Pelosi once said GOP paralyzed by ‘hatred’ during Clinton impeachment

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., lost her temper Thursday at a reporter who asked her if she hated President Trump — but past footage from the 1990s shows the congresswoman accusing Republicans of the same thing.

When then-President Bill Clinton was being impeached in 1998, she accused Republicans of impeaching with “vengeance” and being “paralyzed with hatred” of the Democratic president.

“Today the Republican majority is not judging the president with fairness, but impeaching him with a vengeance,” then-House Minority Leader Pelosi declared in December 1998.

She continued, “In the investigation of the president, fundamental principles which Americans hold dear – fairness, privacy, checks and balances – have been seriously violated, and why? Because we are here today because the Republicans in the House are paralyzed with hatred of President Clinton. … Until the Republicans free themselves of that hatred, our country will suffer.”

On Thursday, she snapped at Sinclair’s James Rosen – a former Fox News correspondent – when he asked if she hates Trump. The sharp moment came at a press conference when Pelosi announced that the president’s conduct in relation to Ukraine “leaves us no choice but to act” and proceed with articles of impeachment.

“As a Catholic, I resent your using the word hate in a sentence that addresses me. I don’t hate anyone. I was raised in a way that is a heart full of love and always pray for the president. And I still pray for the president. And I pray for the president all the time, so don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that,” Pelosi told Rosen.

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The exchange, replete with Pelosi pointing her finger at Rosen, was quickly seized on by Republicans. Trump accused her of having a “nervous fit,” while his reelection campaign posted a mockup video of her shooting lightning out of her fingers in the style of Star Wars’ Emperor Palpatine.

Pelosi isn’t the only Democrat to have changed her tune on matters related to impeachment.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., who is now leading the impeachment proceedings after taking over from the House Intelligence Committee, has been asked by Pelosi to proceed with articles of impeachment.

But in 1998, Nadler warned that impeachment would “overturn the popular will of the voters” and urged lawmakers not to impeach unless there was bipartisan consensus and overwhelming popular support.

“The effect of impeachment is to overturn the popular will of the voters,” Nadler said on the House floor during the Clinton impeachment hearings. “We must not overturn an election and remove a president from office except to defend our system of government or constitutional liberties against a dire threat, and we must not do so without an overwhelming consensus of the American people.”

Fox New’ David Montanaro and Sam Dorman contributed to this report.

Starbucks relaxes dress code; employees say they’re now allowed to wear formerly banned accessory

Don’t be surprised if your Starbucks baristas start sporting some new facial accessories this week.

The coffee chain confirmed to Fox News that it has updated its dress code to allow employees, or “partners,” as Starbucks calls them, to “bring their whole selves to work.”

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Starbucks did not specify what, exactly, it was changing about its current dress code policy, but reports indicate that baristas will now be allowed to wear one facial piercing of their choosing, but no larger than a dime, according to documents reportedly obtained by Business Insider.

Many Starbucks employees took the new guidelines to mean that septum piercings, which were previously not allowed, would be acceptable.

Many Starbucks employees took the new guidelines to mean that septum piercings, which were previously not allowed, would be acceptable. (iStock)

Starbucks’ former policy allowed only earrings, small earplugs, or a small nose stud, according to the last Dress Code Look Book.

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Starbucks employees on Twitter began circulating the news after apparently learning of the new dress code through work; however, some understood the biggest change to mean that septum piercings — or jewelry worn between the dividing wall between the nostrils — were now allowed.

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Starbucks, meanwhile, has yet to confirm the exact language from the new guidelines.

“We believe the Starbucks Experience is best delivered when partners can bring their whole selves to work,” a Starbucks spokesperson said to Fox News. “Based on partner feedback, we have simplified our resources and approach to dress code to provide more clarity and make it easier for partners to select their wardrobe for work.”

Starbucks last relaxed its dress code in 2016, allowing partners to wear dark or “subdued” colors and muted patterns, as opposed to just solid black or white. The last iteration also lists that hair could be dyed any color so long as it’s “clean, brushed and kept back from the face.” Tattoos, too, are allowed, if they’re not seen on the face or neck, and don’t “contain obscene, profane, racist, sexual, or objectionable words or imagery.”

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Starbucks’ latest policy is said to have gone into effect on Monday, Dec. 2, according to employees on social media.

Seattle Seahawks’ Rashaad Penny was gifted touchdown vs. Minnesota Vikings

The Seattle Seahawks have shown they can beat teams in the air and on the ground this season and there appears to be a deeper relationship between their two running backs than what’s seen on the field.

