There is something extremely unattractive about a poor winner, especially in the case of Donald Trump Jr. Democratic Senator Al Franken resigned today, even though, as he pointed out in his speech before the Senate, he may have given people the false impression that he was admitting to guilt. Then, Jr. smashed his expensive heel into the senator’s face.
When he was first accused, Al Franken asked for his case to work it way through the Ethics Committee, but he will not have that opportunity. His fellow Democratic senators, with the exception of the one who knows him the best, Amy Klobuchar also of Minnesota, sacrificed him on the altar of political advantage. Franken said in his speech:
‘I was shocked. I was upset. Wanted to be respectful…I also think it gave people the false impression that I was admitting to doing things that, in fact, I haven’t done.’
Only Franken and the women who accused him know the real story. Women must be believed, but this was about something else. The Minnesota senator took the bullet for his party, a party that never allowed him a jury.
The Democratic senators do not want to the drip, drip, drip of accusations to take away their position as the party of “zero tolerance.” That is only a claim they can make during the hotly contested Alabama race. A credible witness came forward in front of the television cameras and with nothing to gain charged that the Republican candidate, Roy Moore, sexually molested her when she was just 14-years-old and he was a district attorney in his 30s.
Donald Trump Jr.’s nasty and mean-spirited tweet was a takeoff on one of Franken’s more famous characters when he was a member of the cast of SNL (Saturday Night Live).
Jr.’s snide tweet was particularly offensive, because 20 women have come forward to accuse Donald Trump Sr. of sexually molesting him. A number of them have also filed suits against him. Even if these women are not believed, we have the president’s own confession on the bus with a Hollywood Access crew, as The Washington Post reported:
‘And I moved on her very heavily. In fact, I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get some furniture. I said, “I’ll show you where they have some nice furniture.” I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look.’
Trump continued on the bus:
‘And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. (Off-camera voice said “Whatever you want.”) Grab them by the p—y. You can do anything.’
The Republican plan of attack against their accusers is to deny, deny, deny, rather than own up to the error of their ways. Franken noted this irony:
‘I, of all people am aware that there is some irony that I am leaving while a man who’s 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.’
As Franken said, he will be fine. The real question is, will we?
This is Senator Franken’s Senate speech in its entirety below:
Featured Image via Getty Images/Mark Wilson.