Democrats sincerely care, Republicans do not, and Republicans have used that against Democrats
Franken says he's ashamed of groping claims, will return to work
November 26, 2017
Minnesota Sen. Al Franken broke his silence Sunday after being swept into a nationwide tide of sexual harassment allegations, saying he feels "embarrassed and ashamed" but looks forward to returning to work on Monday and gradually regaining voters' trust.
The Democrat spoke to a handful of media outlets in Minnesota in the first interviews he's granted after four women publicly accused him of misconduct. Franken's staff didn't respond to repeated interview requests from The Associated Press.
Franken told Minnesota Public Radio on Sunday that the photo with (Leeann) Tweeden was "inexcusable," but he declined to explain it furthe
Lindsay Menz told CNN that Franken grabbed her buttocks while they posed for a photo at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010 — an encounter she documented on social media at the time. Two other women shared anonymous accounts of similar experiences with Huffington Post. One woman said Franken groped her as they posed for a photo at the Minnesota Women's Political Caucus in 2007. Another said Franken cupped her backside with his hand and suggested the two of them visit the bathroom together at a Democratic fundraiser in Minneapolis in 2008.
Franken allies have released a series of supportive statements from women. Two earlier ones came from women who worked with him at SNL, and from female former staffers. On Sunday, a letter signed by 65 DFL women expressed "disappointment" about the allegations but praised Franken as a "steadfast supporter of women's rights." Signees included Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, former Secretary of State Joan Growe and former State Auditor Judi Dutcher.
Reason that Republicans wanted to de-activate Franken
This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on Trump's nomination of Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras to the 8th Circuit Court. Franken, who viewed Stras as highly qualified but too conservative for the post, blocked the nomination. Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley overruled Franken and announced Stras' hearing the same day the Tweeden allegations went public.
"I'm going to take responsibility. I'm going to be held accountable through the ethics committee," Franken said. "And I'm going to hopefully be a voice in this that is helpful. … Again, I respect women. What kills me about this is it gives people a reason to believe I don't respect women."
On Sunday, 88-year-old Democratic congressman John Conyers stepped down from the House Judiciary Committee after a BuzzFeed report alleged that he had paid a former staffer to stay silent about his sexual advances.
The Franken results, though, underscore a partisan divide in how voters view allegations of sexual misconduct against political figures. Democratic voters are more likely to find allegations against Democrats credible and endorse significant punishments than Republican voters are when it comes to allegations against GOP lawmakers and candidates.
Trump decided to speak up and weigh in, on the Franken accusations. He ignored the fact that he, himself was sitting in a glass house.
November 22, 2017
President Trump and accusations of sexual misconduct: The complete list
gsgs comment- The one that sticks with me, is Trump showing off for his entourage. He grabbed a stranger's breast on a public street. He was enjoying transgressive sexual assaults. He shoved his hand up the dress of a stranger. The woman turned to her friends and they knew that Trump had a reputation for it. It was Trump that would grab women's buttocks at crowded functions, and pretend that he had done nothing. Sick game.
Let us count the number of times that Trump has said "I got away with it. I did not get in trouble."