As Minnesota Sen. Al Franken announced Thursday that he would resign over sexual misconduct allegations, he also drew attention to the undeniable irony of his exit amid congressional Republicans’ continued allegiance to a self-professed assaulter and hearty embrace of a sexual predator.
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, and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party. But this decision is not about me. It’s about the people of Minnesota.
Franken did the right thing by his constituency and the thirty-some Democratic senators who called on him to resign left him little choice.
But nothing could be more clear now than the distinction between a Democratic Party that let two of its respected members go on principle during the same week that Trump endorsed a sexual predator and the Republican Party resumed its financial support of him.
Watch Franken below.