Al Franken announced Thursday he would resign from the Senate in the next few weeks, and the Hollywood stars commenting on the decision think it was the right one -- and hopefully just the tip of the iceberg.
"Time to clean house," Marvel star Mark Ruffalo wrote on Twitter, along with a tweet from an organization demanding the resignation of Republican Blake Farenthold, a Texas congressman who allegedly used $84,000 of taypayer money to settle a sexual harassment claim against him.
Six women -- three on the record and three anonymous -- have accused Franken of inappropriately touching them, but the Minnesota senator did not apologize and maintained the allegations against him are either entirely false or exaggerated. During his speech on the Senate floor, Franken added that he finds his resignation ironic since President Donald Trump has numerous sexual assault allegations against him, while Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore faces numerous allegations of dating underage girls when he was in his 30s.
"I of all people am aware that few 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," Franken said.
I never thought I would see the day that a former nude model with ties to Sean Hannity, working for a crap radio station, could take down Sen. Al Franken with a benign/unvetted story which is directly contradicted by voluminous photo evidence #BizzaroWorldhttps://t.co/TqITbazo8Q
Wow! Al Franken has shown Roy Moore and Donald Trump that it really is possible to step down from politics because of sexual misconduct while remaining bitter, resentful and never admitting guilt or apologizing!
It's true: if Al Franken should resign, so should Donald Trump. But the fact that Trump won't resign doesn't mean Franken shouldn't. Democrats holding themselves to higher standards is a step towards everyone being held to higher standards. It doesn't happen all at once.
Just a note on family values: Democrats Al Franken and Conyers are resigning. A Republican pedophile not only remains a candidate, but has support and $$$ from the RNC (ergo Republican voters). A Republican serial predator who bragged “grab them by the pussy” remains in the WH.