The highest-ranking woman in the Senate and several of her colleagues demanded on Wednesday that Sen. Al Franken resign his seat because of a slew of accusations of sexual harassment and molestation.
According to Breitbart, seven women Democratic Senators turned on Sen. Al Franken, demanding that he resign from his position after another woman accused him of inappropriate behavior.
Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Mazie Hirono, Patty Murray, Claire McCaskill and Maggie Hassan all issued their demands for Franken to resign on Wednesday morning.
Several male senators joined their colleagues, including Senators Joe Donnelly, Bob Casey, Sherrod Brown.
“We have to rise to the occasion, and not shrink away from it, even when it’s hard, especially when it’s hard. That is what this larger moment is about,” Gillibrand wrote in an over 600-word statement on Facebook.
“I’m shocked and appalled by Senator Franken’s behavior,” wrote Sen. Patty Murray on Twitter. “It’s clear to me that this has been a deeply harmful, persistent problem and a clear pattern over a long period of time.”
The group of seven women senators made their statements in unison on Wednesday morning, although not all of the female Senate Democrats joined them. Prominent senators like Sen. Elizabeth Warren remained silent as well as Franken’s Minnesota colleague Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
The demands for Franken’s resignation came after TIME magazine named the women who spoke out against harassment as their “Person of the Year.”
“Today, I am calling on my colleague Al Franken to step aside. I’ve struggled with this decision because he’s been a good Senator and I consider him a friend,” wrote Hawaii’s Sen. Mazie Hirono. “But that cannot excuse his behavior and his mistreatment of women.”
It is clear that Al Franken has engaged in a pattern of egregious and unacceptable behavior toward women,” wrote New Hampshire’s Sen. Maggie Hassan. “He should resign.”
It is clear that Al Franken has engaged in a pattern of egregious and unacceptable behavior toward women. He should resign.
— Sen. Maggie Hassan (@SenatorHassan) December 6, 2017
“Al Franken should resign,” wrote Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill shortly.
Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin also came out against Franken.
“I believe it is best for Senator Franken to resign,” she wrote on Twitter.
I believe it is best for Senator Franken to resign.
— Sen. Tammy Baldwin (@SenatorBaldwin) December 6, 2017
Franken has pledged to cooperate with a Senate Ethics Committee investigation and said he “is open” to making the results public.
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