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Sen. Sanders’ Claims That Repealing the Death Tax Benefits Only the Rich Couldn’t Be Further from the Truth

Ted Cruz - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 18:32

Removal of the death tax will rid all Americans of unfair and unaffordable tax burden WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) tonight debated Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in a CNN Town Hall regarding tax reform. During the debate, Sen. Cruz called for eliminating the estate tax, also known as death tax, as a...Read More

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TTAG Daily Digest: Maryland Murderer Caught, #RejectTheNRA and a Very Happy Gun Owner

The Truth About Guns - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 18:00

Nabbed in Newark . . . Police: Suspect in 6 shootings in Maryland, Delaware, caught A suspect in shootings in Maryland and Delaware on Wednesday that left three people dead...

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Michigan State Police Under Fire for Stray Bullets

The Truth About Guns - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 17:00

Dean Weingarten writes [via]: Michigan police have launched is a stray bullet investigation in Northville Township. A round shattered a window on about the 10th or 11th of October,...

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Win a Henry Long Ranger Rifle in the Henry Repeating Arms Hunt With Henry Giveaway

The Truth About Guns - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 16:00

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Missing Vegas Massacre Security Guard Resurfaces…

The Daily Sheeple - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 15:09

Jesus Campos

The mystery is over. After vanishing since last Thursday, wounded Las Vegas security guard Jesus Campos has been found… On the set of ‘Ellen’.

As we noted previously, the general story of Campos’ disappearance appears to have been confirmed by ABC journalist Stephanie Wash, who tweeted Thursday evening:

Media scrum tonight as we learn security officer shot in Vegas attack, Jesus Campos’ whereabouts are unknown.”

“Jesus Campos was set to do 5 intvs tonight per union president, but they’ve lost contact. ‘We were in a room & we came out & he was gone,’” she also tweeted.

Then, David Hickey of the Security, Police, and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) told reporters Friday that he got a text the night before saying Jesus Campos was taken to a UMC Quick Care facility, though he did not specify where or whom the text came from.

A spokesperson at the UMC Quick Care, which has eight locations throughout the Las Vegas area, told Fox News on Monday that they had “heard nothing” about Campos visiting them.

And now, as Ellen herself tweeted this morning, we know where he is…

As The LA Times reports, Ellen DeGeneres’ television talk show is expected to broadcast the much-anticipated first interview with the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino security guard, who was the first shooting victim in the Oct. 1 massacre in Las Vegas.

In a recording of his appearance on “Ellen” obtained by the Las Vegas Review-JournalCampos, who said he was “doing better each day, slowly but surely,” confirmed he had called in when he was shot – before the full rampage began.

But he gave few other details that would answer nagging questions about the response of hotel security and Las Vegas police.

He said he called security dispatch to transfer his call to the building’s engineers, who sent an engineer to examine the door.

“At that time I heard what I assumed was drilling sounds,” Campos said. (Officials have said that Paddock appeared to be drilling into a wall inside his room for unknown reasons.) As Campos walked down the hall, away from Paddock’s suite, the outer door of the access room, which was unblocked, closed loudly behind him.

“I believe that’s what caught the shooter’s attention,” Campos said. “As I was walking down, I heard rapid fire, and at first I took cover.” The gunman was shooting through the door of his hotel suite. “I don’t know how he was shooting.”

Campos felt a “burning sensation” and went to lift his pant leg up and, seeing blood, realized he’d been shot.

“That’s when I called it in on my radio that shots had been fired,” Campos said. “I was going to say that I was hit, but I got on my cellphone just to clear that radio traffic for — they can coordinate the rest of the call.”

The photo of Campos holding a cane on the set Tuesday shows him alongside maintenance engineer Stephen Schuck, who was also shot at by the gunman on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel.

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New from Walther Arms: PPQ M2 Q4 TAC 9mm Handgun [VIDEO]

The Truth About Guns - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 15:00

Since disengaging from Smith & Wesson, Walther Arms has been going from strength to strength. Their PPQ pistols have won sales by dint of their superior (if funky looking) ergonomics,...

