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Rep. Nan Hayworth’s (R-N.Y.) communications director, Jay Townsend, resigned on Monday following his suggestion last week that people “hurl some acid” at female Democratic senators whose views he found hypocritical.

Cardiologist Richard Becker, Hayworth’s Democratic opponent, pounced on the opportunity, calling Townsend’s choice of words “uniquely violent” and demanding he be fired. Once the scandal hit the national spotlight, Townsend posted a non-apology on his Facebook page, where he first posted the offending words. ” It was stupid because my words were easily misconstrued,” he wrote, “thoughtless because my choice of words obscured a point I was trying to make, and insensitive because some have interpreted the comment as advocating a violent act.”

As a reminder, here are his original remarks in full:

My question today… when is Tommy boy going to weigh in on all the Lilly Ledbetter hypocrites who claim to be fighting the War on Women? Let’s hurl some acid at those female democratic Senators who won’t abide the mandates they want to impose on the private sector.

Hayworth, a Tea Party stalwart who beat the Democratic incumbent for the seat in 2010, issued a statement urging voters to move past the controversy.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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New details about the direct role that Donald Trump played in developing a strategy to overturn the 2020 election were revealed in a federal court filing from election coup attorney John Eastman late Thursday.

Eastman is several months into a battle to keep records of his work for Trump in the run-up to January 6 confidential. but in his latest parry to bar access to emails he says should be protected under attorney-client privilege, he has revealed that Trump sent him at least “two hand-written notes” containing information “he thought might be useful for the anticipated litigation” challenging election results.

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