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Worse, Franken isn’t even leaving the Senate right away.
The Minnesota politician and former actor said he would be resigning “in the coming weeks,” but that he will remain an advocate for liberal and women’s causes.
That’s pretty funny, since he also implied that his victims lied to authorities about his groping, harassment and sexual assaults.
“I know in my heart that nothing I have done as a senator — nothing — has brought dishonor on this institution,” Franken said.
He also took time in his resignation speech to bash Donald Trump, implying that Trump’s female accusers are telling the truth while his own are lying.
More from ABC News:
In his speech Thursday, Franken advocated for the public to believe the accounts of women who voiced claims of sexual assault and misconduct but steadfastly continued his denial of some of the allegations against him, and at no point in his remarks did he offer an apology.
“I know in my heart that nothing I have done as a senator — nothing — has brought dishonor on this institution,” he said.
He contrasted the response to accusations against him to those against Donald Trump and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who, respectively, fielded and are facing similar claims during their campaigns.
“I, of all people, am aware that 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 and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party,” Franken said.
Moore has regained the support of Trump, the Republican National Committee and a growing number of Republican senators before Tuesday’s special election, after at least eight women have accused him of sexual misconduct or inappropriate behavior toward them when he was in his 30s and, in some cases, the women were in their teens.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, roughly a dozen women accused Trump of earlier sexual misconduct or assault.
Trump and Moore have denied the allegations against them, with Trump going so far as to call his accusers liars and threatening legal action. He has not acted on that threat.
Sounds like there’s about to be one less slimy hypocrite in the U.S. Senate!