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Show Exposing Scientology Begins

The Daily Sheeple - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 15:00

Launch Of VIVA GLAM Celebrity Issue Hosted By Leah Remini

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Scientologists have started targeting advertisers on the show Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. Scientologists are writing emails to advertisers and sponsors in hopes of getting the docuseries canceled.

Leah Remini’s show, which airs on A&E, earned her an Emmy earlier this year. But she says she has been targeted by the church for speaking out.  As it has claimed in the past, The Church of Scientology says that Aftermath is inciting hatred against the church, even personal injury, and threats against its members. “To date, Remini’s reality show has led to some 500 documented threats of violence, death threats, acts of vandalism, and hate targeting the Church, its parishioners, and its leaders,” reads a Scientology-created website. “One came from a 13-year-old boy who posted a death threat against a Church leader after binge-watching Remini’s show.”

Remini, along with ex-elite Scientologist Mike Rinder, are in the midst of filming Season 2 of the popular exposé show. The docuseries is a bold take on the religion of Scientology and it seeks to tell the unheard stories of people who’ve managed to leave the religious organization. Along the way, the viewer gets some insight into Rinder’s and Remini’s experiences as well.

Both Rinder and Remini are now classified by the church as “Suppressive Persons” (SPs). SPs are people who seek to speak ill of Scientology. But and SP could also include any journalist looking to tell a negative story about the religion. The treatment that befalls SPs is meant to be so unbearable, and in some cases so completely life-ruining, that they’ll cease their crusade to bring down Scientology. But so far, Remini has persisted, and she doesn’t seem to mind speaking out.

The group of Scientologists behind the advertiser targeting, are called The Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination (STAND). STAND has been inundating companies with harshly worded letters. Companies among the recipients include Fiat Chrysler, Geico, and Anheuser-Busch.

“There is too much conflict and turmoil incited by people like Leah Remini, and it is time to not only cancel the show, but to air the truth, share the proven technology to help people better themselves and end the hatred she promotes,” reads one letter from “Gillian Christie” of Santa Barbara, California, dated September 18.

The three above-mentioned companies had no comment on the letters, and A&E didn’t provide access to Remini for her take, but it’s possible she’ll address it on the next episode of Aftermath. Often, at the beginning, Rinder and Remini run through Scientology’s replies to their latest episode, most likely for full disclosure.

A&E defended Aftermath, noting that it picked up an Emmy for outstanding informational series. It’s also the top-performing show on the channel in two years. “We are enormously proud of the quality and importance of the series, which was affirmed by the show’s recent Emmy win, and we intend to continue to share these brave stories with viewers,” a network spokesperson said in a statement.

The letters won’t likely stop Remini, who has said in the past that she intends for others to hear the stories of those who have left Scientology. “Don’t misunderstand me,” Remini said in the past. “People who know me know that I have a very big mouth, and I have been that way since I was a kid. But I never want to give the organization of Scientology the idea that anybody is scared of them. We are not. And the more they react in the way that they do, it makes me think we’re doing the right thing.”

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Gun Violence Would Plummet If We Just Called off the Drug War

The Daily Sheeple - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:53

With the horrific shooting that recently took place in Las Vegas, debates over gun control have been given center stage in our media and politics once again.

And while every pundit seems to have their own surefire way of combating gun violence, they all gloss over the elephant in the room. Which is, although mass shootings have taken on a repulsive popularity recently, the gun violence surrounding the War on Drugs has created more casualties than every mass shooting in the US combined.

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Fraud, Exploitation and Collusion: America’s Pharmaceutical Industry

The Daily Sheeple - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:16

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The rot within manifested by the pharmaceutical industry almost defies description. The theme this week is The Rot Within.

America’s Pharmaceutical industry takes pride of place in this week’s theme of The Rot Within, as the industry has raised fraud, exploitation and collusion to systemic perfection.

