Trump tweets against Al Franken: 'Where do his hands go?'

Trump tweets against Al Franken: 'Where do his hands go?'

President Trump, who himself has been caught on tape disparaging women and has a slew of sexual harassment allegations, dove right in to attack Senator Franken. Later, when more than a dozen women accused him of sexual misconduct, including unwanted physical contact, he threatened to sue his accusers.

Multiple women have accused Moore of sexual misconduct in recent weeks, including one woman who accused him of sexually assaulting her when she was 16 and another who said Moore initiated a sexual encounter with her when she was 14 and he was 32.

Franken quickly apologized to Tweeden and called for a full investigation of his actions.

The question facing McConnell now is whether he can rein in the committee and prevent it from looking beyond Franken and Moore into Trump's allegations.

They also serve a distinct political objective: expanding the focus from alleged sexual actions by a Republican candidate to Democrats as well, effectively making the topic of sexual harassment a bipartisan liability. "That they can't seem to come to terms with the reality that their president is just as guilty as Roy Moore".

But there's also the matter of Roy Moore's controversy in Alabama, which as Politico noted overnight, Trump has steered "conspicuously clear" of. Al Franken, D-Minn., on Thursday night, after Franken was accused of forcibly kissing and groping a woman 11 years ago. "Or, 'That's why you never see Lesley until February.' Or, 'When she passes out, I put her in various positions and take pictures of her'".

Hillary also said that the President has "disgraced the office".




But the strike against Franken indicated a more political rationale.

Maher goes through some of the disturbing allegations being made against Moore. Franken apologized to Tweeden both publicly and in a separate letter sent to her that Tweeden read aloud on The View.

"Al Franken was a brand-new news story yesterday, and the president weighs in, as he does, on the news of the day", she said.

Lesley Stahl was the CBS reporter who Franken joked about raping in a skit on "Saturday Night Live". The reference was included in a 1995 NY magazine article. Maher said, presumably, in reference to Trump.

The response came immediately, and from many directions, on social media. Time after time, he said Trump needed to say nothing more and said the solution rested on the voters who would decide Moore's fate. "He still firmly believes that", Sanders told reporters on Thursday, noting, "This is a decision people of Alabama need to make, not the President".

Privately some Republicans admit the race may now be lost, with the Republican vote split between Moore's die-hard supporters and so-called "write-in" candidates who are not on the ballot.

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