren UnderwoodLauren UnderwoodAyanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia Democrats worry party is squandering political opportunity on ObamaCare Overnight Health Care — Presented by Rare Access Action Project — Court ruling reignites ObamaCare fight for 2020 | Congress expands probe into surprise billing | Health industry racks up wins in year-end spending deal MORE (Ill.), sat in the chamber in front of Hill as she delivered her farewell address in a show of solidarity. They all approached Hill afterward to give her hugs.

Hill said in part she was leaving because she didn’t want “right wing media to drive clicks and expand their audience” by distributing nude photos of her distributed without her knowledge or consent.

She announced she’d be resigning earlier this week after the conservative website RedState and the Daily Mail published nude photos of her.

Hill said in her floor speech it was the first time she had left her apartment since the photos were published, adding that she’s had thousands of “vile, threatening” emails, calls and texts that made her “fear for her life” and the lives of those around her. 

Along with the publication of photos, reports alleged Hill had relationships with a campaign and legislative staffer.

Hill, who identifies as bisexual, admitted to having a relationship with a woman on her campaign. She denied having a relationship with a member of her legislative staff, which would be in violation of House rules.

She faced a House ethics probe ahead of her announced resignation. 

Hill has blamed the allegations on an “abusive” ex-husband she is divorcing and Republican operatives.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Social Security emerges as flash point in Biden-Sanders fight | Dems urge Supreme Court to save consumer agency | Trump to sign USMCA next week Veronica Escobar to give Spanish-language response to Trump State of the Union address MORE (D-Calif.) said Thursday the decision to resign was by Hill’s own choosing. She said she was “sad” to see the freshman lawmaker leave but respected her decision. 

Christina Marcos contributed