What other industry can routinely kill hundreds of thousands of Americans and suffer no blowback? Only recently has the toll of needless deaths from the opioid pandemic finally roused a comatose corporate media and bought-and-paid-for, see-no-evil Congress to wonder if maybe there should be some limits placed on Big Pharma and its drug distributors.

The Drug Industry’s Triumph Over the DEA (WaPo)

Explosive ’60 Minutes’ investigation finds Congress and drug companies worked to cripple DEA’s ability to fight opioid abuse

What other industry can raise prices any time it wants because, well, it can? Longtime correspondent/physician J.F. recently submitted a chart of medication price increases (below)–nothing special, nothing out of the ordinary, just the usual because we can price increases.

What other industry has such complete control over the federal government? Dr. J.F. reminded me that the law enacting Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage specifically prohibits the U.S. government from negotiating lower prices on the immense volume of medications it purchases through Medicare (not to mention the Medicaid and Veterans Administration programs).

J.F. also submitted this investigative report from CNN, The little red pill being pushed on the elderly.

Here’s the money-shot:

“The combination of two generic drugs that makes up Nuedexta — a cough suppressant and heart medication — was once available from specialty pharmacists willing to combine the ingredients for less than $1 a pill, according to a US Senate report on rising prescription drug prices. Now the FDA-approved medication costs as much as $12.60 a pill.”

If this isn’t fraud, exploitation and collusion, then what is it? Please don’t say “good old free-market capitalism,” because competition is nowhere in sight.

The pharmaceutical industry is a crony-capitalist cartel that buys whatever political influence it requires to maintain its power and profits. Isn’t it obvious? Or have we become so distracted and drugged that we no longer care?

Ho-hum, just another 20 times the rate of inflation increase in medication prices by Big Pharma: nothing to see here, folks, just move along and take your meds…

We’re number one! — in drug-induced deaths per million residents: isn’t it amazing that this raises no eyebrows at all in our “leadership” or the citizenry?

Can we be honest for a change, and just admit that profits are way more important in our status quo than a couple hundred thousand deaths in America’s permanent underclass?

The rot within manifested by the pharmaceutical industry almost defies description. That we tolerate this as business as usual (BAU) shows that ours is a society and economy afflicted with the sickness unto death.

‘Worse Than Big Tobacco’: How Big Pharma Fuels the Opioid Epidemic

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Gun Disarmament Training for People Who Know Nothing About Guns

The Truth About Guns - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:00

When it comes to real world self-defense techniques and tactics, knowledge is power. If you understand the nature of the threat you’re facing you can formulate a practical defense —...

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New Apocalypse Warning: ‘The Earth Will Crack’ On Halloween Day This Year - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:00


A YouTube channel is claiming to have evidence that points to Halloween day as the “end of time.” Those who have claimed October 31 will be the apocalypse have also said that on that day, “the Earth will crack.”

The real apocalypse will begin on October 31 when the “Earth will crack” according to conspiracy theorists, says The Express UK.  This year’s Halloween could be the scariest to date, and perhaps the last if doomsayers are to be believed. The YouTube channel End Time Prophecies claims that Jesus will return on October 31 and bring with him the end of the world, according to The Express UK. 

A more in-depth search of the YouTube channel End Time Prophecies netted only two videos, neither of which declare in the titles that Halloween will be the date of the apocalypse. The YouTube channel Armageddon News has several doomsday videos citing Biblical lore and symbolism, but again, that Halloween date could not be verified. The only source online, The Express UK, did not include any links to the video they sourced either, making the verification of information presented impossible to locate.

Nonetheless, many thought that the start of the “end of times” was symbolized by the galactic alignment which occurred September 23, and was the source of many doomsday theories; including one saying that Nibiru would destroy the earth that day.  Christian researcher David Meade claims to have analyzed biblical texts and astronomical signs and concluded that Planet X, as Nibiru is also known, would arrive and herald the end of days.

He referred to Revelation 12:1, which says: “A great sign appeared in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun with the moon under her feet and a crown of 12 stars on her head. And being with child, she cried out in her travail and was in anguish of delivery.”


