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George Conway Runs Out Of Words To Describe Trump’s Latest Bonkers Rally

Westlake Legal Group 5c63cc133b00007b046b6652 George Conway Runs Out Of Words To Describe Trump’s Latest Bonkers Rally

President Donald Trump’s event in Pennsylvania on Tuesday had so many distortions that one of his biggest critics briefly ran out of words. 

Conservative attorney George Conway ― husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway ― used a single word to describe the wild claims and outright lies made by Trump at an energy plant outside of Pittsburgh.

“Wut.” 

The speech was technically an official White House event on energy and manufacturing, but instead resembled one of Trump’s campaign rallies, complete with attacks on rivals and critics and more than a few outlandish claims. 

At one point, as he has done some 75 times before according to the Toronto Star, Trump took credit for signing the Veterans Choice health care program into law.

It was actually signed by President Barack Obama in 2014. 

At another point, he suggested the main U.S. export to Japan is wheat.

“They send us thousands and thousands, millions, of cars,” Trump said. “We send them wheat. Wheat! That’s not a good deal.”

But the website of the U.S. Trade Representative ― part of the Executive Office of the President ― notes that wheat is just $698 million of $120.4 billion in U.S. exports to Japan. 

Trump even seemed to think the afternoon event was taking place in the morning. 

Conway shared a series of tweets from CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale and seemed to run out of words to describe some of Trump’s claims, settling for that single word in three of the five tweets:

Prior to the event, Conway also shared his thoughts on whether or not Trump’s “cray cray” is getting worse:

Headlines on this article have been updated to reflect that the event wasn’t an official campaign rally. 

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Geraldo Rivera on shootings: ‘Blame the people who commit the deeds’

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Fox News’ correspondent-at-large Geraldo Rivera voiced his concerns Tuesday against the “transfer of responsibility” after critics of President Trump blamed him for the shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio earlier this month.

“The people who commit these deeds have to be held responsible. People have to have the freedom… to speak their mind and to make their points that go on in life,” Rivera said Tuesday on “Hannity.”

“We can’t be, you know, pretending every time someone makes a fiery speech that that’s going to now enables someone to go out and commit dreadful acts of violence.”

Rivera was reacting to a report that a shooting took place at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in San Antonio Tuesday morning.

Host Sean Hannity brought up Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., recently saying she didn’t regret comparing detention centers to concentration camps and used it as an example of “the left’s hypocrisy” by not applying the same standards to liberal lawmakers as theyTrump.

Rivera said that the only people that should be blamed for violent acts are those who commit them.

“I think that transfer of responsibility is a coward’s way out. We’ve got to blame the people who commit the deeds,” Rivera said.

Rivera also noted in the segment that he spoke to President Trump Friday and advised him to be careful with his language.

“I spoke to the president and they said you know you’re causing a lot of your own troubles with some of the language and tweets and he…didn’t respond to my, my point directly but he did say …  ‘I appreciate your advice,'” Rivera said.

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Former Disney star Bella Thorne directs film for popular porn site

Former Disney star Bella Thorne is taking her talents to behind the camera to direct a porn film.

The 21-year-old actress has partnered with Pornhub to release “Her & Him,” a film part of the porn site’s Visionaries Director’s Series.

BELLA THORNE COMES OUT AS PANSEXUAL: ‘YOU LIKE WHAT YOU LIKE’

Thorne’s feature film will also be screened at The Odenburg Film Festival in Germany from Sept. 11 to Sept. 15.

“Her & Him” reportedly tells the Romeo and Juliet-like story of two star-crossed lovers, according to Pornhub vice president Corey Price.

BELLA THORNE GAVE PAPARAZZI HER SCHEDULE DURING NYC VISIT: REPORT

The love story between the two protagonists, portrayed by rapper Young M.A. and singer-rapper Brooke Candy, is described as a reckless and dangerous affair that “transcends time and space.”

Thorne, who starred in the Disney series “Shake It Up,” has previously produced a dark and deeply personal collection of poetry. She is currently in a long-distance relationship with Italian singer Benjamin Mascolo, according to People. The actress recently shared photos of the couple enjoying a romantic getaway in Sicily, Italy.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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In 1976 speech, Biden said US criminal justice should focus on punishment not rehabilitation

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In a 1976 speech in Idaho, then-Sen. Joe Biden said the U.S. criminal justice system should stress punishment rather than rehabilitation — a direct contradiction to his current platform, which focuses on rehabilitation, according to a report.

