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In the latest episode of What Else Happened?, Rewire managing editors Regina Mahone and Kat Jercich discuss what the Trump administration is–and isn’t–doing to address domestic violence, how rural communities are disproportionately affected by toxic drinking water, and about the Catholic health systems looking to get into the drug business. Also, Kat talks with SisterSong’s Omisade Burney-Scott about a campaign to end the practice of shackling pregnant people in North Carolina prisons.
An edited excerpt:
Regina: According to the piece, the CEO of the National Domestic Violence Hotline seemed hopeful about the Trump administration “engag[ing] in a new conversation” on its policy approach to the issue, not least of all because the issue is now at its front doorstep.
Kat: Well, it has been a dark cloud over his entire presidency, so far, given that, what, like, 20 women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against the president?
Regina: Right. And then last week, two White House staffers resigned in the same week amid abuse allegations. In response to mounting pressure, the president said on Wednesday, in pure Trumpian fashion, that he is “totally opposed to domestic violence of any kind.”
Kat: This is the same person who tweeted over the weekend that “Peoples’ lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation,” right?
Regina: That’s the one.
- Domestic Violence Group Describes ‘Heartbreaking’ Decline in Progress Under Trump, by Lois Beckett for The Guardian, February 2018
- Rural America’s Drinking-Water Crisis, by Sarah Jones and Emily Atkin for the New Republic, February 2018
- EPA Data: Tap Water in More Than 1,000 Communities Tainted With Lead Above Action Level, by Olga Naidenko and Sonya Lunder for the Environmental Working Group, February 2018
- Catholic Rules Forced This Doctor to Watch Her Patient Sicken—Now, She’s Speaking Out, by Amy Littlefield for Rewire, September 2017