The editorial board of Minnesota’s largest newspaper on Wednesday called on Sen. Al Franken to resign “immediately” amid growing allegations of sexual misconduct.
“The Star Tribune Editorial Board now adds its voice to those asking Franken to step down immediately,” the editorial said. “No senator can function effectively when he has lost the confidence of so many colleagues.”
Dozens of Democratic senators called on Franken to step down after a seventh woman accused him of inappropriate behavior.
A former Democratic congressional aide told Politico that Franken had tried to forcibly kiss her in 2006, two years before Franken became a senator.
The unnamed woman said she ducked to avoid the kiss, and Franken told her, “It’s my right as an entertainer.”
Franken denied the accusation.
“If this is to be an actual turning point in our culture, there must be real and lasting consequences to behaviors that never should have been accepted. That these incidents came so late in Franken’s life should make him all the more accountable. Instead, he has mostly offered hollow apologies that failed to acknowledge what happened,” the Star Tribune wrote.
The editorial board said Democrats have the chance to set a higher standard than the Republican Party is doing with Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexually harassing or assaulting several women when they were teenagers.
“Some Franken supporters have said that so long as President Donald Trump, himself accused by a string of women of sexual misconduct, occupies the White House — and while Republicans continue to rally around Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, credibly accused of molesting and pursuing underage girls — Franken should stay. That is a cynical calculation that indulges in the same tribalism for which Republicans have been rightly criticized,” it said.