Although Donald Trump still sits in the White House despite the 19 women who have accused him of sexual assault and sexual harassment, many other men have faced consequences for their actions thanks to the watershed #MeToo movement in which survivors are standing up to tell their stories.
One of the men who has faced tough consequences is Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), who resigned his Senate seat after five women came forward to say that he either groped or attempted to kiss them without consent. Although Franken agreed that an investigation by the House Committee on Ethics was warranted and his first accuser, Leighann Tweeden, told reporters that she accepted Franken’s apology and did not believe he should resign, calls for his ouster grew until the senator agreed to step down.
To date, no investigation has been agreed to against Donald Trump, who sits in the highest office in the land.
Now, an ex-GOP governor from Minnesota has spoken up in disagreement with Franken’s resignation. In his personal blog, Arne Carlson (R-MN), said that while believing victims and making a judgment on their claims is “human,” the rush to punishment disturbs him.
‘Being a victim can be painful but the answer to an injustice cannot be to create another injustice.
‘I am deeply troubled by the resignation of Al Franken and the complete absence of anything resembling due process…This is all very troubling. A rush to judgment is, unfortunately, all too human. But a rush to punishment is totally unacceptable.
‘Perhaps this is a time for reconsideration. We now know that the right wing attempted to plant a false accusation with the Washington Post. On the other side, we also know that an accuser against Roy Moore of Alabama fudged the truth in her allegations.
‘Further, we know that Senate Democrats who asked for Franken’s resignation may have been motivated more by the politics of the Alabama Senate race than the seriousness of the allegations.’
The GOP ex-governor cited concerns that Franken’s first accuser may have been coached by Trump’s longtime political adviser and “dirty trickster” Roger Stone, who certainly seemed to have prior knowledge that the claim was coming when he tweeted from his now-suspended account the night before anyone else knew about them.
Celebrity actor Tom Arnold, who says he is a friend of Tweeden’s, believes she was coached by Stone and the right-wing co-anchor she works with at her KABC radio show, John Phillips.
Phillips responded, using the defense that Arnold spelled Tweedon’s last name incorrectly and is not as good an actor as his ex-wife (because somehow that’s important).
Carlson’s words come on the same day that three of President Trump’s 19 accusers spoke at a press conference to call for the same process of investigating Trump that Carlson is calling for in the case of Sen. Franken. While the women said that they did not believe Trump would ever resign, they all agreed that some kind of investigation was warranted.
To read Carlson’s full blog post, click here.
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