Minnesota Senator Al Franken is leaving the Senate at the end of the year. His supporters will surely claim he was being responsible for his actions. But his less-than-gracious speech had more do with slamming President Trump and his victims than it did about responsibility.
Over the last several weeks, several women have come forward to accuse Franken of sexual misconduct. At least two of the women, Leeann Tweeden and Lindsay Menz, provided photographic evidence to back-up their allegations.
The senator apologized to his victims, saying he felt “badly” for offending them. Despite his half-hearted apology, and calls from top Democrats like Nancy Pelosi to step-down, Franken initially refused to resign from his position.
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and minority leader Chuck Schumer called for an ethics investigation into the accusations. Before the committee could complete their investigation, additional women came forward to accuse Franken. On Thursday, he heeded calls to resign.
Sorry Not Sorry
Not surprisingly, the embattled lawmaker showed no remorse or accountability in his unapologetic speech. In fact, rather than standing up and being a man, he stooped down low.
“Over the last few weeks, a number of women have come forward to talk about how they felt my actions had affected them. I was shocked. I was upset. But in responding to their claim, I also wanted to be respectful of that broader conversation. Because all women deserve to be heard and their experiences taken seriously. I think that was the right thing to do.”
Franken should’ve stopped his speech right there. But, he didn’t. “I also think it gave some people the false impression that I was admitting to doing things that in fact I haven’t done,” he continued. “Some of the allegations against me are simply not true. Others I remember very differently.”
What was most shocking, was the fact Franken couldn’t help but take a parting shot at President Trump and Roy Moore. “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 repeatedly preyed on young girls, campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party,” he concluded.
Now we know why the president called him, “Senator Frankenstein.”