California Democratic Rep. Katie Hill delivered her final floor speech Thursday, claiming her political career was cut short as a result of a sexual double standard and misogynistic culture.
“I am leaving now because of a double standard. I am leaving because I didn’t want to be used as a bargaining chip. I am leaving because I didn’t want to be used by papers and blogs and websites used by shameless operatives for the dirtiest gutter politics that I’ve ever seen,” Hill said.
Hill blamed the “right-wing media” looking “to drive clicks and expand their audience by showing intimate photos of me, taken without my knowledge let alone my consent, for the sexual entertainment of others” for her stepping down.