Minnesota senator Al Franken resigned last year amid controversy of allegations of sexual misconduct stacked against him.
His fellow senators from both sides of the aisle called for his resignation, and he did resign before an ethics investigation into him was even completed.
One senator calling him out for his behavior was Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME). “Sexual harassment and assault have no place in any workplace,” she tweeted last year. “The reports involving Senator Franken are disturbing.”
Sexual harassment and assault have no place in any workplace. The reports involving Senator Franken are disturbing. His belated apology was certainly warranted.
— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) November 16, 2017
Almost a year had passed since Collins condemned Franken, and Friday she stood up and defended Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual assault.
She did say that she found Ford’s testimony “compelling”, but that it wasn’t enough to not vote for the judge.
“I listened carefully to Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before the Judiciary Committee. I found her testimony to be sincere, painful, and compelling. I believe that she is a survivor of a sexual assault and that this trauma has upended her life.”
Collins stated that with “any given claim of misconduct we will be ill served in the long republic if we abandon the presumption of innocence and fairness tempting though it may be.”
Democratic senators don’t want Kavanaugh to be a Supreme Court justice. In 2017, many of them didn’t want Franken to continue in his role of senator.
On Saturday, all Republican senators, with the exception of Sen. Lisa Murkowski, are set to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court despite the mounting sexual misconduct allegations made against him.
A Republican that has stayed consistent on his views of men accused of sexual misconduct is President Donald Trump. He firmly defended Kavanaugh and on Thursday at a rally in Franken’s home state, as reported by the New York Times, he mocked the former senator for resigning amid his allegations.
“Boy, did he fold up like a wet rag, huh? Man. Man. He was gone so fast, O.K.?” he said to the crowd.
“‘Oh, oh, oh, I resign, I quit,’” Trump joked.
“I don’t want to mention Al Franken’s name, so I won’t mention.”