“Why should we liberals, why should we Democrats, apologize for saying a criminal justice system has implicit in it the idea that a crime should be met with a punishment? What is wrong with that?” the senator from Delaware said at the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Boise, Idaho, in audio reportedly obtained by the Washington Examiner.

“Why should we liberals, why should we Democrats, apologize for saying a criminal justice system has implicit in it the idea that a crime should be met with a punishment? What is wrong with that?”

— Joe Biden, in 1976 speech

BIDEN ONCE SAW DIVERSITY AS ‘POPPYCOCK,’ LAMENTED US LACK OF UNIFYING ETHNICITY

In the speech, Biden also said that liberals claim convicts need to be rehabilitated but there’s a recognition that “We have not found a way to rehabilitate.”

He added if Democrats didn’t get tougher on criminals voters would start to support politicians like Alabama segregationist George Wallace, who was strict on crime.

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“When we don’t respond,” he said, according to the Examiner, “we allow men like [Wallace] to run around the nation talking about ‘pointy-headed federal judges’ and about the fact that we need more severe penalties in the government for crime, and people begin to believe him.”

Biden also said that diversity strengthening America is “poppycock,” adding that people “fear differences.”

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Biden has faced scrutiny from his 2020 presidential rivals over his support for the 1994 crime bill and other past positions over his decades-long career.

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Flights resuming at Hong Kong airport after protest chaos

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Flights resumed at Hong Kong’s airport Wednesday morning after two days of disruptions marked by outbursts of violence that highlight the hardening positions of pro-democracy protesters and the authorities in the semi-autonomous Chinese city.

About three dozen protesters remained camped in the airport’s arrivals area, a day after a mass demonstration and frenzied mob violence forced more than 100 flight cancelations. Additional identification checks were in place, but check-in counters were open and flights appeared to be operating normally.

Protesters spread pamphlets and posters across the floor in a section of the terminal but were not impeding travelers.

HONG KONG PROTESTS MUCH LIKE BOSTON TEA PARTY, FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL OFFICIAL SAYS

A statement from the airport’s management said it had obtained “an interim injunction to restrain persons from unlawfully and willfully obstructing or interfering” with airport operations. It said an area of the airport had been set aside for demonstrations, but no protests would be allowed outside the designated area.

The airport had closed check-in for remaining flights late Tuesday afternoon as protesters swarmed the terminal and blocked access to immigration for departing passengers. Those cancelations were in addition to 200 flights canceled on Monday.

The airport disruptions have escalated a summer of demonstrations aimed at what many Hong Kong residents see as an increasing erosion of the freedoms they were promised in 1997 when Communist Party-ruled mainland China took over what had been a British colony.

While Hong Kong’s crucial travel industry suffers major losses, the city’s reputation as a well-regulated center for finance is also taking a hit. Some 21 countries and regions have issued travel safety alerts for their citizens traveling to Hong Kong, saying protests have become more violent and unpredictable.

The demonstrators are demanding Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam step down and scrap proposed legislation under which some suspects could be sent to mainland China, where critics say they could face torture and unfair or politically charged trials.

Lam has rejected calls for dialogue, saying Tuesday the protesters were threatening to push their home into an “abyss.”

In a statement Wednesday, the Chinese Cabinet’s liaison office in Hong Kong said the protesters had “entirely ruptured legal and moral bottom lines” and would face swift and severe repercussions under Hong Kong’s legal system.

“Their behavior shows extreme contempt for the law, seriously damages Hong Kong’s international image and deeply hurts the feelings of the broad masses of their mainland compatriots,” the statement said.

Most of the protesters left the airport Tuesday after officers armed with pepper spray and swinging batons tried to enter the terminal, fighting with demonstrators who barricaded entrances with luggage carts. Riot police clashed briefly with the demonstrators, leading to several injuries and prompting at least one officer to draw a handgun on his assailants.

The burst of violence included protesters beating up at least two men they suspected of being undercover Chinese agents. Airport security appeared unable to control the crowd, and paramedics later took both men away. Police have acknowledged using “decoy” officers, and some protesters over the weekend were seen being arrested by men dressed like demonstrators — in black and wearing face masks.

Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the Global Times, identified one of the men as a journalist at the nationalistic Chinese tabloid.

“Fu Guohao, reporter of GT website is being seized by demonstrators at HK airport,” Hu wrote on his Twitter account. “I affirm this man being tied in this video is the reporter himself. He has no other task except for reporting.”

Hong Kong police said they arrested five people for unlawful assembly, assaulting police officers and possessing weapons. More than 700 protesters have been arrested in total since early June, mostly men in their 20s and 30s, but also including women, teenagers and septuagenarians.

