First Conyers, and now Franken. Democrats are maintaining their moral high ground and are now calling on Senator Al Franken to resign. The accusations started several weeks ago when radio host Leeann Tweeden released a picture of Al Franken groping her during a USO tour, and claimed that he forcibly kissed her.
Since then, six more women have come forward with allegations of sexual harassment. Franken has apologized and is willing to work with any ethics investigations. The latest accusation, however, Franken denies. A former Democratic Congressional aide has claimed that Franken forcibly kissed her in 2006 while he was the host of a radio show.
Six female senators began calls for his resignation: Sen. Gillibrand, Hassan, Hirono, Harris, McCaskill, and Murray. Several others got involved, including DNC Chair Tom Perez.
“While Senator Franken is entitled to have the Ethics Committee conclude its review, I believe it would be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in our society isn’t acceptable by stepping aside to let someone else serve,” wrote Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in a Facebook post.
Sen. Al Franken should step down. Everyone must share the responsibility of building a culture of trust and respect for women in every industry and workplace, and that includes our party.
— Tom Perez (@TomPerez) December 6, 2017
It is clear that Al Franken has engaged in a pattern of egregious and unacceptable behavior toward women. He should resign.
— Sen. Maggie Hassan (@SenatorHassan) December 6, 2017
Today, I am calling on my colleague Al Franken to step aside. I’ve struggled with this decision because he’s been a good Senator and I consider him a friend. But that cannot excuse his behavior and his mistreatment of women. (thread)
— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) December 6, 2017
Al Franken should resign.
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) December 6, 2017
Sexual harassment and misconduct should not be allowed by anyone and should not occur anywhere. I believe the best thing for Senator Franken to do is step down.
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) December 6, 2017
Senator Pat Murray said, “I’m shocked and appalled by Sen. Franken’s behavior,” … “It’s clear to me that this has been a deeply harmful, persistent problem and a clear pattern over a long period of time. It’s time for him to step aside.”
Joe is calling for Senator Franken to resign. pic.twitter.com/ff5i1rnhJs
— Senator Joe Donnelly (@SenDonnelly) December 6, 2017
I agree with my colleagues who have stepped forward today and called on Senator Franken to resign. We can’t just believe women when it’s convenient.
— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) December 6, 2017
I have listened to them. I have listened to my female colleagues, to women I work with and women in my life. And I agree the time has come for Senator Franken to step aside.
— Sherrod Brown (@SenSherrodBrown) December 6, 2017
This is all well and good, but Moore is still a thing. The orange dumpster fire in the White House is still a thing. And women’s shelters, where many women flee to escape domestic violence, is seeing a decrease in funding, according to the Huffington Post.
So what is their plan in addressing these situations, that directly effect women, instead of once again, making it all about the men?