Twitter reacts to Sen. Al Franken's resignation announcement

08 December, 2017, 01:54 | Author: Katrina Soto
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The call for Franken to leave the U.S. Senate came on the heels of yet another accuser coming forward with charges of untoward sexual conduct.

Under Dayton's reported plan, Smith would serve only as a placeholder until a special election - held in November 2018 - which would give the people of Minnesota the opportunity to elect someone to serve the remaining two years of what was supposed to be Franken's six-year term. "I was shocked. I was upset". Some of the allegations against me are simply not true.

"I know there's been a very different picture of me painted", Franken said.

The allegations against Mr Franken began in mid-November when Leeann Tweeden, now a Los Angeles radio anchor, accused him of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour in Afghanistan.

Of those who, like Gillibrand, have called for Franken to resign amid on-the-record and anonymous claims of misconduct, Carlson warned not to take glee in others' downfall.

Contrast that with Franken's statement, at a news conference late last month, that, "there are some women, and one is too many, who feel that I have done something disrespectful that's hurt them, and for that I am tremendously sorry".

"I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact I am leaving while a man who bragged on tape about his history of the sexual assault sits in the Oval Office, and a man who repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party", Franken said. But this moment of reckoning about our friends and colleagues who have been accused of sexual misconduct is necessary, and it is painful.

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"We should demand the highest standards, not the lowest, from our leaders", she said. The allegations against Sen.

In the statements, the Democratic senators used words like "egregious" and "unacceptable" to describe Franken's behavior. "While he's entitled to an Ethics Committee hearing, I believe he should step aside to let someone else serve".

For weeks now various Democratic groups and candidates have been giving back money received from Franken or his political PAC. "Any reports of a final decision are inaccurate", read a tweet Wednesday from Franken's official Twitter account.

"I extend my deepest regrets to the women, who have had to endure their unwanted experiences with Senator Franken".

Bernie Sanders added, "Sen".

Dayton said he would make his appointment "in a couple of days". The right thing is for him to resign. "It needs to be an ongoing movement of women and men that includes a national discussion about sexism, sexual harassment, objectification, inequality and abuse of power".

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