White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dodged a question Thursday regarding Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) taking a shot at President Donald Trump during his resignation speech.
Franken, who announced he was stepping down from Congress amid mounting sexual misconduct allegations, also used his speech to point out the “irony” that as he resigns, “a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office.”
When asked about those comments Thursday, Sanders reiterated Trump addressed the numerous sexual assault allegations during the campaign and that “the people of this country also addressed that when they elected Donald Trump to be president.”
Sanders was also pressed about the apparent discrepancy in how Democrats and Republicans are handling lawmakers being accused of sexual misconduct. Sanders said questions about that should be directed to those respective party leaders.
“I think that some of that would be left to some of the party leadership,” Sanders said.
While Franken was pushed to resign by Democrats in Washington as more women came forward with accusations, Republicans have embraced and endorsed Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault, including sexually touching a 14-year-old girl when he was in his 30s.
The White House on Wednesday defended Trump's continued support of Moore amid such claims, stating that ultimately it would be up to Alabamians to decide the election, while still offering him the full support of the office of the United States presidency.
Watch the exchange below, via MSNBC.