Only a hypocrite like Al Franken could watch his political career go down in flames why shamelessly muttering to himself, “not my fault.” But, that’s exactly what he did on the Senate floor Thursday.
His roughly 15-minute speech was absolutely devoid of remorse, sympathy or humility. Instead, the comedian-turned-politician opted to disparage the allegations against him and, in the same breath, comment on how they’re meant to be taken seriously.
“Over the last few weeks, a number of women have come forward to talk about how they felt my actions had affected them. I was shocked. I was upset. But in responding to their claim, I also wanted to be respectful of that broader conversation. Because all women deserve to be heard and their experiences taken seriously. I think that was the right thing to do. I also think it gave some people the false impression that I was admitting to doing things that in fact I haven’t done. Some of the allegations against me are simply not true. Others I remember very differently.”
In other words, they’re liars but I’m resigning anyway and its unfair – but I’m a champion for women!
It’s utterly disgusting. But, he didn’t stop there.
He went on to comment on how disgraceful and intolerable his political demise is, mostly because then likes of Donald Trump and Roy Moore are allowed to continue galivanting about with impunity. The Senator actually stood on the Senate floor and, in his final moments as the representative for the State of Minnesota, he said this:
“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 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.”
In other words, they did it so why am I the only one getting in trouble?
It’s as if Franken seriously believes that the misconduct of others justifies his. He believes that because others are alleged rapists that he, one who actually has photographic evidence against him, should be allowed to remain in power.
And, after all, at least Trump and Moore believe their innocence to the extent that they refuse to back down. Franken tries to convince us that he believes in his innocence, but is stepping down anyway.
Senator, if you truly are innocent, then why are you resigning?
It’s not for a kind and decent person to kick someone when they’re down, but ranken took this into another dimension when he bullied his accusers on the Senate floor. He’s a champion of women and, apparently, these women are liars. But, he’ll resign anyway. Whatever.
For all his snide and crude remarks, for all his terrible jokes and hypocritical witch hunts against Republicans, this is a fitting end for the man who should have stuck to his day job. It has been a thrill to watch Franken be thrown under the bus by his own party in their desperate attempt to seize the moral high ground.
Worry not, Senator, I’m sure Bill Clinton has plenty of room in the political outhouse for you.