Bill Maher: Al Franken shouldn't be 'lumped in' with Roy Moore

Lucy Bush
November 19, 2017

On Thursday night, President Donald Trump suggested Sen.

Accusations of Franken's misconduct come two days after a candid hearing in Washington, during which female lawmakers said sexual harassment is a pervasive problem on Capitol Hill.

As Trump assailed Franken, Moore was digging in, pledging to fight the accusations against him as the state GOP in Alabama reaffirmed its support for the embattled candidate. The incident took place in 2006 before Franken won the Minnesota Senate seat and during a U.S.O. tour through the Middle East. Tweeden shared her story with the #MeToo hashtag that is used to signify sexual abuse, assault, harassment, or rape. But while this is terrible and creepy, Maher argues that he doesn't deserve "to be lumped in with Roy Moore, or Kevin Spacey, or Harvey Weinstein". America is extremely polarized and many people are now siding with abusers along political party lines.

Moore has denied any past misconduct, and on Wednesday, a Moore attorney attempted to challenge the accuser's account.

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"The President has been clear that those allegations were not truthful", he said. Al Franken, D-Minn., after the comedian-turned-politician was outed for sexually harassing a woman while she was asleep - and awake - about a decade ago. "Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps?.", Trump tweeted. Trump tweeted, misspelling Frankenstein. Trump wrote in back-to-back tweets.

The "Lesley Stahl tape" Trump mentions is a reference to a 1995 NY magazine story about Saturday Night Live depicting Franken telling a joke about raping 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl. The reference was included in a 1995 NY magazine article.

Franken has since apologized for those perverted acts and is barricaded in his figurative bunker as the calls for his resignation grow deafening.

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

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Trump said during his recently concluded Asia trip that he would have more to say about Moore when he returned home. But he has ignored repeated questions from reporters since then and left it to Sanders to offer bare-bones comments. Other Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have been more forceful, calling Moore unfit for the Senate, urging him out of the race and raising the specter of possible expulsion if he is elected.

When asked what they would tell Trump if he were seated next to them, Bill Clinton said Trump should, "stop seeking enemies and look for people to work with". However, he has remained silent on the allegations facing Moore.

The response came immediately, and from many directions, on social media. "Roy Moore's spent more time chatting up young girls at the mall than Santa Claus".

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