On the first drive in the third quarter of the Seahawks’ win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night, Chris Carson got the team within scoring distance with a 25-yard run. He then subbed himself out of the game to give Rashaad Penny a chance to score a touchdown. Penny was confused by the gesture.

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“I was surprised [Carson] actually told me to come in at the 1-yard line,” Penny told reporters Monday night, according to the Seattle Times. “Because I’m not the 1-yard running back. But that shows you how much he cares and how much love there is between me and him.”

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With the emergence of both players this season, the Seahawks were thought to have a running back controversy on their hands. Carson has 981 rushing yards this season with five touchdowns and Penny has 370 rushing yards with three touchdowns this season.

Carson, however, downplayed any notion of a controversy, according to NBC Sports Northwest.

“It’s great,” he said. “We have two different running styles, so it keeps the defense on their toes. They don’t know what to expect. Rashaad has been practicing so hard these last few weeks, really since training camp. He’s just trying to get his feel of the game, and it’s starting to show up.”

Penny added: “It’s a brotherhood. Everybody thinks we’re supposed to hate each other. This is literally love in the backfield.”

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Seattle’s win over Minnesota pushed them into the top spot of the NFC. Seattle is 10-2 this season. They play the Los Angeles Rams on the road this coming Sunday.

Gabrielle Union exit latest NBC debacle, points to ‘massive problem’ at Peacock Network, critics say

After months of withering criticism over a litany of #metoo allegations — from spiking sex assault stories to covering up for inexcusable in-house behavior — NBC is under fire yet again for “protecting powerful men,” this time over the way it handled now-former “America’s Got Talent” judge Gabrielle Union’s controversial departure from the top-rated show.

Variety reported last month that the actress had spoken out against the alleged “toxic” workplace culture at the show before being shown the door, which critics now suggest was an unjust firing.

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Linda Vester, an ex-NBC correspondent and former Fox News anchor who has emerged as a #MeToo advocate after accusing NBC News legend Tom Brokaw of sexual misconduct (a claim he denies), has repeatedly called for NBC to investigate the network’s laundry list of alleged cultural issues.

Gabrielle Union’s departure from NBC’s "America's Got Talent" is the latest in a series of issues at the Peacock Network. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic)

Gabrielle Union’s departure from NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” is the latest in a series of issues at the Peacock Network. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic)

“I think it’s pretty clear that NBC has a massive problem,” Vester told Fox News.

Union reportedly was subject to various racially-motivated criticisms and didn’t appreciate a racially insensitive joke made by Jay Leno on set. She allegedly urged producers to report the incident to NBC’s human resources department – but the request went ignored.

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In recent memory, NBC has been accused of covering for alleged sexual predator Harvey Weinstein, turning a blind eye to former “Today” host Matt Lauer’s sexual misconduct, sitting on the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape of Donald Trump making lewd comment about women, and shutting down author Sil Lai Abrams’ rape and sexual assault claims, among other allegations.

NBC's Andy Lack, Matt Lauer and Noah Oppenheim were all key figures in Ronan Farrow’s “Catch and Kill.”

NBC’s Andy Lack, Matt Lauer and Noah Oppenheim were all key figures in Ronan Farrow’s “Catch and Kill.”

NBC has denied wrongdoing at every turn, but Vester sees a pervasive issue at the Peacock Network.

“Gabrielle Union is just the latest victim of a toxic pattern of protecting powerful men while silencing women who dare to seek accountability. This is happening in the entertainment division, the news division, the stations division, and on and on,” Vester said.

As negative headlines began to surface and Time’s Up, a prominent women’s advocacy groupslammed NBC for repeatedly “protecting powerful men,” Deadline reported late Monday that Union will speak with NBC executives to discuss the latest scandal.

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NBC did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation.

Vester feels “NBC is rushing to quiet the furor about its culture problem” by meeting with Union directly.

NBC has been accused of covering for alleged sexual predator Harvey Weinstein(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

NBC has been accused of covering for alleged sexual predator Harvey Weinstein(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

“Hopefully she’ll use the meeting to demand that the network do right by the non-famous female employees in other divisions who are being harassed, discriminated against and retaliated against right now. It’s not just about Gabrielle and ‘AGT,’ it’s all over the network,” Vester said.

Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren recently signed a letter urging the Democratic National Committee to hold NBC accountable for its “toxic culture” after a series of sexual harassment scandals ahead of its Democratic primary debate last month – specifically related to Weinstein and Lauer. The 2020 Democratic candidates failed to force any changes at the network.

