In the three weeks since he was first accused of groping women, Democratic Minnesota Sen. Al Franken offered a litany of excuses instead of taking responsibility for his alleged behavior, even as more accusers stepped forward.
Franken resigned on the Senate floor Thursday after eight women came forward to accuse him of groping or forcibly kissing them. Six of those women accused him of groping their butts or breasts.
Even as he announced his resignation on Thursday, Franken claimed that “some of the allegations are simply not true,” and that he remembered the other accusations differently. He has consistently claimed to have no memory of the incidents when the alleged groping took place, despite offering excuses for doing so.
In response to Leeann Tweeden, who accused Franken of forcibly kissing her and then later groping her while she was asleep, he seemed to indicate that he should be held to a lower standard because he used to be a comedian, while claiming that he remembered things differently.
“Coming from the world of comedy, I’ve told and written a lot of jokes that I once thought were funny but later came to realize were just plain offensive. But the intentions behind my actions aren’t the point at all. It’s the impact these jokes had on others that matters. And I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to come to terms with that,” Franken said.
“While I don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit as Leeann does, I understand why we need to listen to and believe women’s experiences.”
The Democratic senator repeatedly touted his feminist credentials, claiming to be a “champion of women” and saying, “I respect women. I don’t respect men who don’t.”
He reiterated this claim while announcing his resignation on Thursday.
“I am proud that during my time in the Senate, I have used my power to be a champion of women,” Franken said. “And that I have earned a reputation as someone who respects the women I work alongside every day.”
If that is what he believes and if he believes he is doing the People’s work, why doesn’t he stand and fight? Because it would be nasty, bad for him and he would lose. THAT’S why. He’s lying scum.
If he is “from the world of comedy” and simply doesn’t know any better, how did he become a Senator? Oh yeah… that’s right. He’s a liberal. EXTREMELY low bar.
Is there no penalty for standing before the Senate and slandering the President of the United States? Not for a liberal, I guess.
Note well, not, I am resigning.
I WILL be resigning…….maybe.
If Judge Roy Moore gets elected, then seated, and Al hasn’t yet resigned, I bet he won’t.