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Karl Rove says he’s known of Lincoln Project co-founder’s behavior ‘since 1988’

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In the wake of Lincoln Project co-founder John Weaver being accused by 21 men of sending them inappropriate, sexual messages, Karl Rove said Monday that he has known about Weaver’s behavior “since 1988.”

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Rove, a deputy White House chief of staff under former President George W. Bush, made the remark when prompted by Fox News host Martha McCallum about a 2004 Atlantic article in which writer Joshua Green mentioned that Rove reportedly spread a rumor that Weaver had “made a pass” at a young man at a state GOP event.

“I’ve actually known about this pattern of behavior since 1988,” Rove said, who’s also a Fox News contributor.

“All I want to say is the 21 statements from those 21 young men who talked about how they had been approached by Mr. Weaver—that statement speaks for itself,” Rove continued, also saying that he would be adding nothing further about the situation, which he called a “sad, sad chapter.”

In that 2004 article, The Atlantic dismissed Rove’s accusations as a “lie,” John Levine of The New York Post pointed out on Sunday.

“John Weaver led a secret life that was built on a foundation of deception at every level,” the Lincoln Project said in a statement Sunday. “He is a predator, a liar, and an abuser. We extend our deepest sympathies to those who were targeted by his deplorable and predatory behavior.”

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Last surviving WW2 Medal of Honor recipient Woody Williams dies at 98

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On this Fourth of July we honor the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from World War II. Marine veteran Hershel “Woody” Williams died Wednesday at 3:15 a.m. and was 98 years old. Williams died at the Huntington, West Virginia, Veterans Affairs hospital named after him, according to a statement from his foundation.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Sunday that Williams will lie in honor at the U.S. Capitol.

The Marine Corps Times writes about the honorable veteran and his Medal:

Born in 1923 on a dairy farm in Quiet Dell, West Virginia, Williams was the youngest of 11 children, according to the Weirton, West Virginia, Daily Times.

Initially disqualified for being too short, Williams enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1943, according to his biography. The demolition sergeant landed on Iwo Jima on Feb. 21, 1945, with 1st Battalion, 21st Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division.

Two days later, on Feb. 23, 1945, he famously destroyed enemy emplacements with a flamethrower, going forward alone into machinegun fire, covered only by four riflemen.

His citation states, “he fought desperately for 4 hours under terrific enemy small-arms fire and repeatedly returned to his own lines to prepare demolition charges and obtain serviced flamethrowers,” before wiping out one enemy position after another.

On one occasion, he “daringly mounted a pillbox to insert the nozzle of his flamethrower through the air vent,” which killed all enemy occupants and silenced its gun.

Williams received the Medal of Honor from President Harry S. Truman at the White House in October 1945 for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.”

 

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