Democrats apologize. Republicans deny. And that really sucks, but Al Franken still seems to have a problem when it comes to treating women with respect. As we try to convince voters that the behaviour of people like Donald Trump and Roy Moore is so far beyond not acceptable, we can’t protect Democrats just because we like so much about their politics.
In recent weeks, five women have said Franken touched them inappropriately, most notably broadcaster and model Leeann Tweeden, who described him forcibly kissing her with tongue during a USO tour and “jokingly” groping her breasts for a photo while she slept. Four women have also said that Franken groped them during photo ops, including the latest, Stephanie Kemplin, on Thursday morning. (Three women say Franken groped them while taking campaign photos, while Kemplin says he touched her breast while posing for a photo during a USO tour in 2003.)
And now a “former elected official in New England has come forward saying “Al Franken attempted to give her a ‘wet, open-mouthed kiss’ onstage at an event in 2006, shortly before he ran for Senate.”
I don’t think anyone should be believed just for making an allegation, but there is too much here to dismiss.
Sorry, Al. You gotta go. I just don’t want to see you anymore.