Trump Enters Fraught Territory By Criticizing Al Franken

Saul Bowman
November 19, 2017

Sanders brushed past the president's own history with a novel strategy - blaming Franken because the senator had apologized for a physical assault while absolving Trump because he hadn't.

And while Trump is publicly criticizing Franken, he has remained mostly silent about the allegations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, neither condemning them nor calling for the Republican to withdraw from the race as several other top party members have.

Leeann Tweeden, a Los Angeles television host and sportscaster, revealed Thursday that Franken had taken the photo of her while they were on a 2006 USO tour to entertain US troops. She also provided a photo that showed a smiling Franken reaching to grab her breasts while she was asleep on a plane.

Mocking Franken's name in a misspelling, the president wrote: "The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words".

More people are embracing a no-tolerance policy towards sexual harassment, but what does that mean for President Trump? "Look at the contrast between Al Franken, accepting responsibility, apologizing, and Roy Moore and Donald Trump who have done neither", Clinton told NY radio station WABC.

Pressed by reporters Friday about those accusations against Trump and any apparent hypocrisy given his comments about Franken, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was curt: "Sen". Al Franken, the Minnesota Democrat who was accused earlier in the day of groping and sexual hectoring during a 2006 USO tour. But the strike against Franken indicated a more political rationale.

Sanders also refused to say whether Trump was pulling his endorsement of the candidate. "'And I think in light of this conversation, we should have a very different conversation about President Trump, and a very different conversation about allegations against him'".

"Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps?"

Many Democrats have come out saying Al Franken should step down and that his behavior is unacceptable as the climate towards sexual harassment, even those that are decades old and from a culture when it was considered normal or flirtatious behavior to grope women without their consent, can cost someone their job.

"And to think that just last week he was lecturing anyone who would listen about sexual harassment and respect for women".

She continued, "Look, Al Franken is a friend of mine, and I deeply regret what he did".

While Trump's anti-Franken tweets reflect his life-long penchant to counter-attack enemies, they also opened the door for the president's critics to revive the many sexual misconduct allegations against him. "Me too!" he added of Moore. She probably got called to the principal's office to take this call.

One of the most recent and high-profile cases of sexual misconduct in Congress involved the former Republican speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert, who pleaded guilty in 2015 to making illegal payments to hush up his molestation of teenage boys.

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