Trump Knocks Al Franken at Minnesota Rally for Resigning After Allegations: Folded ‘Like a Wet Rag’

During a rally in Minnesota on Thursday, President Donald Trump ripped former Senator Al Franken for leaving Congress so quickly after sexual misconduct allegations against him surfaced. Speaking in Franken’s home state, Trump opined: “That guy was, he was wacky. Boy, did he fold up like a wet rag, huh? …Man,  he was gone so fast.” Then reviving a popular crowd-pleasing rally tricked, he dropped Franken’s name by saying he wouldn’t: “I don’t want to mention Al Franken’s name so I won’t. He was gone so fast.” “He was gone so fast,” Trump continued on,” it was like oh he did something, oh oh oh, I resign, I quit.” Then, he slammed Franken’s replacement Tina Smith, who he said no one ever heard of and is “never going to vote for us.” Instead, he said, Smith will always vote with Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and Continue reading "Trump Knocks Al Franken at Minnesota Rally for Resigning After Allegations: Folded ‘Like a Wet Rag’"

How the Ghost of Al Franken is Haunting Brett Kavanaugh, Conservative Media, & #MeToo

As one of the few commentators with the gall (foolishness?) to commit blasphemy by expressing consistent skepticism and concern about the #MeToo movement, I have watched mostly in horror, but with some amusement, as the saga involving an ancient allegation of sexual abuse against Brett Kavanaugh has unfolded. Revulsion because it sure looks like a good man is getting unfairly smeared, but gratification because the frailties of both the conservative media and the #MeToo movement have been exposed in different, but significant, ways. Both the political left and right and right have compared — for very different reasons — what is happening now during Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation process to what occurred during the hearings for Justice Clarence Thomas when he was infamously accused of sexual harassment by Anita Hill. While there are obviously parallels here between those two circumstances, however, even more significant context for what is Continue reading "How the Ghost of Al Franken is Haunting Brett Kavanaugh, Conservative Media, & #MeToo"

Maher Urges Dems to Forgive Al Franken Ahead of 2020: ‘We Need a Comedian’ to Defeat Trump

On Friday night, Bill Maher called for a restoration of former Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) in order to defeat President Donald Trump in 2020. Last year, Franken was swept up in by the #MeToo movement after multiple women accused him of inappropriate touching in various photo ops and ultimately resigned from the Senate. Maher believes Trump’s “kryptonite” is “ridicule.” “The one thing that gets under his skin, besides red dye #2, is being made fun of,” Maher said. “Remember how he seethed when Obama made fun of him at the Correspondents Dinner? The hair on the back of his hair stood up, which was fascinating to watch since it’s been transplanted to the front of his head.” “We need someone who should shred Trump like a standup takes down a heckler because Trump is a heckler. And to fight him, we need a comedian,” Maher insisted. “That is Continue reading "Maher Urges Dems to Forgive Al Franken Ahead of 2020: ‘We Need a Comedian’ to Defeat Trump"

Al Franken: Paul Manafort Won’t Flip Because He’s Afraid of Russian Retaliation

  Former Senator Al Franken laid into President Donald Trump and former campaign manager Paul Manafort in a scathing Facebook post published on Tuesday. Upon learning that Manafort had been found guilty on eight counts, former senator Franken posited that President Trump will not pardon him because “he doesn’t have to.” “Manafort knows that if he talks, the Russians will seek retribution,” Franken explained. “Trump knows this too, [my wife] Franni believes. Perhaps, even, he and Putin discussed this in Helsinki.” Showing off his comedic chops, Franken went on to pose a satirical exchange between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. In it, Putin threatens Trump and Manafort with death via nerve agent if either should talk about any dealings with the Russian government. “Okay, I don’t know if that actually happened. Maybe they just talked about adoptions,” he quipped. “The point is, under Franni’s theory, Trump doesn’t have Continue reading "Al Franken: Paul Manafort Won’t Flip Because He’s Afraid of Russian Retaliation"

Kirsten Gillibrand Rebukes George Soros for Anger Towards Her Over Franken: ‘That’s On Him’

Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) isn’t giving an inch to billionaire George Soros when it comes to how she handled the sexual harassment allegations against Al Franken. Gillibrand gained the anger of the famous donor when she pushed for Franken to resign over allegations of sexual misconduct. According to HuffPost, Soros isn’t sure whom he’s backing in 2020, but that it will not be Gillibrand because she went after Franken, “whom I admire,” to “improve her chances” of being president. That didn’t faze Gillibrand in the least. “If standing up for women who have been wronged makes George Soros mad, that’s on him,” she told HuffPost. “But I won’t hesitate to always do what I think is right. For nearly a year, we have seen countless acts of courage as women and men have spoken hard truths about sexual assault and sexual harassment and demanded accountability.” “I stand with them Continue reading "Kirsten Gillibrand Rebukes George Soros for Anger Towards Her Over Franken: ‘That’s On Him’"

In Rare Interview, George Soros Criticizes Gillibrand: Pushed Franken to Resign ‘To Improve Her Chances’

If you’re tuned into politics even a little bit, you know who George Soros is. And the liberal billionaire activist has now given a rare interview to The Washington Post. Soros sounded off on Trump “fighting a trade war,” expressing qualified support for impeachment (“if there’s bipartisan support for it”) and dishing on his past encounters with the President. But it turns out Soros has a few thoughts about the state of the Democratic party as well, particularly on the issue of unity. He liked Hillary Clinton but said she “was too much like a schoolmarm” during the campaign. And then there’s his take on the 2020 race:
I think there are many qualified candidates, and I think also that some will distinguish themselves in the 2018 elections that will give them more chances. I may add that there’s only one whom I would not like to see succeed, and Continue reading "In Rare Interview, George Soros Criticizes Gillibrand: Pushed Franken to Resign ‘To Improve Her Chances’"

Bill Clinton Questions Al Franken Accusations: ’Women on Saturday Night Live’ Defended Him

Former President Bill Clinton sat down with PBS NewsHour managing editor and anchor Judy Woodruff on Thursday to talk about the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Taking a softer tone, Clinton admitted the former intern “paid quite a price” for the affair. Yet when talk turned to former Senator Al Franken (D-MN) and his resignation after a sexual harassment scandal of his own, Clinton seemed to call into question at least one of the accuser’s accounts. “I assume you think that what happened with you was more serious than what happened with Senator — former Senator Al Franken,” Woodruff said. “He was driven from office, from the U.S. Senate. So, norms have changed. Do you think that’s a good thing?” she then asked. “Well, in general, I think it’s a good thing, yes,” Clinton remarked. He then said this, seemingly defending the former senator:
I think that — I will be Continue reading "Bill Clinton Questions Al Franken Accusations: ’Women on Saturday Night Live’ Defended Him"