Hello, Senator Franken. Welcome to the growing list of creepy guys in Hollywood and Washington who apparently think it’s OK - or funny - for men in power to sexually harass or assault women and men. We’ll see if the liberal media and his fellow Democrats treat the charges against Franken as seriously as they’ve been treating the ones against Republican Senate hopeful Roy Moore of Alabama.
Franken, the very unfunny comedian who became the very liberal senator from Minnesota in 2009, is apologizing as fast as he can - and even calling for a Senate ethics committee to investigate himself. But weird Al’s got a lot of ’splaining to do.
On-air radio personality Leeann Tweeden of Los Angeles has accused him of kissing her without her consent and groping her in 2006 during a USO tour in Afghanistan. There’s even a damning photo of a grinning Franken cupping his hands over Tweeden’s breasts while she slept that has quickly gone viral. Given that sexual predators of all kinds don’t commit a single sleazy act of molestation, assault or harassment and then retire, we’ll probably be hearing from other women who had unwanted encounters with Franken.
In any case, Franken apparently is not Congress’ lone harasser. We learned just this week that for years Congress has had a secret slush fund to pay off women who had been victims of sexual harassment by its members. More than $15 million in settlements - paid by taxpayers - was spent from 1997 to 2014 to protect our duly elected slime balls from bad publicity they probably deserved.
Meanwhile, in Alabama Roy Moore is still refusing to exit the special election next month to fill Jeff Sessions’ vacated seat. Voters may elect him and ignore the credible charges that he hit on or assaulted underage girls as a 30-something DA nearly 40 years ago. But I think Moore is guilty as charged.
Having lived through molestations and abuse by a man as a boy, I think I can read when someone is being honest about their accusations and someone is not. I tend to believe the women accusers more than I believe Roy Moore.
People will say, “Why did the women wait 40 years to bring these charges up?”
I tell them I didn’t reveal my sexual abuse for 34 years. It’s not something you’re dying to publicize, believe me.
The charges against Moore are coming forward now because the young women he took advantage of long ago are being empowered by the “#Me Too” campaign. It’s a new era. Victims of sexual assault by the powerful and famous - women and men - can now come out of the closet and tell their horror stories.
Moore’s got zero defenders in the GOP establishment, and his poll numbers are crashing.
It’s true he has not been convicted in a court of law, and probably could never be. But he’s been declared guilty in the court of public opinion. He should step aside.
Alabama’s governor should delay the election or do whatever he can to allow a write in.
The Moore and Franken cases are a good morality test for conservatives and liberals. Is sexual assault, harassment or serial creepiness by a man always wrong, or is it just wrong when the guy charged with it is not on your political team?
During the 1990s Bill Clinton’s misbehavior and possible crimes got a pass from Democrats and most of the mainstream liberal media, which didn’t believe the women accusers or denigrated them. I see some in the conservative media making the same partisan mistake by disbelieving Moore’s accusers.
In the 1990s conservatives were right about Bill Clinton. Let’s not be wrong about Roy Moore.
I don’t care what party he belongs to, I don’t want someone like him in the Senate any more than I want someone like Al Franken.