1. He was resigning his seat by the end of the year.
2. He didn’t believe he had done anything that he must have been forced to resign.
Franken’s speech was described primarily by his lack of any real apology and the obvious bitterness he carries for being pushed out amid allegations that he had groped several females and forcibly tried to kiss others.
Here’s the key bit from Franken (bolding is normally mine):
“Over the last couple of weeks, a number of women attended forward to chat about how precisely they felt my activities had afflicted them. I was shocked. I was upset. But in responding to their state, I also wanted to be respectful of this broader chat. Because all females deserve to be been told and their activities taken seriously. I feel that was the right thing to do. I also think it gave some people the false impression that I was admitting to performing things that in fact I haven’t done. Some of the allegations against me are simply not true. Others I remember very differently.”
That’s a amazing statement. Franken is concurrently stating that he believes the women who have accused him have a right to be been told while also making clear that he is not admitting he had done the things they alleged.
He went on to note that “I know in my heart that nothing I have done as a senator, nothing has taken dishonor on this organization,” adding: “I am confident that the ethics committee would agree.”
And, in the event there was any problem that Franken believed he was being unfairly railroaded, the senator’s flip to Donald Trump and Roy Moore cleared all that up.
“I am leaving while a guy who has bragged on tape about his background of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office and a guy who repeatedly preyed on girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party. But this decision is not about me. It’s about the persons of Minnesota.”
The message of all that is clear as day: I didn’t do anything really wrong. The persons who state I did are incorrect or don’t remember it right. And it’s really ridiculous that persons like Trump and Moore will be in the White House and might be in the Senate, respectively, while I am being forced out.
Franken got support for the reason that look at from an unlikely source along Thursday: Former Bush White Home press secretary Ari Fleischer. “Franken shouldn’t include resigned. His fate must have been left 2 the persons of MN. Moore, who had sexual call w a 14-yr previous, should drop out. Conyers, who struck on his employees, must have resigned. Franken is normally a creep who acted inappropriatly, but his fact is different,” tweeted Fleischer shortly after Franken’s resignation announcement.
The second part of Franken’s conclusion will have a whole lot of Democratic heads nodding. Why is Franken resigning for allegations of groping and undesired kissing while Trump is normally in office after more than a dozen females accused him through the marketing campaign of sexual harassment? Why is Franken resigning when Roy Moore, who faces multiple allegations of pursuing romantic relationships with teenagers as small as 14 when he was in his 30s, is looking a growing number of like a winner in following Tuesday’s special election?
Those are good questions. The simple reason is basically because Franken gave in to the pressure to stage aside while Trump and Moore just simply kept stating they didn’t do anything incorrect and had no strategies to leave their particular races. And the political willpower didn’t can be found in Alabama or the united states to get rid of them.
But the first part of Franken’s contention — that he didn’t do anything wrong and these ladies were either mistaken or misremembering — will sit less well even with his most ardent supporters.
If Franken truly believes — as he said — that he did nothing incorrect here, then how come he resigning? His description was that he couldn’t simultaneously manage an ethics investigation and signify the state efficiently. But he was the one who needed an ethics investigation when he declared last week that he was planning to stay on the work and work to regain the trust of his colleagues and his constituents!
What changed somewhere between then and now?
The answer is that almost three dozen of Franken’s colleagues needed him to step downward over the last 24 hours — including a united front of Democratic female senators . There is just no chance that Franken could realistically stick to amid that depth of condemnation. (Although, per Trump and Moore, maybe he could have.)
Franken bowed from what he believed to be the unavoidable political reality facing him. But in thus doing, he sought to make sure everyone — in the chamber and outside of it — didn’t look at his resignation as an entrance of guilt. Because Franken just simply doesn’t believe he’s guilty.