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After the Weinstein and Lauer bombshells were reported in 2017, NBC News chairman Andy Lack and his top deputy, Noah Oppenheim, famously refused to hire an outside investigator to determine who knew about Lauer’s alleged sexual misconduct and whether NBC executives looked the other way.

NBC relied on in-house general counsel Kim Harris despite widespread calls for an outside law firm to conduct the review. She declared that management was completely oblivious.

UltraViolet, a leading national women’s organization, has led protests outside NBC’s New York City headquarters urging an independent investigation – to no avail.

While many NBC critics focus on alleged sexual misconduct issues, Union’s supporters are determined to put a spotlight on discrimination, too.

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“For too long, NBCUniversal has enabled toxic workplaces by protecting the careers of powerful men like [former ‘Today’ host] Matt Lauer at the expense of women who speak out and are silenced through non-disclosure agreements,” Time’s Up stated in a petition on Monday. “Now, Gabrielle Union was allegedly fired for speaking up about racist and inappropriate behavior she encountered working on NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent.’ Union reportedly endured and witnessed racially-insensitive comments and excessive criticism about her physical appearance, and it also appears she was punished for speaking out.”

Famed television producer Shonda Rhimes tweeted her support for Union, saying “discrimination, harassment & retaliation” have no place at the network.

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“I’m joining @TIMESUPNOW in calling on NBC’s leadership to take concrete and long-term action to fix its toxic culture,” Rhimes wrote.

"AGT" hosts Howie Mandel, Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough, and Simon Cowell. (Trae Patton/NBC)

“AGT” hosts Howie Mandel, Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough, and Simon Cowell. (Trae Patton/NBC)

Production company Fremantle, NBC and Simon Cowell’s production company, Syco Entertainment, told People, “’America’s Got Talent’ has a long history of inclusivity and diversity in both our talent and the acts championed by the show.”

“The judging and host line-up has been regularly refreshed over the years and that is one of the reasons for AGT’s enduring popularity. NBC and the producers take any issues on set seriously,” the statement continued.

Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

Trump rips Dems for holding impeachment hearing amid NATO trip

President Trump blasted Democrats on Monday for launching the next phase in their impeachment inquiry just as he was scheduled to be overseas at a NATO meeting.

The president made the remarks as he left Washington for London on the scheduled trip — one that created an obvious scheduling conflict when House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.,  invited Trump to participate in his committee’s first impeachment hearing on Wednesday. The president has declined the offer, and suggested Wednesday that Democrats were well aware of the timing.

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“So the Democrats, the radical left Democrats, the do-nothing Democrats decided when I’m going to NATO, which was set up a year ago, that when I’m going to NATO that was the exact time,” Trump said, noting that his NATO trip is “one of the most important journeys” of his.

Trump said that the impeachment efforts are “a hoax to start off with,” and pointed to a new interview with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that he claims supports his case. Trump is accused of pressuring Zelensky into investigating Democratic activities during the 2016 election as well as former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter, allegedly withholding military aid to Ukraine as leverage.

Trump and Zelensky have both insisted that no pressure was applied. In the recent interview, Zelensky criticized Trump’s decision to delay the aid but again stated that no quid pro quo was discussed between them.

“The Ukrainian president came out and said very strongly that President Trump did absolutely nothing wrong. That should be case over,” Trump said, before adding, “But it will never end it because they want to do what they want to do.”

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Trump noted that Republicans have united behind him during the impeachment inquiry, and predicted that ultimately “it’s going to be a tremendous boon” for the GOP, despite saying that “in other ways, it’s a disgrace.”

Nadler did give Trump the option of sending counsel to represent him at Wednesday’s hearing, but Trump told reporters he would not do so “because the whole thing is a hoax, everybody knows it.”

In a Sunday letter, White House counsel Pat Cipollone also accused Nadler of strategically timing Wednesday’s hearing for when Trump is away.

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“You scheduled this hearing—no doubt purposely—during the time that you know the President will be out of the country attending the NATO Leaders Meeting in London,” Cipollone wrote.

“As for the hearing scheduled for December 4, we cannot fairly be expected to participate in a hearing while the witnesses are yet to be named and while it remains unclear whether the Judiciary Committee will afford the president a fair process through additional hearings,” Cipollone continued. “More importantly, an invitation to an academic discussion with law professors does not begin to provide the President with any semblance of a fair process. Accordingly, under the current circumstances, we do not intend to participate in your Wednesday hearing.”

