The White House correspondents present at Thursday’s briefing asked 13 times more questions about Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore than Democratic Minnesota Sen. Al Franken.
Franken apologized Thursday after a news anchor accused him of forcibly kissing her and shared a photo of the comedian groping her while she was asleep. Moore is accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct ranging from attempted assault to unwanted touching of a 14-year-old girl.
The Daily Caller broke down all of the questions at Thursday’s White House press briefing and found that the media asked significantly more questions about Republican candidate Moore.
Overall, the media asked 13 questions about Moore, 10 questions about tax reform, seven questions related to Trump’s trip to Asia, three questions about lifting the ban on elephant trophy hunting, three questions about other topics, and just one question about Sen. Franken.
TheDC only counted questions that resulted in a response from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Questions that were called out but not responded to were not included in the total account.
The first question in the briefing was predictably about Moore, and that trend continued for at least the first half of the briefing. The sole question about Franken was lumped in with a question about the mistrial for Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez.
“On the other side of the aisle, does the president have a response to the allegations against Sen. Al Franken and also the mistrial over Sen. Bob Menendez?” the reporter asked.
Sanders responded that the president was glad to see the Senate looking into the allegations against Sen. Franken and she had not asked Trump about the mistrial.