After dozens of congressional Democrats coordinated calls for his resignation, Senator Al Franken promised to resign earlier today. Ironically enough, he branded himself a “champion of women” at his resignation speech that follows numerous public allegations of sexual misconduct.
At another point in his self-serving speech, he attacked President Donald Trump (because why not?), stating “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.”
Sen. Franken: “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 of his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office.” pic.twitter.com/noXcxKs9wx
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) December 7, 2017
There’s also some irony in a grown man using a kindergarten-level argument of “but so-and-so did worse.”
Franken also claimed some of the women were lying (contradicting previous comments), and that his resignation would officially come within the next few weeks. Clearly, Democrats in the Senate still believe they need him for something. That only made it more bizarre when Franken was half-heartedly apologetic in the speech, conveying a message of “I’m very sorry for this thing I definitely didn’t do that I admitted to doing a few days ago.”
He also reiterated the point that women need to be listened and believed.
"I am proud I have used my power to be a champion of women" says man resigning because he couldn't stop groping them.
— Kat Timpf (@KatTimpf) December 7, 2017
I just rewatched the Franken speech. It’s amazing. He clearly feels like he’s done nothing wrong, that he has been railroaded by lying women and backstabbing colleagues.
— Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) December 7, 2017
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You can give his disgrace of a resignation speech below:
Franken left us with this: “What I want you to know is that even today, even on the worst day of my political life, I feel like it’s all been worth it.”
The rest of us certainly don’t.
Liberal pundits are already out there praising Franken for “taking responsibility,” which is a pathetic hurdle to clear to earn respect. Committing a horrendous crime and taking responsibility for your misbehavior doesn’t make an honorable person – and in the case of Franken, he did deny certain accusations made against him.
Popular radio host Rush Limbaugh has a theory for why Franken went out kicking and screaming. And it’s not a good one. Listen to the audio below from his show today:
— David Q Sutton (@davidqsutton) December 7, 2017
Here’s what Rush said in full:
Well, maybe we will. What if the Roy Moore election happens, regardless of the outcome, and what if Franken — and, by the way, he’s entirely capable of this. After September 12th, the Roy Moore election; so forth and so on. If Roy Moore wins, I can see Franken saying, “You know what? You know what? After this, I’m not leaving. I retract my resignation. If the Senate’s gonna seat this clown, there’s no reason I should be quitting here. This is outrageous.” I wouldn’t be surprised whatsoever.
One Twitter commenter summed it up like this:
Looks like Franken is trying to temporize: "In the coming weeks" he'll resign? He's hoping that Roy Moore wins and is seated, and he'll be able to reverse his resignation.
— Steven F. Hayward (@stevenfhayward) December 7, 2017
Yup, pretty much.
It looks more and more like this resignation speech was a cynical move to bait Republicans into ditching Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, should he win his race this coming Tuesday.
If Moore wins, and is confirmed as a senator, Franken will have every excuse in the world to reverse his resignation.
This is a nasty game of chicken that uses the choice of voters as some kind of cynical club lawmakers can use to bash the other side with.
If Democrats are indeed trying to pull a fast one, let’s hope voters see through their devious tricks.
What do you think? Is Franken’s resignation just a ploy to take down Moore, and ultimately President Trump? Will Franken reverse his position? Tell us your thoughts below!
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