“On the day which Jesus returns there will be a polar reversal,” the video claims. “Isaiah 24:20 says the earth will crack and shatter and split open. The Earth will stagger like a drunk, sway like a hut in a storm. The Earth is weighed down by its sins. It will collapse and never rise again,” the video stated according to The Express UK.

There has been a spate of end of the world predictions lately seemingly sparked by a series of natural tragedies such as hurricanes hitting America over the summer and the solar eclipse.  The recently passed Friday the 13th was also said by some to bring the apocalypse’s beginning as the asteroid known as 2012 TC4 flew past Earth. TC4 passed between the moon and the Earth at a breathtakingly close distance of just 4,200 miles from our planet.

A blog website ran by poet Mel Brake says the passing of the asteroid was a sign in the sky that ‘Mother Mary’ is to return and the apocalypse will begin. The website also stated accurately that October will mark the 100 year anniversary of “Our Lady of Fatima,” a phenomenon which took place in Portugal. In 1917, between May and October, three young Portuguese shepherds were said to have been visited by Mother Mary who provided them with visions of the apocalypse.  Others also witnessed “signs” that this occurrence was miraculous.

It looks like there may be some people who may believe the end of the world will occur on Halloween this year, although that cannot be confirmed based on the information so far presented.

Celebrities unite in new video to ‘reject the NRA and its dangerous agenda’

The Blaze - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:50

Celebrities like Julianne Moore and Sheryl Crow have teamed up in a brand-new public service announcement to urge Americans to “reject the National Rifle Association and its dangerous agenda” in the wake of the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas.

What’s in the video?

The latest entertainer-centric, anti-gun campaign for Everytown For Gun Safety featured the PSA, which specifically calls out the NRA and targets silencers and concealed carry permits.

A variety of celebrities appear on-screen, urging watchers to text “REJECT” to the Everytown group to support their cause.

The entertainers tell viewers that the gun control group will call those who text “REJECT” and provide them with contacts for their lawmakers, as well as provide them with a script on how to handle the call to their congressmen.

What is Everytown trying to tackle now?

One bill in particular that Everytown is concerned with is HR 38 — the “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017” — which would amend federal criminal code to allow people to carry concealed weapons in any state if they are eligible and qualified to do so in their home state.

Everytown, however, would have you believe that HR 38 would allow people to “carry hidden, loaded handguns in public throughout the country without ever getting a permit, passing a background check or receiving gun safety training.”

Another provision in HR 3668 — the “SHARE Act” — which would remove a federal tax from silencers and make it easier for qualified citizens to acquire silencers.

Everytown’s concern here would be that the SHARE Act “would make it easy for anyone — including domestic abusers and felons — to get a silencer.”

This 5-Year-Old Genius Is Very Passionate About Breathing

The Daily Sheeple - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:45

You do it every minute of every day, but do you ever really give much thought to the act of breathing?

Five-year-old boy genius Anson Wong has devoted a lot of his time to learning about this important function in the human body and shared what he learned in his series, “Anson’s Answers.”

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Trump in hot water with mother of fallen soldier for showing ‘disrespect’ to soldier’s family

The Blaze - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:35

President Donald Trump is in hot water with the family of a fallen soldier.

What happened?

On Tuesday, Trump called the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in Niger earlier this month, to offer his condolences for her husband’s death. She was on her way to Miami International Airport at the time to receive her husband’s body.

Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) was present for the call and alleged Trump told Myeshia Johnson that her husband “knew what he signed up for.”

The comment was the crux of controversy late Tuesday and early Wednesday after the Miami Herald published a story about Trump’s alleged remarks.

What did Trump say about it?

Trump denied making the remark. He wrote on Twitter that he has “proof” that he didn’t.

According to the Washington Post, Trump said Wednesday that Wilson is lying and she knows it. He said:

“I didn’t say what that congresswoman said; didn’t say it all. She knows it. I had a very nice conversation with the woman, with the wife who was — sounded like a lovely woman. Did not say what the congresswoman said, and most people aren’t too surprised to hear that,” he said.

