Sen. Al Franken broke his silence and did a media tour explaining away his sexual offenses. “I’m looking forward to getting back to work tomorrow,” he said. He should instead take some of his own medicine and resign.
Five years ago, Franken co-sponsored a bill, the End Trafficking in Government Contracting Act, to strengthen federal legislation on human trafficking, which includes sexual exploitation. The bill, which was approved by the Senate in December 2012, was necessitated because of the failure of the existing “zero tolerance” policy.
In July 2013, Franken co-sponsored another bill, the Military Justice Improvement Act, to deal with the “epidemic of sexual assault in the military.” It was necessitated because of the failure of the existing “zero tolerance” policy.
It was noble of Franken to support going beyond “zero tolerance” to combat sexual abuse by government contractors and subcontractors who operate overseas. Similarly, it was noble of him to support going beyond “zero tolerance” to combat sexual molestation in the armed forces.
It was ignoble of him to go back to work today. Does he think that his support for legislation combating sexual abuse should not extend to him? He has admitted to one act of sexual abuse, and is accused by three other women of violating them.
Ironically, it was the Catholic Church that first instituted a “zero tolerance” policy for abusers. And what did Franken do? He mocked it.
Now that Franken has proven that he has no integrity left, it is up to the Senate to show him the door. He is utterly shameless.