Earlier this week, the central government in Beijing issued an ominous characterization of the protest movement as something approaching “terrorism” — a label it routinely applies to nonviolent protests of government policies on the environment or in minority regions such as Xinjiang and Tibet.

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President Donald Trump tweeted that U.S. intelligence believes that the Chinese government is moving troops to its border with Hong Kong and that, “Everyone should be calm and safe!”

While China has yet to threaten using the army — as it did against pro-democracy protesters in Beijing in 1989 — recent police exercises across Hong Kong’s border with mainland China were a sign of its ability to crush the demonstrations, even at the cost to Hong Kong’s reputation as a safe haven for business and international exchange.

Images on the internet showed armored personnel carriers belonging to the People’s Armed Police driving in a convoy Monday toward the site of the exercises.

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Andy Dick alleged attack captured on surveillance video

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Video obtained by local news outlets Tuesday reportedly showed the alleged attack of controversial comedian Andy Dick outside a New Orleans bar over the weekend.

The surveillance video shows a man who appears to be the comedian standing in a crowd outside the One Eyed Jacks bar in the French Quarter Saturday. Another man dressed in a black t-shirt can be seen approaching.

The man appears to take a swing at Dick, who falls. The alleged attacker then picks up a bottle and slowly walks away. A woman chases after him, New Orleans’ Fox 8 reported.

ANDY DICK ‘COLD COCKED’ OUTSIDE NEW ORLEANS CLUB, HOSPITALIZED: REPORT

Robert Couvillion, Dick’s booking agent, told the outlet that his client was “cold-cocked” outside the bar, slammed into the cement and was knocked out for 15 minutes. Dick was hospitalized for several days before returning to Los Angeles Monday.

“We thought he was dead. Then, when he did get up, he thought he was in L.A. He was unresponsive, his eyes were swimming in his head and it was really bad,” Couvillion said.

The New Orleans Police Department has attempted to meet with Dick following the incident and wants to talk with him, the department said in a statement. A criminal complaint was filed.

Guitarist Paris Dylan said he saw the alleged attack.

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“What’s shocking to me is how clear it is that the assailant wasn’t provoked in any way,” Dylan told Nola Tuesday. “That he attacked with the intent to severely injure or even kill, out of nowhere. It was a very frightening scene.”

“I rolled him over on his side and continued to try to keep him awake before paramedics arrived,” he said.

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This Day in History: Aug. 14

On this day, Aug. 14 …

2015: The U.S. Embassy in Cuba re-opens after being closed for 54 years. 

Also on this day:

  • 1935: The Social Security Act becomes law. 
  • 1945: Japan surrenders to the U.S., ending World War II.
  • 1947: Pakistan becomes independent of British rule.
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  • 1997: Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh is sentenced to death. 
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Dominican Republic resort temporarily closes after woman claims she was beaten there

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Tammy Lawrence-Daley says she was beaten for hours and left for dead while vacationing at an all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic. USA TODAY

The Dominican Republic resort where a Delaware woman says she was beaten unconscious is temporarily closing due to low occupancy.

Majestic Resorts says it has lost thousands of visitors since stories of American tourists dying or being seriously injured while visiting the island started becoming public earlier this year.

Tammy Lawrence-Daley, a 51-year-old from Wilmington, was one of the first to share her story, doing so via Facebook in May. She posted that she was beaten and strangled multiple times to unconsciousness at Majestic’s Punta Cana resort in January. 

That resort, the Majestic Elegance Punta Cana, announced the temporary closing in a letter to travel agencies. Majestic Resorts said it will close on Aug. 15 with plans to reopen on Nov. 7.

“Majestic Resorts is going to offer even more services and more quality than ever before to gain our guests back,” reads the letter, signed by VP of Sales and Marketing Ricardo Espinosa. 

After weeks in the national spotlight, Lawrence-Daley filed a lawsuit against Majestic Resorts in July. She is suing for $3 million to compensate for “permanent, life-changing injuries,” according to her lawyers.

LAWSUIT:Tammy Lawrence-Daley sues Dominican Republic resort for $3 million

“I think it speaks volumes to the public’s reaction to the resort’s mishandling of this situation,” said Victoria Kurtz, one of the lawyers representing Lawrence-Daley. 

Majestic Resorts did not immediately return a request for comment. 

Occupancy at Majestic Resorts’ three Punta Cana locations was expected to dip below 60% in the second half of August, September and October, according to the letter.

The letter blames “thousands of cancellations” on negative media portrayals of “isolated issues.”

“We have taken this issue as an opportunity to rethink and improve for the future,” the letter reads.

