A disgruntled former Sen. Al Franken announced his resignation after facing overwhelming pressures from sexual assault allegations. However, before he leaves, he took a shot a Trump that everyone is talking about.
In early October 2017, the allegations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein caused a shift in culture, where individuals felt much more encouraged to speak out against the sexual abuses they have experienced.
These recent allegations have revealed a system that has been seemingly complicit in dampening the severity of acts of sexual misconduct, harassment, and assault. Notably, people in positions of power have been the perpetrators of these sexual abuses, The list of those accused includes major entertainment names, but now also includes politicians at both the state and federal level.
Democrat and Republican politicians are now struggling with the emerging sexual harassment allegations. Officials from the legislative, executive and judicial branches have been accused. The expanding list currently includes Trent Franks, John Conyers, Roy Moore, Clarence Thomas, and more.
Current and former White House officials have also been accused of sexual harassment. Former President George H.W. Bush was accused of sexual harassment in late October. The current president, President Donald Trump, has been accused of sexual harassment and has been caught on tape bragging about sexually assaulting women, claiming that with power, women let you do anything to them, including “[grabbing] 'em by the pussy.”
Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) is among those accused. He was accused by at least seven women of groping, forcible kissing, and unwanted advances.
Many of these politicians, including Franken, received requests to resign from their positions due to these allegations. Franken held out, but on December 7th, he announced on the Senate floor that he would be resigning.
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Franken has fired back, pointing out the “irony” in the fact that he is resigning from his seat in the Senate, while a man who has “bragged” about sexual harassment is the current president.
He stated, “I of all people am aware that 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 and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party,” clearly referring to the leaked Access Hollywood tape and the accusations surrounding Trump.
He continued, “But this decision is not about me. It's about the people of Minnesota.”
Furthermore, Franken also made a reference to the Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexual misconduct. While various women have accused Moore of sexual harassment, Moore continues to deny the allegations. President Trump has remained supportive of Moore.
Franken's decision to step down coincided with the Democrats' ceasing of support for a Minnesota colleague. There is now a significant trend in which accused politicians are buckling under the pressure of sexual harassment allegations and peer requests to resign.
H/T: The Hill