Well, for anyone who thought that the sex perv senator from Minnesota, Al Franken, “did the right thing” when he announced that he would be resigning from the U.S. Senate “in the coming weeks,” think again.
Because even as he succumbed to the mounting pressures from members of his own party to ‘do the right thing’ and step down, he made sure he did so without really taking responsibility for anything he’s been accused of doing.
And, of course, like everything Alt-Left entertainer, politician, professional sports figure and pundit, Franken had to make sure he laid the blame for his sexual proclivities at the feet of President Donald J. Trump.
In a speech on the Senate floor Thursday morning, Franken was anything but contrite. In fact, you could even say he was arrogantly defiant if not completely tone deaf regarding the allegations against him — which, by the way, have been increasing for days as one, then two, now eight separate women have come forward alleging he either groped, kissed, or behaved inappropriately around them.
“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,” Franken said, the latter a reference to Alabama Republican Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore.
“But this is not about me, this is about the people of Minnesota,” he added, noting that “politics is difficult.” (Related: Senator Al Franken: from SNL spoofer to NSA surveillance hawk.)
Actually, it should be about decency towards the women you groped, senator, but I digress.
As for Moore and the president, they, too, have been charged with sexual misconduct by a number of women, though unlike Franken — where there is even photographic evidence of his misbehavior — the accounts of those who are accusing Moore and Trump are shaky and, in some cases, hypocritical.
In Moore’s case, he’s called his accusers “criminals” and has hinted he may pursue legal action against them and the Washington Post, which first published accounts from four women who claim Moore pursued them as a young adult while they were teenagers. In one case, one of the women, 14 at the time, said Moore kissed her and touched her sexually. No evidence as of yet has been produced to substantiate the claims, and the fact that Moore would threaten legal action leads some to believe that the claims wouldn’t hold up in court. Also, some versions of stories being told by women regarding Moore have turned out to be false.
Regarding the president, he is currently the subject of a defamation suit by Summer Zervos, a former contestant on “The Apprentice,” a corporate reality show that Trump hosted in the years before announcing his presidential run.
In the suit, she claims Trump made unwanted sexual advances and that he defamed her last year when he described her accounts as “total lies” and “made up nonsense to steal the election,” perhaps for financial gain.
Her allegations don’t seem credible. First of all, she waited to make her accusations public on Oct. 14, 2016 — just three weeks before the Nov. 8 election. Also, she did not make any allegations against the president when he was in a much better position, as a civilian, to settle any legitimate claims.
As for Franken, he went on to make other ridiculous claims such as being a “champion of women” and not really remembering events like those who accused him.
“I am proud that during my time the Senate I have used my power to be a champion of women and that I have earned a reputation as someone who respects the women I work alongside every day. I know there’s been a very different picture of me painted over the last few weeks, but I know who I really am,” he said.
Is this just Franken ‘doing the right thing?’ Hardly. This is Franken taking one for the team, so Democrats can continue to attack Moore and undermine President Trump. Bet on it.
That’s what makes is ‘resignation’ as hypocritical as his attempt to lay his behavior at Trump’s feet.
J.D. Heyes is also editor-in-chief of The National Sentinel.