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The Week in Women: Love blossoms on ‘The Bachelor’ and other secrets and revelations that surprised us

By Brigit Katz on October 19, 2018

Psst. This week’s newsletter is all about the secrets, surprises and other revelations that came to light this week. Let’s take a look back, shall we?

There’s a sneaky message in that hilarious White House painting of Donald Trump chilling at a table with past GOP presidents. Andy Thomas, the artist who created The Republican Club and the similarly-themed Democratic Club, revealed in an interview with CNN that the blurry female figures in both paintings represent the first Republican and Democratic female presidents. Thomas didn’t quite step up to speculation by CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin that his artworks contain a subtle “feminist message.” But he did emphasize his conviction that the election of a female president is “something that’s gonna happen,” and said the shadowy figures in his paintings represent a woman “walking over to take her place at the table.” Ah yes, grabbing a Diet Coke with Donald Trump — every woman’s dream.

A white woman in New York City called the police on a 9-year-old black boy, who she said sexually assaulted her, but security footage subsequently revealed that he had just brushed her with his backpack. In a viral video recorded by Flatbush resident Jason Littlejohn, Teresa Klein can be seen on the phone with police, claiming that the child had “grabbed [her]” behind, and that the mother of the boy had subsequently yelled at her. The child, Jeremiah Harvey, and a young girl, can be seen crying. Days later, a security tape from the deli where the incident took place showed the boy turning to someone behind him and accidentally hitting Klein with his backpack. Klein, who swiftly became known as “Cornerstore Caroline” on social media, apologized to the boy. On Friday, little Jeremiah broke his silence about the harrowing incident, saying that it left him in tears, fearful that he or his mother would be taken away by police. His mother, Someko Bellille also spoke out and said, “To be having a conversation with your son about sexual assault at the age of 9 — I never thought I’d be having this conversation.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren released the results of a DNA test, in an effort to finally quell Donald Trump’s claims that she has lied about her Native American heritage. According to The Boston Globe, which first reported the story, the test indicates there is “strong evidence” that she has some Native American ancestry. The lineage may go back 10 generations, meaning Warren could be anywhere from 1/32nd Native American to 1/1024th Native American. Trump has repeatedly mocked Warren by calling her “Pocahontas,” and even promised to donate $1 million to charity if she could prove her Native American heritage. When confronted by a reporter about his promise, Trump replied, “I didn’t say that. You better read it again.” Dude, you gotta stop lying about stuff that is so easily disproven.

Love blossomed on Vietnam’s iteration of The Bachelor — between two female contestants. During one of the rose ceremonies (if you know, you know) contestant Minh Thu approached Truc Nhu, embraced her, and then made a grand proclamation to bachelor Nguyen Quoc: “I went into this competition to find love … But it isn’t you.” Then Thu and Nhu left together. The scene sent shockwaves through a country that has yet to give full recognition to same-sex unions, even though it lifted a ban on same-sex marriages in 2015. But Thu and Nhu are reportedly in a genuine relationship, and hey, this is an infinitely nicer story than the junk that recently went down on the U.S. Bachelor, not that we would know.

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