Published: Sat, November 18, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Trump's scolding of Franken immediately backfires

Trump's scolding of Franken immediately backfires

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: You know, I'm automatically attracted to beautiful - I just start kissing them. Moore has denied any wrongdoing and has vowed to stay in the race.

The first referred to a photograph of Franken putting his hands near the breasts of a sleeping Leeann Tweeden, a Los Angeles radio news anchor who accused Franken of groping her and of an aggressive kiss during a rehearsal for a skit he had written.

Al Franken, who apologized after a California radio host and model said he had groped and kissed her without consent in 2006, and Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama who has been accused by multiple women of pursuing sexual relationships with them as teenagers when he was in his early 30s, have dredged up the allegations past year made against Trump, including the 2005 Access Hollywood tape in which Trump brags about sexually assaulting women.

In a pair of tweets Thursday night, Trump spotlighted the accusations against Franken, saying the photo "speaks a thousand words".

Trump's pretty proud of himself, despite fucking up his attempt at a pun by misspelling "Frankenstein", the flaccid meat muppet. Al Franken, who was accused today of sexual harassment, to resign.

Trump even bragged about groping women, kissing them without permission and "grabbing them by the pussy", in an infamous open mic conversation with TV personality Billy Bush.

House Speaker Paul Ryan has announced mandatory anti-harassment training for lawmakers and staff
Trump's scolding of Franken immediately backfires

Al Franken's Senate Ethics Committee investigation into allegations he sexually harassed a former Playboy model on a 2006 USO Tour, could open the door for Roy Moore and Donald Trump accusers to testify under oath about their sexual misconduct allegations. Tweeden said in a CNN interview that she accepted the apology.

Tweeden said Friday that in addition to his public statement, Franken personally apologized to her.

Trump's relative silence on Moore is is in large part rooted in his own history of facing sexual misconduct allegations, a Republican close to the White House told CNN earlier this week.

Moore has so far been defiant in the face of calls for him to abandon his candidacy. Others pointed the hypocrisy in Trump calling out Franken for inappropriate behavior but claiming he was "too focused on policy" to comment on the allegations made against his GOP pal Roy Moore.

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway claimed on Friday that Trump has remained silent on Moore because he was in Asia when the story broke and it wasn't new when he returned to Washington. After Strange lost, Trump felt misled, believing Strange to be a low-energy establishment pick who wasn't aligned with his core group of supporters, according to aides.

HORSLEY: Other national Republicans, including Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, have urged Moore to step aside from the Senate race.

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