Minnesota Democrat Senator and former far-left comedian Al Franken’s very bad day just keeps getting worse.
As TFPP covered earlier today Los Angeles News anchor Leeann Tweeden has accused Franken of sexually assaulting her during a 2006 USO tour, complete with a photograph of Franken groping her breasts while she was asleep.
Franken responded by apologizing for the photo, claiming not to remember Tweeden’s other allegations, welcoming an ethics investigation into the matter, and swearing that somehow, he’s still totally an “ally and supporter” of women. After that, as we reported, Media Equalizer co-founder Melanie Morgan accused Franken of harassing and stalking her in 2000 after a contentious debate on Bill Maher’s old show “Politically Incorrect.”
A number of liberals, acutely aware of the public relations position they’ve boxed themselves into with their aggressive exploitation of sex abuse allegations against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, have called for Franken to take one for the team and resign. Now, two prominent figures from his own state and own party are joining the pile-on.
The Washington Examiner reports that two members of Minnesota’s Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party are calling for Franken to surrender his Senate seat (for those who don’t know, the DFL is, despite its unusual name, the state’s official Democrat Party affiliate, formed by a merger of the Minnesota Democrats and the state’s Farmer-Labor Party).
They are state auditor and gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Otto, and DFL Feminist Caucus chair Megan Thomas. Otto is the first government officeholder to skip the “concerned” and “investigate” steps and state outright it’s time for Franken to go:
Otto, a candidate for governor in Minnesota, said in a statement that “I believe it’s in the best interest of Minnesotans and of women everywhere for Senator Franken to resign, and to set an example to powerful men across America that sexual harassment will not be tolerated.”
Thomas, meanwhile, told the Washington Examiner that Franken’s misconduct was “every woman’s nightmare on a bus.” In a Facebook post, the longtime party organizer wrote that while she appreciated his progressive vote record, the fear Franken will instill in women is enough reason for his departure.
“The ‘political’ answer is to wait and not overreact. But I also know that the next time I see him in person I will, however fleeting or unneeded, be afraid because of what he is doing in that picture. No one should fear their elected representatives, so, sadly, for me, I think the Senator should resign,” she wrote
Ouch. For reasons linked above, I don’t buy for a second that we’d be reading these statements if they didn’t think it was politically necessary (after all, this is the party that expressly didn’t care how many women Bill Clinton assaulted or exploited as long as he protected Roe v. Wade), but we have to give them a little credit for language every bit as biting as it would be if the culprit was a Republican.
That said, the most eye-opening part of the Examiner’s report came near the end, when they got National Organization for Women president Toni Van Pelt’s rationalization for not demanding Franken resign:
We could ask all of the men in Congress to resign, is that what you’re asking me? You know that mostly all men do this kind of thing to women […]
It’s like saying there’s a good airline or a good bank, saying there’s some entity out there that is not sexist. They all should resign, every man in every industry. Maybe that’s a good thing because then women can take those positions and then we’ll finally get equal pay.
Wow. Fake sexism is so prevalent in society that we might as well not bother with policing confirmed examples of actual sexism. Or something. And Van Pelt knows this because of her own sexism.
Ah, liberals: either ruthless calculators or certifiable lunatics. There’s no in-between.