Airbnb renter returns home to find priceless family heirlooms missing, children’s homework left behind

Some things can’t be replaced.

A Georgia woman says that she found her home ransacked after renting it out on Airbnb for a week. They say that their doorbell camera caught the guests removing priceless items and family heirlooms from the property.

Wendolyn Warren says she returned home to find a total of 28 items missing from her house, WSB TV reports. Among the missing items were reportedly wall-mounted TVs and silverware that was owned by her grandfather. Warren says that some of the missing items were stored behind a locked door.

She also says that she found writing on a mirror in lipstick.

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When she checked her doorbell camera’s footage, she saw what appeared to be a man attempting to block the camera’s view while a woman loaded items into a car. Other footage also appears to show a woman wearing a coat that belonged to Warren’s 91-year-old grandmother.

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Apparently, children were also staying at the house. Warren says she found stuffed toys and homework left behind. Some of the items left behind reportedly had the guests’ full names on them, prompting Warren to turn them over to the police.

Local authorities are investigating the incident.

“I hope I can get my heirlooms back,” Warren told WSB TV. “I can buy a TV, but I need my heirlooms back. I can’t buy that.”

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In a statement obtained by ABC News, a spokesperson for Airbnb said, “We are appalled by the reported behavior and are quickly working with the host to initiate a claim through our $1 Million Host Guarantee.”

Ohio zoo welcomes polar bear cub born on Thanksgiving Day

An Ohio zoo has released photos and video of a polar bear cub born on Thanksgiving Day.

The cub was observed being born at 12:43 a.m. Thursday from mounted cameras, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium announced.

“The #Columbus Zoo is #thankful to welcome a new polar bear cub born on Thanksgiving Day at 12:43a to mother Aurora and father, Lee!,” the zoo said on Twitter. “Aurora is being an attentive mom, and the Animal Care team has observed the cub nursing in the private den.”

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The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium welcomed a new polar bear cub this Thanksgiving. The zoo said the cub was born Thursday at 12:43 a.m.

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium welcomed a new polar bear cub this Thanksgiving. The zoo said the cub was born Thursday at 12:43 a.m. (Columbus Zoo)

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The 13-year-old Aurora has mothered three other cubs, however this is her first cub with 20-year-old Lee, Fox 8 Cleveland reported.

Lee arrived at the Columbus Zoo from Denver Zoo on November 7, 2018, a move urged by The Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan, the station reported.

Aurora, the polar bear who gave birth to a cub on Thanksgiving Day at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, was being an attentive mom. 

Aurora, the polar bear who gave birth to a cub on Thanksgiving Day at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, was being an attentive mom.  (Columbus Zoo )

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The program is designed to maximize genetic diversity and increase the population sustainability of threatened and endangered species in human care, according to the station.

Diane Kruger shows rare photo of daughter on vacation with Norman Reedus

Diane Kruger admitted she has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season.

The actress, 43, shared a rare photo Thursday on Instagram of her daughter and partner, Norman Reedus, while enjoying a beach vacation.

“I know you won’t remember these walks and you won’t remember these ‘talks,’ but I hope that you’ll always remember how much you’re loved and how thankful we are to have you in our lives little one,” she captioned the photo.

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“And how grateful I’ll always be to @bigbaldhead to have given me such a wonderful gift and to walk with me hand in hand ♥️ from my family to yours Happy Thanksgiving.”

Reedus posted his own family photo on his account showing a frazzled Kruger with their daughter on an airplane. “VACAY!!!” he joked.

The couple has been public about their relationship since 2017 and welcomed their daughter in November 2018 except they haven’t shared any details about her name or birth and prefer to keep it that way.

Kruger keeps her child’s face out of photographs and asked fans to do the same after paparazzi pics were taken without Kruger’s permission.

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“Dear fans, dear non fans, dear paparazzi and anyone with a conscience. We were just tagged in these paparazzi pictures of me and our daughter. These pictures were taken without our consent and expose a vulnerable and innocent baby,” the “Inglourious Basterds” star wrote.

“While we understand that some people would like to see a picture of our daughter, we as parents, want nothing more than allow her to grow up in privacy and safety,” she added. “Me and @bigbaldhead would kindly ask you not to repost these pictures and help us achieve that goal.”

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“Whoever has already posted them, please take them down. Please put yourself in our shoes. We are just like any parent wanting the very best for our child. Thank you for your support.”

