Sen. Al Franken resigned Thursday after eight women accused him of sexual misconduct but made sure to throw a parting shot at President Donald Trump.
Franken compared his own situation to that of President Donald Trump, who has also been accused of sexual harassment by several women. He claimed there is “irony” in the fact that he is resigning over multiple allegations and a photo of him groping a woman while Trump remains in office and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore remains in the race.
“There is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office,” he said, “and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party.”
“But this decision is not about me, it’s about the people of Minnesota,” Franken declared.
Dozens of Democratic members of the Senate called for Franken to resign after a seventh woman came forward accusing him of sexual harassment and groping. Franken initially intended to stay in the Senate before the wave of his colleagues denounced him.