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Franken accusers say resignation speech was hypocritical

NEWS     Journalist accuses Franken of groping her in 2009     
       Yet another woman has come forward accusing Minnesota Senator Al Franken of sexual misconduct NEWS Journalist accuses Franken of groping her in 2009 Yet another woman has come forward accusing Minnesota Senator Al Franken of sexual misconduct
Derrick Tucker | 10 December, 2017, 04:16

"Serving in the United States Senate has been the great honor of my life. I know there has been a very different picture of me painted over the last few weeks, but I know who I really am".

Either Franken was honest in his apology in November, and is taking it back now to preserve some of his reputation, or he was insincere and offered the apology as, in the best case, some sort of favor to the women involved or, in the worst case, an attempt to save his own skin.

Franken already faced a Senate Ethics Committee investigation into previous claims by several other women that he groped them or sought to forcibly kiss them.

"He's taking no ownership, and I just feel that he's calling all of us liars", she told the outlet.

After Franken's resignation speech, Dupuy called it, "disappointing".

Menz accused Franken of groping her while posing for a photo together at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010.

For those of you keeping score at home, of the eight women who have accused Franken, one is explicitly a Republican, one is "politically neutral", one has not revealed her political beliefs (but was a fan of Franken's comedy), and five are either Democrats or progressives.

CNN conservative commentator and HLN host SE Cupp made it clear that she was not impressed by the speech Al Franken gave today to announce his imminent departure from the the U.S. Senate. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii; Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; Maggie Hassan, D-N.H.; Patty Murray, D-Wash.; and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., called for Franken to resign. Among those were Sens.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said late Wednesday that Franken should step down from his post.

It is the right thing for Franken to do, and we recognize him for having the decency to realize he should resign and the character to do it.

Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez also called for Franken's resignation, tweeting: "Sen".

There was something missing from Al Franken's speech on Thursday.

"Someone who has to take the fall now because of where the Democratic party stands on this", one woman shared.

On the University of Minnesota campus Thursday, students grabbed a seat to listen to Franken's speech on the Senate floor announcing he was departing.

"Events have unfolded quickly; thus, I have not yet decided on my appointment to fill this upcoming vacancy".

"I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office, and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party", he said.

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