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Huma Abedin (R) and Anthony Weiner at a press conference in 2013, in which Weiner addressed another round of sexting allegations. (John Moore/Getty Images)


The Week in Women: Mother Teresa’s controversial legacy, Trump’s illegal aliens, and the return of Carlos Danger

By Brigit Katz on September 2, 2016

One, two, three strikes you’re out! This week’s news round up is devoted to the repeat offenders among us. Let’s take a look back, shall we?

Huma Abedin, chairwoman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, announced Monday that she is separating from her husband Anthony Weiner, a former U.S. congressman. The announcement came shortly after The New York Post exposed yet another of Weiner’s sexting scandals; the disgraced politician had already seen his political career implode twice after it was revealed that he sent sexually suggestive photos to multiple women. This time around, Weiner allegedly sent—among other things—a photo of himself wearing white boxers while lying in bed next to his 3-year-old son. Hide your kids, hide your wife. Carlos Danger is back.

As Pope Francis prepares to canonize Mother Teresa on September 4, critics of the revered nun have been seeking to highlight multiple controversial aspects of her legacy. Some say that the beneficent organization she left behind, Missionaries of Charity, fails to meet basic medical standards and properly vet doctors. Feminists are outraged by Mother Teresa’s repeated attacks on women’s reproductive rights. After winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, Mother Teresa’s acceptance speech was loaded with incendiary language on abortion. “I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion,” she said, “because it is a direct war, a direct killing—direct murder by the mother herself.”

Rachel Dolezal, the now-infamous white woman who was forced to step down from her job at the NAACP because she claimed to be black, is once again stirring up outrage. It was announced this week that Dolezal will be appearing at the Naturally Isis Braid-On, Economic Liberty March and Rally in Dallas, which has in turn prompted questions over why a woman accused of appropriating black culture would be featured at a black cultural event. Isis Brantley, the beloved activist who founded the “braid-on,” said that she was not aware of Dolezal’s reputation when she invited her to the march. Dolezal, presumably, does not identify as someone who just ticked off an entire community.

Perpetually offensive person Donald Trump has come under scrutiny for allowing women to work for his New York-based modeling agency without proper authorization. Three former Trump models spoke with Mother Jones about their experiences, alleging that the agency never obtained work visas for them, and even coached them on how to fool customs officials. One of the women in question, Canadian-born Rachel Blais, said she worked for months in New York while on a tourist visa, even appearing on Trump’s hit reality show, The Apprentice. Their claims are particularly egregious because Trump has been promoting a platform of extreme opposition to illegal aliens in his run for the U.S. presidency. As The Donald himself might put it: “Sad!”