Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is covered in Weinstein slime.
In the latest — or one of the latest — allegations against a powerful man for sexual harassment, the senator faces his own scandal after a model/sports commentator has divulged an unwanted wet kiss she endured in 2006 on a USO tour to the Middle East.
He was married. She had a boyfriend. She was horrified.
Meanwhile, Franken-Stein is a gigantic proponent of “brave” women who have come forward to disclose their experiences with harrassers like himself.
Last month, in a lengthy Facebook post, Franken exalted the women who have shared their stories about Hollywood pervert Harvey Weinstein.
Franken, a former comedian, had written a sketch that he performed with the anchor. In it, he wrote in the part where she says he “aggressively” stuck his tongue in Leeann Tweeden‘s mouth.
Another comedian, Louie C.K., has seen his professional life take a nosedive after five women told the New York Times that he masturbated or asked to in their presence. “At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my dick without asking first, which is also true,” C.K. said in a statement.
“The women who have shared their stories about Harvey Weinstein over the last few days are incredibly brave,” Franken wrote on Facebook. “It takes a lot of courage to come forward, and we owe them our thanks. And as we hear more and more about Mr. Weinstein, it’s important to remember that while his behavior was appalling, it’s far too common.”
It sure is.
“That’s what Gretchen Carlson addresses in a New York Times op-ed she authored,” he continued, praising the news anchor who brought down Fox News President Roger Ailes, who is six feet under. “In it, she says, ‘When I filed my sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News’s chairman and chief executive, Roger Ailes, in July 2016, I felt alone. But after I told my story, thousands of women — police officers, teachers, oil-rig operators, sports executives, military officers, engineers, waitresses, lawyers, secretaries — told me theirs.'”
Franken surprisingly left out out female reporters as a category.
“We must do something to address this all-too-common problem,” he wrote. “And one thing we can do—which Gretchen has become a bold advocate for—is reforming arbitration laws, which prevent people who experience workplace harassment from going to court. …That’s why I’ve been working to pass the Arbitration Fairness Act—so that people in the workplace wouldn’t have to sign away their rights to have their day in court when they take a job.”
The sportscaster says she never told anyone because did not want to be “the troublemaker.”