Disinvite George H. W. Bush from saying "play ball" at Sunday's World Series game
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Three women have come forward to accuse former president George H. W. Bush of groping them while taking pictures with him. Here's one account, from actress Jordana Grolnick:
“He reached his right hand around to my behind, and as we smiled for the photo he asked the group, ‘Do you want to know who my favorite magician is?’ As I felt his hand dig into my flesh, he said, ‘David Cop-a-Feel!'”
President Bush has confirmed these stories. In a statement, he used the excuse that these incidents were "jokes" and that "on occasion, he has patted women’s rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner."
This attempt to dismiss what Christina Baker Kline, Heather Lind and Jordana Grolnick clearly saw as harassment demonstrates that he does understand the gravity of his actions. In her own words, Lind said she was "sexually assaulted".
This tepid response from a former president is unacceptable. In the wake of multiple sexual assault scandals involving powerful men, we must take a stand and send a clear message that this behavior is wrong, regardless of who you are. A half-hearted apology must not be the only consequence a person faces for such despicable behavior!
Bush is scheduled to appear at Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday in Houston to say "play ball" to start the game. Major League Baseball, you can send a clear message that you have zero tolerance for sexual assault by disinvite him.
Baseball is America's pastime and reflects the character of our country. Honor these three courageous women and the hundreds of others that have risked so much to come forward with their stories. Disinvite George H. W. Bush from Sunday's game.
Perhaps you could even invite Christina, Heather and Jordana to say "play ball" instead!
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