Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., announced on Thursday that he will resign in the "coming weeks," after weeks of allegations of sexual misconduct, revealing that Franken acted inappropriately with women both before and during his time in the Senate.
Notably absent from that speech were the words "I'm sorry" or "I apologize."
Instead, while saying he wanted to be "respectful," Franken remained defiant and said: "Some of the allegations against me are simply not true. Others, I remember very differently." Never did he admit any wrongdoing.
Franken expressed how proud he was of the work he's done, and even called himself a "champion of women."
In what should have been a contrite, self-reflecting apology speech, he felt the need to toss a political hand grenade over to Republicans for continuing to back President Trump and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, despite them being accused of a mounting number of allegations of sexual misconduct.
"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.
Franken's speech comes a day after Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., led a charge of Democrats calling for Franken to resign after a seventh accuser came forward alleging Franken engaged in sexually inappropriate conduct with her in 2006.
It's certainly possible that Franken is a sacrificial lamb by Democrats to seize the moral high ground. However, when his own resignation fails to mention those the Senator had hurt previously and instead claims to recall the incidences differently, there's more than a shadow of a doubt that this is just politics as usual, and Franken really doesn't regret anything he's done.