As you’ve no doubt heard by now, the big news of the day is that Democrat Minnesota Senator and former far-left “comedian” Al Franken allegedly sexually assaulted Los Angeles News anchor Leeann Tweeden during a 2006 USO tour. Like in the Roy Moore case, we don’t have proof that Franken grabbed her for an unwanted kiss, but unlike the Moore case, Tweeden produced a photograph of Franken groping her breasts while she was asleep.
Franken has responded by apologizing for the photo, claiming not to remember Tweeden’s other allegations, welcoming an ethics investigation into the matter, and swearing that he’s still totally an “ally and supporter” of women. (Because to the Left, “supporting women” doesn’t actually mean treating them with dignity; it just means abortion.)
But his problems may just be beginning, because there’s already a second accuser following Tweeden’s lead. Media Equalizer co-founder Melanie Morgan is accusing Franken of harassing her.
It all started on August 19, 2000 when Morgan and Franken appeared together on Bill Maher’s old TV show “Politically Incorrect.” It seems they had a budget debate, and Franken did not take disagreement well. At all:
“I made a statement about the budget numbers, Franken challenged me, I challenged him back. It was about spending priorities, actually just a mundane discussion. But he obsessed over it.”
After the show, Morgan said Franken wouldn’t leave her alone, insisting on continuing the argument.
“He approached me backstage, angrily called me out on those numbers and insisted he would prove he was right. He wouldn’t leave me alone, he kept following me. As a woman, his presence and proximity to me felt very threatening and intimidating.
“I didn’t realize his creepy behavior after the show meant it would continue in the days to come.
“He approached Carol, the show’s producer and demanded my home phone number, which was a clear violation of network protocol. I had thought that was the end of the story and was shocked when he started calling my home, badgering me repeatedly.
“I became fearful and called Carol to complain and asked her to tell him to back off. But he made another call after that. I thought that he might end up stalking me at my home in Northern California, it was that bad.
“By the third phone call I was outraged and terrified, as he is really disturbed,” Morgan recounted.
Morgan said Franken finally left her alone, but only after she pushed back and threatened “to call the police and make a report that he was harassing me.”
A guy who has made a career out of publicly being thuggish and nasty toward people who disagree with him turns out to also be privately thuggish and nasty toward people who disagree with him? While this is still an unproven claim at this point, Franken’s on-the-record behavior and personality fit Morgan’s account like a glove.
If this story had come out a month ago, the Left would probably circle the wagons around their man. But after weeks of declaring Roy Moore guilty on all counts and demanding that Republicans sacrifice the Alabama election to prove they don’t condone child predators, even they know sacrifices must be made. We’ve seen a smattering of liberals throw ex-President Bill Clinton overboard (almost 20 years late and now only because the Clintons have outlived their political utility), and now we’re beginning to see liberals take the same line with Franken, such as Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern:
There is no rational reason to doubt the truth of Tweeden’s accusations, no legitimate defense of Franken’s actions, and no ambiguity here at all: Franken should resign from the Senate immediately. Democrats should call for him to step down straightaway. This revelation is a test of the Democratic Party’s consistency, honesty, and decency. If Democrats wish to preserve whatever moral standing they have today, they must exhort Franken to leave the Senate, with no hesitation or reservations.
Absolutely true on the merits, and Stern goes on to skewer Franken’s response…though one can’t help but wonder if the Let would be displaying such moral clarity if they hadn’t gone all-in on Moore’s guilt and the need for Republicans to disavow him.