The company said it is closing the resort because it doesn’t want guests to have a sub-par experience in an empty resort.

Guests that have trips booked will be given a room of the same or better quality at the Majestic Mirage Punta Cana. The company intends to make small upgrades while the resort is closed.

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Kurtz said the resort has had little contact with her team since the lawsuit was filed. A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 22.

“It would be ideal to get this settled and move on, but if the resort feels that fighting this is in their best interest we will prove them wrong,” Kurtz said. 

Lawrence-Daley was taken into a closet at the resort and “left for dead in a drainage area” by one or two people she believes were workers at the resort, according to her lawyers. 

“I was kicked in the head, I was beaten with a club,” Lawrence-Daley wrote in her original Facebook post. “And then strangled again for the kill.”

She said she was found eight hours later, only after her husband and friends asked the front desk to search for her three times. 

Lawrence-Daley spent five days in a hospital, where she was treated for multiple abrasions and bruises and had surgery to repair her gum line. She says she is managing several physical ailments including nerve damage and “permanent disfigurement.”

An earlier statement by the resort shed doubt on Lawrence-Daley’s telling of the events saying it was waiting for police to explore contradictions in the “strange and unusual case.”

FULL STATEMENT: Dominican Republic hotel says Delaware woman requested $2.2M before going public with attack

At least 10 tourists have died while visiting the Dominican Republic this year but officials say the number of deaths are not alarming and actually lower than in some previous years.

Flight bookings between the U.S. and the Dominican Republic for July and August dipped about 85% compared to last year, according to the data firm ForwardKeys. Ticket sales started to rebound in late June

Lawrence-Daley’s complaint is the only known grievance at the Majestic Elegance Punta Cana.

Contact Brandon Holveck at bholveck@delawareonline.com or at (302) 324-2267. Follow on Twitter @holveck_brandon.

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No One Attacked Trump More in 2016 Than Republicans. It Didn’t Work.

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WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has called President Trump an “existential threat” to the nation.

Senator Kamala Harris has warned on the campaign trail that the president is a racist.

After the mass shooting in El Paso this month, in which a Texas man who confessed to killing 22 people echoed anti-immigrant language promulgated by Mr. Trump and right-wing media outlets, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, as well as former Representative Beto O’Rourke, escalated their verbal attacks on Mr. Trump, labeling him a “white supremacist.”

Each contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination is trying to distinguish himself or herself as the strongest candidate to take on the president. In doing so, the candidates have been eager to be seen as speaking plain truth to what they frame as venal power on issues of race, character and everything else.

“Donald Trump believes climate change is a hoax,” Mr. Sanders wrote on Twitter over the weekend, while campaigning at the Iowa State Fair. “Donald Trump is an idiot.”

But if the steady stream of ad hominem attacks is failing to shock, awe or drive the news, it is in part because there is little left in terms of criticism of Mr. Trump that has not already been volleyed — by his own team.

In 2015, Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, labeled Mr. Trump a “race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot” and called him the “ISIL man of the year,” referring to the Islamic State. That was in addition to describing him as a “kook,” “crazy” and a man who was “unfit for office.”

Senator Ted Cruz, the second-to-last man left standing in the ugly 2016 Republican primary race, called Mr. Trump a “pathological liar” who was “utterly amoral,” a “serial philanderer” and a “narcissist at a level I don’t think this country’s ever seen.”

Mick Mulvaney, the former Republican congressman who now serves as the president’s acting chief of staff, in 2016 called him a “terrible human being” who had made “disgusting and indefensible” comments about women.

Revisiting the now hollow critiques from Mr. Trump’s own party — those Republicans have all embraced the president and his agenda, going on to serve in his administration or offer him support from Capitol Hill — is raising questions about whether the search for a killer line on Mr. Trump is a fool’s errand.

“Voters on the whole are completely desensitized to personal attacks on Trump at this point,” said Tim Alberta, the author of “American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump.”

“Rick Perry called him a ‘cancer’ and then became a cabinet secretary,” he said. “It’s not like a swing voter in a battleground state will hear an ad hominem attack on him and suddenly think, ‘I never thought of it that way.’”

Mr. Alberta, who in researching his book spent time Monday-morning quarterbacking the 2016 election with many of the failed Republican candidates, said that “the unlearned lesson from 2016 for Republicans was that every day spent launching ad hominem attacks on Trump was a day not spent pointing to voters how little he knows about actually running the government.”

While the attacks may help Democrats distinguish themselves from one another, they appear to have no effect on Mr. Trump’s poll numbers, according to officials. Mr. Trump’s internal approval ratings, a source familiar with the numbers said, have not shifted by more than 1 percent since April 2018, and hover between 43 and 45 percent.