Who is telling the truth?

If you ask Johnson’s mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, Wilson is telling the truth and Trump is not.

She told the Post that she also heard the phone call and heard Trump tell her daughter-in-law exactly what Wilson claimed.

“President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband,” Jones-Johnson said.

Bringing the Czech Uk.59 into the 21st Century: Marcolmar’s Beltfed UKM

The Firearm Blog - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:30

Marcolmar makes semi-automatic, legal copies of the Czech Uk.59, and similar copies of the Soviet PKM General Purpose Machine Gun. So why not clone the two together and bring the resulting creation into the 21st Century, with polymer furniture, an updated design, and Picatinny rails? Meet the UKM, Marcolmar’s attempt to bring civilians a legal […]

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NSSF/SAAMI Issue Joint Statement on the Las Vegas Incident

The Firearm Blog - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:20

NSSFThe National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has always been a catalyst for positive growth within the firearms industry in regards to protecting our 2nd Amendment rights and ensuring the future of the shooting sports. Typically, when our rights come under scrutiny, they are at the front lines for us with multiple other stalwart organizations. The […]

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‘Not inclusive’: Another elementary school bans Halloween parade; adults rip ‘political correctness’

The Blaze - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:10

Yet another elementary school has canceled its annual Halloween costume parade because it’s “not inclusive” — and adults who heard about the decision said it smacks of “political correctness.”

 WBZ-TV video screenshotImage source: WBZ-TV video screenshot

What did the school say?

  • The principal of Boyden Elementary School in Walpole, Massachusetts, told parents “…the costume parade is out of our ordinary routine and can be difficult for many students. Also, the parade is not inclusive of all the students and it is our goal each and every day to ensure all student’s individual differences are respected,” WBZ-TV reported.

What will the school do instead?

  • The school will have a Halloween party after school hours Friday but will celebrate “Black and Orange” spirit day on Halloween, the station reported.

How did adults react?

  • “I think it’s a lot of political correctness,” one Walpole woman told WBZ. “I think it’s a shame because Halloween is the funnest day of the year next to Christmas for children.”
  • “We have grandkids going to Boyden school. Wonderful school,” a grandmother of a student added to the station. “Halloween party should happen on Friday ’cause all the kids are excited.”
  • “Put a costume on. Parade down the street. Let ’em have their little time,” a Walpole man told WBZ. “Why do you have to turn it into something political?”
  • “I think they should go ahead and do it,” another man told the station. “It’s just a Halloween thing, that’s it.”

TheBlaze previously reported on similar Halloween bans this year at elementary schools in Needham, Massachusetts, and Waukesha, Wisconsin.

(H/T: The Daily Wire)

CNN Gets An FAA Waiver To Fly Drones Over Crowds

The Daily Sheeple - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:00


This is a new precedent for this kind of waiver. Previous exemptions allowed the flight of drones over people in closed set operations (like for filmmaking purposes) and only when tethered, with a max height of 21 feet. But now CNN has been awarded a waiver regarding its commercial drone operating license with the FAA.

This waiver/exemption allows CNN to fly its Vantage Robotics Snap drone over open-air crowds of people at altitudes of up to 150 feet, sparking privacy concerns. The new waiver, as secured through its legal counsel Hogan Lovells, allows for the flight of the Vantage UAV (which is quite small and light) above crowds regardless of population density. It was a big win for the firm and the company because it represents a change in perspective on the issue for the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), which previously viewed all requests for exceptions from a “worst-case scenario” point of view.

The FAA has now accepted CNN’s “reasonableness approach,” which takes into account not just the potential results of a crashed drone, but also the safe operating history of the company doing the flying, their built-in safety procedures, and the features included on the drone model itself that are designed to mitigate the results of any negative issues.

