Trump criticizes Franken, remains silent on Roy Moore

Kristopher Drake
November 19, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump is displaying selective outrage over allegations of sexual harassment against prominent men in politics, but the White House said Friday the allegations he's faced in the past were already adjudicated through last year's election result.

Three of the 16 women who have accused Trump of some form of sexual assault spoke to People on Thursday. The first accusations of misconduct against him - namely, allegedly making sexual advances on a 14-year-old when he was 32 - were reported by the Washington Post on November 9.

Franken has apologized and said he does not remember that second incident in the same way, but he now faces a Senate ethics investigation that could see him fined, stripped of committee posts or even expelled.

Earlier on Thursday, the White House said Trump believes the allegations against Moore were "very troubling and should be taken seriously". Trump is pouncing on the allegations facing Sen. And he called the women sharing #MeToo stories about sexual assault, harassment and other misconduct "courageous".

Trump's criticism of Franken was notable because the president has so far declined to offer a specific response to allegations by several women that Moore, as a prosecutor in his 30s, approached them while they were teenagers. Al Franken, D-Minn., after the comedian-turned-politician was outed for sexually harassing a woman while she was asleep - and awake - about a decade ago.

"They're not only untrue, but they have no evidence to support them", Moore said in Birmingham, Alabama.

Los Angeles radio anchor Leeann Tweeden said that during a USO trip to the Middle East and Afghanistan in 2006 Franken forced his tongue in her mouth during a rehearsal for a skit and then groped her while she was sleeping during a flight home - a moment that was captured in a photograph.

Implicit in the Trump approach is his and his aides' confidence that he has absorbed the political damage from his own past, while Democrats, who depend heavily on women voters, may have more to lose now.

Lesley Stahl was the CBS reporter who Franken joked about raping in a skit on "Saturday Night Live". The Fox News host then moved on to Moore, stating that the "president's critics" are hitting Trump for his lack of mention of the Alabama GOP Senate candidate. The reference was included in a 1995 NY magazine article.

Moore won the Republican Senate primary on September 26. Time after time, he said Trump needed to say nothing more and said the solution rested on the voters who would decide Moore's fate.

"For Trump and his press secretary to continue to push the false agenda that the women are liars and continue to so cavalierly defame private citizens is outrageous and improper", Stoynoff said.

"The people of Alabama are smart enough to make a decision for themselves", Short said.

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