I wasn’t sure about this cartoon. I don’t want to come off as if I’m deflecting for Al Franken when I think the accusations against him should be taken seriously. And, then…Trump tweeted.
Do you know why Democrats have a harder time with sexual misconduct than the Republican Party? It’s because there’s a consensus among Democrats that it’s always wrong. With Republicans, it’s up to debate.
Democrats want every woman who accuses to be listened to and believe there should be a no-tolerance policy. On the other hand, Republicans think maybe it is OK if it’s just locker room talk. Maybe you can do what you want when you’re famous. Maybe it’s alright for a 32-year-old to stalk teenage girls at the mall. Maybe it’s OK to call them up at their high school to ask them out on a date. Maybe it’s all clear if you can compare your candidate’s groping to Jesus. Basically, it’s permissible when committed by a Republican, and when committed by a Democrat it’s all aboard with selective outrage on the douche-wagon.
Yesterday, I mentioned I saw five cartoons from conservatives using the talking point of using Bill Clinton to deflect from the accusations against Roy Moore. One of my right-wing colleagues, who have not mentioned anything about Roy Moore made, five posts today about Al Franken. He wrote “it’s crickets from liberals” regarding the Franken scandal. In reality, where most of us live, liberals are taking this on. Using cartoons as an example, I’ve seen ten (and they all play on the “doggone it, people like me” bit), and they were all drawn yesterday. My “friend” also wrote, “Christmas came early.” That’s exactly how they see it.
For conservatives, it’s not about ending sexual harassment, assault, transgressions, pedophilia, sloppy-unwanted kisses, and pussy-grabbing because you can get away with it when you’re famous. It’s about attacking liberals and ignoring scandals involving conservatives and, Donald Trump proves I’m right.
Trump might be the only Republican in D.C. who has not pulled his endorsement of Roy Moore. White House Spokesgoon Sarah Huckabee Sanders gave the usual tripe regarding Moore saying the president finds it troubling blah, blah, blabbity, blah but, whether he should drop out of the race or not she said, “that is a decision the people of Alabama need to make, not the president.” Trump has refused to discuss the Moore issue. He promised us a big announcement when he returned from his trip to Asia. Instead of his “big announcement” being on Moore, it was a huge revelation that Trump was praised and complimented during his trip to Asia like no one in history ever before. He has even refused to give an opinion on Moore, even as reporters were shouting questions at him about it. But guess what he does want to talk about.
Trump tweeted about Al Franken. He tweeted, “the Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps? …..” The dot, dot, dot dot, dots and misspelling of “Frankenstein” are his. And then he tweeted, “and to think that just last week he was lecturing anyone who would listen about sexual harassment and respect for women. Lesley Stahl tape?
The Lesley Stahl thing is a reference to Franken describing a bit he wrote for SNL that never aired. Breitbart ran a story about it which is why it’s on Trump’s radar.
Leeann Tweeden, a TV host, and sportscaster accused Franken of kissing and groping her without her consent in 2006 when they were on a USO tour together. She produced a picture of Franken posing in front of her while she slept while wearing a helmet and flak jacket, and Franken appears as though he’s about to grope her breasts. She says Franken wrote a comedy bit where he tries to kiss her and she rejects him. She says Franken insisted on practicing the kissing scene when she didn’t want to, and eventually, he forced his tongue into her mouth.
Franken says he remembers their rehearsals differently, but he apologized and said the photo was stupid. Tweeden accepted his apology.
Every accuser should be listened to. The evidence that comes along with their accusations should be paid attention to as well. Franken does recall the rehearsals differently but maybe she’s absolutely right and it did happen the way she has described. But, if her issue is the sexual stuff then why did she make other details personal? She talked about how nobody wanted Franken’s autograph at signing sessions. She went into details in how disgusting Franken’s kiss was. She talked about how Franken drew goatees and devil horns on photos of her.
Yesterday, Trump supporter Roger Stone said, “it’s Al Franken’s time in the barrel,” apparently knowing something was about to come out. Tweeden also works for Fox Sports and has been a guest on Sean Hannity’s show. Surprise!
Franken didn’t offer excuses and said the photo was in poor taste and Tweeden has every right to be upset over it. He apologized and she accepted. The thing about the photo is, even though it is in poor taste, it’s staged and not a hidden incident. There were a photographer and others in the room. I’ve seen it mentioned on social media that Tweeden was pretending to be asleep for the photo, but I can’t find verification for that, but watch for it to come up.
Franken has called for an ethics investigation into his own conduct. In contrast, during the 2016 presidential campaign, at least eleven women accused Trump of sexual harassment. Trump has called them liars and has threatened to sue them. Nine women have made accusations against Roy Moore, and he’s taken the Trump route, calling them liars and is threatening lawsuits, even against the media. Also, Tweeden is not 14-years-old with Franken trying to pick her up out of her high school trigonometry class.
Conservatives and even a few liberals are calling for Franken to resign. I’ll agree if more credible accusations come forward. For now, I think he should run for president. He’s still one of the sharpest minds in Washington and this nation needs a voice like his, despite doing an idiotic stunt in 2006 that he’s not trying to cover up or make excuses for. But I will make a deal with you.
I will call for Franken to resign if conservatives make the same demand for Donald Trump and every Republican who receives credible accusations in the future. But, looking at Republican hypocrisy today, I don’t think they’d keep the bargain.
There’s another way around this mess too, and that is…elect more woman. We tried that last year with the presidency but many of you didn’t cooperate.
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