“This waiver signifies a critical step forward not only for CNN’s UAS operations but also the commercial UAS industry at large,” said David Vigilante, SVP of Legal for CNN.  “We are truly grateful to the FAA for allowing CNN to demonstrate its continued commitment to safe UAS operations.”

This could definitely be an asset to news gathering since a drone’s eye view of protests, demonstrations, and other large groups would indeed aid in telling the story. Drone use also means not having to locate and fly a helicopter whenever this is desired. Helicopters can cause a lot of damage in freefall into crowds which is why the new safety consideration by the FAA makes more sense than the one it replaces.

Only time will tell if this will end up violating the privacy rights of others. But knowing mainstream media outlets, that’s most likely a given.

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Ben Sasse ‘accidentally’ dumps a Dr Pepper on Ted Cruz during hearing — and things only got weirder

The Blaze - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:55

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) had a tongue-in-cheek Twitter feud on Wednesday during Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

During the hearing, after a tense exchange between Sessions and Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), Sasse began his line of questioning to Sessions with an apology.

“There was some drama there, sorry to have added to the drama and distracted you for a minute,” Sasse told Sessions. “I was paying enough attention there that I dumped a Dr  Pepper on Sen. Cruz. So that’s what was distracting us on this side of the dais.”

Cruz responded on Twitter, instructing his staff not to allow Sasse to take from their supply of Dr Pepper.

Sasse, asked if he really spilled the soda on Cruz “accidentally,” replied, “no comment.”

Sasse also responded to a Twitter user’s joke about President Donald Trump’s accusation that Cruz’s father, Rafael Cruz, was involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Cruz replied by alluding to an internet conspiracy theory that Cruz is the Zodiac Killer:

Sasse joked that the tweet contained clues about the assassination:

Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney alleges abuse by USA Olympic team doctor

The Blaze - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:40

Two-time Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney alleged early Wednesday in a tweet that she was sexually abused by former Michigan State and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

“It happened in London before my team and I won the gold medal, and it happened before I won my silver,” Maroney wrote in a letter she posted on Twitter.

Why is she sharing this now?

Maroney, who won team gold and individual silver in the vault as part of the famous “Fierce Five” U.S. Gymnastics team at the 2012 Olympics in London, said she was inspired by the #MeToo movement to share her story. The 21-year-old took to Twitter, where she wrote that she was abused from age 13 until she left the sport last year. Nassar was involved with USA Gymnastics for nearly three decades as a trainer and national medical coordinator.

Nassar is currently in prison in Michigan and awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography in July, according to the Daily Mail

“Dr. Nassar told me that I was receiving ‘medically necessary treatment that he had been performing on patients for over 30 years,'” Maroney wrote. “It started when I was 13 years old, at one of my first National Team training camps, in Texas, and it didn’t end until I left the sport. It seemed whenever and wherever this man could find the chance, I was ‘treated.'”

More than 125 women have filed lawsuits against Nassar, claiming he sexually assaulted them under the pretense of medical treatment, the New York Daily News reported. It’s not known whether Maroney is part of those lawsuits.

In one incident, Maroney said Nassar gave her a sleeping pill during a flight to Tokyo. When she woke up, she was alone with him in his hotel room.

“For me, the scariest night of my life happened when I was 15 years old,” Maroney wrote in her Twitter post. “… He’d given me a sleeping pill for the flight, and the next thing I know, I was all alone with him in his hotel room getting a ‘treatment.’ I thought I was going to die that night.”

Maroney also recalled watching the 2004 Olympics and deciding that she would one day compete.

“Sure, from the outside looking in, it’s an amazing story,” she said. “I did it. I got there, but not without a price.”

What’s the USA Gymnastics response?

In a statement to ABC News, the USA Gymnastics said it “admires the courage of those, like McKayla Maroney, who have come forward to share their personal experiences with sexual abuse. Because of their strength in coming forward, predators can be held accountable for their actions. We, like so many others, are outraged and disgusted by the conduct of which Larry Nassar is accused. We are sorry that any athlete has been harmed during her or his gymnastics career.”


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