United States Senator Al Franken announced his coming resignation on Thursday after over 30 fellow Democrats called for him to quit amid sexual harassment allegations, but he pointed out the president having similar accusations.
“I am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate,” Franken said from the chamber floor, in what has been described as an emotional speech.
The senator denied some of the sexual harassment allegations brought against him and did not apologize during the address, however, he called out President Donald Trump who was accused of sexual assault during the 2016 president campaign.
“I, of all people, should am aware that there is some irony in the fact I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape of his history of sexual assault is in the Oval Office,” Sen. Franken said of the U.S. president.
While Franken appeared to lose the majority of his party’s support, he pointed out that Trump still has the backing of Republicans after he “repeatedly preyed on young girls”, according to the senator.
The Democrat also spoke out about Roy Moore, a conservative candidate in the Senate’s Alabama race who faces accusations that he went after romantic relationships with teenagers while he was aged in his 30s.
Franken started out as a comedy writer in the city of New York on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” show as a writer from its opening years in the 1970s to until the 1990s.
He made a gradual shift from writer to being onstage, and gained a name for himself before becoming a liberal radio commentator and writing books attacking the Republican Party and right-wing media.
In 2008, the same year Democratic former President Barack Obama was elected to the White House, Franken snagged the Minnesota senate seat from incumbent Republican Norm Coleman.
Franken has been a strong figure in the Democratic Party over the years and strong critic of President Donald Trump.
His name was even brought up in some discussions for a 2020 presidential run on behalf of the Democratic Party, according to U.S. media.
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