Disgraced former Sen. Al Franken says in Thanksgiving note he thinks about ‘experience of women’ in US


Disgraced former Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, who resigned amid allegations of inappropriately touching several women, said in a Thanksgiving message he’s reflecting on the conversation surrounding the #MeToo movement and promised to “listen and learn.”

“I’ve also spent a lot of time over this past year thinking about the broader conversation we’ve been having about the experience of women in this country,” Franken wrote in a Facebook post Thursday. “I know that, for so many people, this issue raises a lot of powerful and painful feelings. This conversation can also be incredibly complicated. I don’t think it’s my place to weigh in on all the debates — but I will continue to listen and learn.”

Franken was pressured to resign last year after eight women accused him of sexual misconduct. Prominent Democrats, such as New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, urged Franken to step down.

But his resignation speech on the Senate floor drew criticism for appearing to not be remorseful enough and for instead taking parting shots at Republicans. – READ MORE

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