Bill Maher: Al Franken shouldn't be 'lumped in' with Roy Moore

Hollywood’s #MeToo wave engulfs Washington

Hours before Trump tweeted about Franken, Sanders told reporters that Trump did not plan to rescind his endorsement of Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused by several women of sexual misconduct.

Trump has repeatedly ignored questions on Moore since returning from his lengthy trip to Asia. Then when Lesley is passed out, I take her to the closet and rape her.' Or 'That's why you never see Lesley until February.' Or, 'When she passes out.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday that Trump finds the accusations againt Moore "very troubling" but thinks "the people of Alabama should make the decision on who their next senator should be".

Franken "doesn't deserve" to be "lumped in with Roy Moore or Kevin Spacey or Harvey Weinstein or Donald Trump", Maher said during his Real Time monologue on Friday night. Leeann Tweeden shared a photo showing her asleep while Al Franken held his hands above her chest.

Franken, who joined the Senate in 2009, apologized to Tweeden on Thursday in two statements and said he would fully cooperate with an ethics investigation.


Moore, who is running to fill the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has faced accusations over the past week that he pursued sexual and romantic relationships with teenage girls while he was in his 30s. Other Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have been more forceful, calling Moore unfit for the Senate, urging him out of the race and raising the specter of possible expulsion if he is elected.

Trump has repeatedly dismissed the allegations against him as fake news, most recently telling reporters on October 16: "It's just fake". Roy Moore has nine. "Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps?.", Trump tweeted.

In conversations in the West Wing on Wednesday, Trump expressed apprehension about being dragged into the topic of sexual assault or harassment if he weighs in.

He chastised the Minnesota Democrat who "just last week ... was lecturing anyone who would listen about sexual harassment and respect for women". Al Franken (D-MN) for alleged sexual misconduct. In October 2016, Trump brushed off a now-infamous 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape, which featured him bragging about grabbing women "by the pussy", as "locker room talk".

With the country confronting revelations of sexual impropriety by powerful men in entertainment and politics, Trump's status as someone accused months before the recent wave of news stories is also a complication for the White House. "He still firmly believes that", Sanders told reporters on Thursday, noting, "This is a decision people of Alabama need to make, not the President".

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