Here’s the perfect response to Kavanaugh defenders who say he was ‘just a kid.’

The scary truth about political tribalism is that it can cause people to rationalize truly terrible acts.

Over the past two years, political tribalism has led conservatives to chalk up Donald Trump’s admission that he sexually assaults women to “locker room talk.” It’s also given people reason to defend an alleged pedophile, Alabama senatorial candidate Roy Moore.

It's hard to believe that anyone would have defended Trump's behavior if he was just the host of "The Apprentice" or if Moore he wasn't a combatant in the political arena.


And, most recently, people are making excuses for the alleged sexual assaults committed by Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

In a recent tweet thread, writer, activist, and editorial director at Crush the Midterms, Marisa Kabas perfectly picked apart the excuses made by some of Kavanaugh's supporters.

While some simply don’t believe the allegations, many have made excuses for his alleged behavior, claiming he was “just a boy” and that what he did “shouldn't ruin his life.”

But when they do so, they are neglecting the most important person in the story, the victim.

Kabas' tweet threat inspired many passionate responses.

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Last month, the Chicago Public Library system became the largest in the country to eliminate late fees thanks to Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot.

While the move, which was implemented October 1, was intended to "remove unfair barriers to basic library access, especially for youth and low-income patrons," it had another positive outcome. Since the removal of overdue fees, along with the elimination of any outstanding charges on people's accounts, libraries across the city saw a surge in the return of overdue books over the last several weeks.

"The amount of books returned has increased by 240 percent…We're very, very happy to have that. … Those books have a value and cost money to buy. We want those assets back. We also want the patron to come back," Library Commissioner Andrea Telli said at a City Council budget hearing, the Chicago-Sun Times reports.

According to a press release from Lightfoot, late fees rarely have the impact they're intended to. "Research from other fine-free systems has indicated that fines do not increase return rates, and further that the cost of collecting and maintaining overdue fees often outweighs the revenue generated by them."

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The duo started with 1940's "When You Wish Upon a Star" and ended with 2013's "Let it Go" from "Frozen."

Bell will reprise her role as Anna in Disney's upcoming "Frozen 2."

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We all know that social media can be a cesspool of trolly negativity, but sometimes a story comes along that totally restores your faith in the whole thing. Enter the KFC proposal that started off being mocked and ended up with a swarm of support from individuals and companies who united to give the couple an experience to remember.

Facebook user Tae Spears shared the story with screenshots from Twitter, and the response has been overwhelming.

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Madison Square Garden in New York City is known for having hosted some legendary performances. George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh in '71, Billy Joel's 12 sellouts in '06, and Carmelo Anthony's 62 points in a 2014 victory against the Charlotte Bobcats, just to name a few.

But it's hard to imagine one person holding the legendary arena in the palm of their hand quite like Pete DuPré, better known as "Harmonica Pete," did on Veterans Day.

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