Congressional Democrats are speaking out after sexual misconduct allegations were lodged against Sen. Al Franken with many condemning the liberal lawmaker but stopping short of saying he should resign. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said, however, that former President Bill Clinton should have resigned when his affair with an intern came to light in the 1990s, amid other sexual assault allegations.
In the midst of the ongoing media frenzy revolving around a growing list of famous men accused of some form of sexual misconduct, national attention turned to the Minnesota senator Thursday when Los Angeles talk show host Leeann Tweeden wrote a blog describing how Franken gave her an unwanted kiss and put his hands on her breasts when she was asleep during a return flight from a 2006 USO tour in the Middle East.
“You knew exactly what you were doing. You forcibly kissed me without my consent, grabbed my breasts while I was sleeping and had someone take a photo of you doing it, knowing I would see it later, and be ashamed,” Tweeden wrote on KABC.
Franken was a writer and comedian on “Saturday Night Live” before being elected senator in 2008. Ironically, a skit that aired on “SNL” before the 2016 presidential election referred to the women who accused Clinton of committing sexual assault against them as his “mistresses.”
Women’s — and men’s — experiences of sexual assault and harassment are increasingly being made public as part of the #MeToo movement and prominent men on both sides of the political aisle have found themselves having to answer for actions they committed in the past.
While much of the media’s attention has been focused on alleged sexual misconduct of President Donald Trump and the recent allegations against Alabama Senate nominee Roy Moore, the troubling behavior of prominent liberals like Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, comedian Louis C.K. and now, Franken, have also been exposed.
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Source: Christian Post