The dam finally broke on Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) and the accusations of inappropriate sexual conduct forcing him to announce today that he would be stepping down from his position.
From Hollywood Reporter:
Franken made the announcement on Thursday, a day after his Senate colleagues called for him to step down.
Al Franken, who successfully made the jump from Saturday Night Live funnyman to media personality to United States senator, announced on Thursday that he’s leaving his seat “in the coming weeks” following a three-week-long wave of sexual misconduct allegations against him that saw his support in the chamber vanish.
“I know there’s been a very different picture of me painted over the last few weeks, but I know who I really am,” Franken said on the Senate floor. “Serving in the US Senate has been the great honor of my life. I know in my heart that nothing I have done as a senator, nothing, has brought dishonor on this institution.”
Franken repeated in his speech that “some of the allegations against aren’t true,” but said that women need to be listened to and believed.
So basically, you should believe women, but not the ones who accuse me. Hypocrite squared.
He also took the time to complain that it was unfair that he was getting penalized for his actions but President Donald Trump and Judge Roy Moore had not been.
From Daily Caller:
“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,” he said, “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,” Franken declared.
His decision came after an apparently calculated move by more than 30 of his Democratic colleagues, who yesterday called for his resignation.
That came after more women came forward alleging inappropriate conduct by Franken, including reporter Tina DuPuy and a Democratic congressional aide. The aide claimed that he forcibly kissed her saying that it was his ‘right’ to do so as an entertainer.
The wave of Democratic tweets calling for his resignation started all about the same time around 10:30 am EST, showing that it was clearly a coordinated move.
There has been clear evidence against Franken since the first allegation, which included photographic evidence of Franken appearing to grope LeeAnn Tweeden while she was asleep on a plane during a USO tour.
Speculation was rife was that with the continuing allegations, Democrats decided to throw him under the bus to try to seize the high ground and go after Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for Senate in Alabama who also faces allegations from forty years ago that involved inappropriate contact with teenagers.
That seemed clear from comments from liberal celebrities.
Hollywood’s reaction to Franken’s announcement was mixed. On Thursday morning, before he made the call, Bette Midler wrote: “The Dems are always ready to dump one of their own. The GOP stands behind every child molester and every harasser, including POTUS.”
Alyssa Milano compared Franken’s case to that of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused of inappropriately touching a minor but is expected to win this election. “At the very same time that we are asking Franken to resign from Senate — we are allowing an accused child molester to run for Senate,” she wrote.
Democrats had speculated on Franken possibly being a long shot possibility for President in 2020, but that seems pretty well done.
Franken said he would ‘resign in the coming weeks’ which was not an immediate resignation.
Democrats are likely trying to hold onto him as long as they can to keep his vote in Congress, again, a seemingly calculated move.
If he’s resigning, resign, don’t play political games.
[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama]