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Al Franken Resigns Amid Allegations Of Sexual Harassment
Facing several allegations of inappropriately touching women over the past decade or more, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) announced his resignation.
His departure will not be immediate, he said, but will occur within the “coming weeks.”
"In the coming weeks, I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate." – Sen. Al Franken
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) December 7, 2017
“During my time in the senate I have used my power to be a champion of women. I have earned a reputation as someone who respects the women I work alongside everyday,” he added.
Franken was initially accused by radio personality Leann Tweeden, who had said that Franken had inappropriately kissed her while doing a bit for a USO show before he was elected senator. Franken also posed with his hands outstretched toward Tweeden’s breasts, implying he was going to grab them, in a photo that showed Tweeden was sleeping at the time.
Franken apologized to Tweeden, saying he was sorry if he offended her, though he remembered the events differently. Tweeden also said that she didn’t want her accusation to force Franken out of office.
Yet after the initial accusation from her, more women came forward, claiming that Franken was inappropriate with them as well, including one woman who said he grabbed her by the buttocks without her consent.
Franken’s resignation is the right move for him to make. While the senator has had admirable political stances in the past, his behavior cannot be excused. The people of Minnesota deserve to have a senator that represents them in better ways than what Franken can provide.
Some on social media have suggested Franken should stay in office because other politicians who have been accused of harassment (including candidate Roy Moore and President Donald Trump) remain propped up by the Republican Party. But those objections are wrong: Democrats who have called on Franken to resign are showing why they are the true party of morality.
In the end, two wrongs don’t make a right — and the party leaders who have encouraged Franken to resign are justified in doing so.