On Thursday, Democratic U.S. Senator from Minnesota Al Franken announced that he was resigning, having faced significant pressure to do so from within his party after a steady stream of allegations of sexual misconduct against him emerged.
In his resignation speech, he fit in a jab at President Donald Trump, who stands credibly accused of decades of sexual harassment and assault, yet remains occupying the White House anyway.
‘I of all people am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving, while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party. But this decision is not about me. It’s about the people of Minnesota.’
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Sen. Al Franken: “There is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office.” https://t.co/Dg1QIytmqP pic.twitter.com/ZlT2Fs50Fw
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) December 7, 2017
The tide of allegations against Franken began with sports host Leeann Tweeden alleging that, while on an overseas tour putting on a show for U.S. soldiers with Franken, the then-not-yet Senator forced her to kiss him during a rehearsal for one of their skits. Tweeden hadn’t even been originally slated to act, but after Franken told her he had written a part for her into a skit, she agreed to go along with it — finding out that Franken took a scripted kiss between the two of them chillingly more seriously than she did during a rehearsal.
Disturbingly, Tweeden even had photographic evidence to show that Franken had behaved inappropriately towards her while on that tour. In the now widely circulated photo, Franken can be seen putting his hands on Tweeden’s chest while she was sleeping.
Franken’s initial response was to apologize to Tweeden, while disputing the details of their rehearsal, but the allegations against him kept rolling in.
All in all, eight women have alleged that they suffered mistreatment at Franken’s hands over the years, and after dozens of Democratic Senators called on him to resign, Franken did so on Thursday.
As Franken pointed out in his remarks, however, there are others in positions of political power who have not been held accountable for their credibly alleged crimes, not all of which are of the same nature as his own.
Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is credibly accused of preying on minors in his 30s, accused by one woman of assaulting her when she was just 14 years old.
Moore has claimed that the allegations are a part of some fantastical conspiracy and resisted calls to drop out of the race.
Thanks to the so-called leadership of Donald Trump, Moore has recently been able to again enjoy the support of his party, which had stepped back from him for a time.
Trump is credibly accused of a decades-long pattern of harassment and assault, allegations that are bolstered by a tape of him bragging of his supposed freedom to commit sexual assault because of his social standing.
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