Newt Gingrich: Native American women and girls are under attack

As we come together with friends and family on Thanksgiving, we should all recognize that many in America – including those indigenous peoples with whom the Pilgrims shared the first Thanksgiving – have little to celebrate.

In addition to widespread poverty, insufficient health care and a host of other challenges, Native American communities in our country face persistent, egregious violence. In fact, Attorney General William Barr this week has done the country a badly needed service by pointing out that there is a virtual war against Native American women.

Before you think “war” is too strong a term, consider these facts.

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According to The Associated Press, the Urban Indian Health Institute reported 5,712 indigenous women were murdered or went missing in 2016 alone. Of that staggering number, only 116 were listed in a U.S. Department of Justice database tracking such statistics.

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Further, the National Institute of Justice estimated that 1.5 million Native American women have experienced violence in their lives – and more than half experienced sexual violence.

No American can be comfortable with a level of violence that affects more than 1 million women. It should be completely unacceptable that of the 5,712 cases of missing and murdered Native American girls, only 2 percent – one out of every 50 cases – makes it to the Justice Department database.

According to Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., who is himself a tribal member, 2016 National Institute of Justice reports reveal even more grim figures – estimating that more than four out of five Native American women have experienced violence, with more than half experiencing sexual violence.

As Cole put it: “Native women are more than one-and-a-half times more likely than White women to have experienced violence in the past year. Even more chilling, Native women face murder rates more than 10 times the national average in some parts of the country.”

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Cole went on to point out that 96 percent of those who had been sexually assaulted were attacked by non-Native Americans.

Cole and others are taking steps to protect Native American girls and women.

As Cole wrote recently:

“I was proud to join with several of my House colleagues to introduce the Bridging Agency Data Gaps and Ensuring Safety (BADGES) for Native Communities Act. This bipartisan legislation addresses inefficiencies in federal criminal databases and increases tribal access to those databases.

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“In response to the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women, the BADGES Act also rightly seeks to improve public data on those cases while promoting more efficient recruitment and retention of Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) law enforcement. Moreover, the legislation would provide tribes with resources to improve public safety coordination between their governments, states and federal agencies.”

Take a minute this holiday season while celebrating with family and friends and let your representative and your senators know that you want action taken to protect these vulnerable girls and women.

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Girl Scouts say girls don’t ‘owe anyone a hug’ in post about consent, physical affection

The Girl Scouts is reminding its members they don’t “owe anyone a hug” ahead of the holiday season — declaring it could give impressionable children “the wrong idea about consent and physical affection.”

The youth organization for girls published a post online that explains such actions, like giving an uncle a “big hug” or giving an aunt who just gave a child a present a kiss as a thank you, “can set the stage for her questioning whether she ‘owes’ another person any type of physical affection” later in life.

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“The notion of consent may seem very grown-up and like something that doesn’t pertain to children,” Dr. Andrea Bastiani Archibald, the Girl Scouts’ developmental psychologist, said in a statement. “But the lessons girls learn when they’re young about setting physical boundaries and expecting them to be respected last a lifetime, and can influence how she feels about herself and her body as she gets older.”

Bastiani added, “Plus, sadly, we know that some adults prey on children, and teaching your daughter about consent early on can help her understand her rights, know when lines are being crossed, and when to go to you for help.”

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The post urges parents and guardians to “give your girl the space to decide when and how she wants to show affection,” as many children “may naturally want to hug and kiss family members, friends, and neighbors.”

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Allowing children the freedom to decide whether they want to show affection to loved ones during the holiday season “doesn’t give her license to be rude,” however, and children can show affection and thankfulness in other ways that don’t require physical touch, the organization wrote.

Girl Scouts says girls don't "owe anyone a hug," saying it could give impressionable children "the wrong idea about consent and physical affection."

Girl Scouts says girls don’t “owe anyone a hug,” saying it could give impressionable children “the wrong idea about consent and physical affection.” (iStock)

Reactions to the Girl Scouts’ Facebook post on Monday were positive, with many writing they wish this was general practice when they were kids themselves. One woman wrote: “My grandma was a huge proponent of this thought. Glad we learned early that our bodies are ours.”

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“I ask my kids to say hi/goodbye. It is up to them if they want to provide a hug. And our family knows better than to push it,” another commenter said. “I love this and it definitely applies to all children,” someone else wrote.

Others, however, wrote online that girls do need to give physical attention to family members, saying, “reminder yes she does. It’s called respect, thankfulness, and appreciation for your family” and “Reminder: Until she pays the bills in this house, she will hug her grandparents and she will like it.”