Al Franken references ‘irony’ of Roy Moore in resignation speech
Al Franken referenced Alabama’s Roy Moore in today’s resignation speech, with the Minnesota Democrat calling his exit from the U.S. Senate “ironic.”
Franken resigned Thursday amid allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior with several women.
“Some of the allegations against me are not true,” Franken said. “Others I remember very differently.”
Franken used the occasion to take shots at President Donald Trump and GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore.
“I of all people are aware there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape of his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office,” Franken said. “And a man who repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party.”
Franken’s first mention references the infamous 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape on which Trump discusses grabbing a woman by her genitals. The second reference is to Moore, who has been accused of having improper sexual contact with teen girls in the 1970s. Moore denies the allegations.
Republicans in the Senate have linked Franken’s issues with the allegations against Moore.
“I’ve said before that Roy Moore ought to step aside,” Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., the third-ranking Senate Republican, said this week. “I think (Moore is) going to face a lot of the same issues when he gets here.”
Moore faces Democrat Doug Jones on Dec. 12.
via Real-Time News from AL.com http://bit.ly/2zzWl2c
December 7, 2017 at 09:38AM