“Everything is tribal at this point,” said Brendan Buck, a former adviser to Paul Ryan, the former House speaker. “If you’re with him, you’re with him, in spite of or because of the way that he is.” But Mr. Buck said that since 2016, there has been “slippage with women voters, suburban voters — and I think some of it is related to his persona and the way he presents himself” and the character that Democrats are critiquing.

Trump campaign officials shrug off the race to be seen as the biggest Trump critic in the Democratic Party. They view it as an intraparty fight between candidates trying to raise small dollars and qualify for the next presidential debate, but they have tracked no negative effect on Mr. Trump’s standing because of it.

And they have ignored the president’s one Republican opponent, William F. Weld, the former Massachusetts governor waging the longest of long-shot Republican primary challenges, who also appears to be recycling the attacks that failed to stop Mr. Trump’s capture of the party’s nomination in 2016. “Donald Trump is a raging racist,” Mr. Weld said last month. “He’s a complete and thoroughgoing racist.”

Mr. Trump, for his part, has bristled at being labeled a racist, but has not indicated to his allies or advisers that he intends to change his language or reach out to communities of color with a message of unity.

Democratic strategists, however, said there was a difference between a voter’s expectations of a sitting president and a first-time candidate.

“Part of the reasons that voters in 2016 overlooked a lot of these same criticisms of Trump is that they hoped that his schtick was just a schtick,” said Geoff Garin, a Democratic pollster. “It’s possible these criticisms will be more meaningful because it’s much harder to have the illusion that these character deficiencies aren’t for real.”

Mr. Garin, who worked for Ralph Northam in 2017 during Mr. Northam’s Democratic primary race for governor of Virginia, said attacking Mr. Trump also helps centrist candidates prove themselves to progressive voters.

Mr. Northam’s primary race opponent, former Representative Tom Perriello, challenged him from the left, Mr. Garin said, “but Ralph said in a commercial that Donald Trump is a narcissistic maniac.”

“That’s all that Democratic primary voters needed to hear to know he was in tune with them,” he added.

Among the Democratic candidates for president, there is an awareness that Mr. Trump will always win in a game of diminishing nicknames and threatening speech. But many of them view it as a moral obligation to attach a label to him.

“At a time when the president’s words are being weaponized by violent extremists, it’s important to speak in direct terms about who he is,” said Sawyer Hackett, the national press secretary for Julián Castro, a presidential candidate and former housing secretary. “He is a racist who fans the flames of white nationalism and white supremacy.”

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Don Lemon sued for allegedly assaulting New York bartender, 'categorically denies' claims

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Don Lemon made a big announcement on Instagram. USA TODAY

CNN’s Don Lemon is denying accusations from a former Hamptons bartender who accused the television host of assaulting him at a New York bar last year.

Dustin Hice sued Lemon Sunday for a “demeaning, unprovoked and offensive assault” that allegedly took place at Murf’s Backstreet Tavern in Sag Harbor in July 2018. 

A CNN spokesperson told USA TODAY that, “Don categorically denies these claims.”

“The plaintiff in this lawsuit has previously displayed a pattern of contempt for CNN on his social media accounts,” the statement said Tuesday. “This claim follows his unsuccessful threats and demands for an exorbitant amount of money from Don Lemon.”

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In the lawsuit, Hice said he encountered Lemon, 53, at the tavern when he went out for drinks with friends following his shift at The Old Stove Pub. Hice said he offered to buy the TV host a vodka drink called a “Lemon Drop” but Lemon declined.

Hice alleges that Lemon approached him later that night, where the assault took place.

“(Lemon) put his hand down the front of his own shorts, and vigorously rubbed his genitalia, removed his hand and shoved his index and middle fingers into (Hice’s) mustache and under (Hice’s) nose,” reads the lawsuit, obtained by Mediaite.

Hice claims Lemon proceeded to ask questions about his sexual preferences, saying, “Do you like (vagina) or (penis)?” The lawsuit added, “While saying this, Mr. Lemon continued to shove his fingers into (Hice’s) face with aggression and hostility.”

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As a result of the attack, Hice said he suffered “severe emotional stress and loss of future earnings and opportunities.” He’s suing Lemon for unspecified damages.

Hice added in the suit that the “CNN Tonight” host is not a “staunch advocate for the ‘Me Too'” that he saw on television. 

“When the cameras are turned off … Mr. Lemon’s actions are in stark and disturbing contrast to the public persona he attempts to convey,” the lawsuit reads. 

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