Democratic Sen. Al Franken found some unlikely defenders — conservatives.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and a handful of conservative pundits criticized the process by which Franken was effectively forced out of the Senate.
Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota found some unlikely defenders after it became clear he would resign from his seat following a bevy of sexual-misconduct allegations — several prominent conservative pundits.
Most prominently among them was former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who said Franken was essentially taken out by a “lynch mob” after more than 30 Democratic senators called for his resignation on Wednesday following the latest accusation.
Gingrich, a prominent supporter of President Donald Trump, said on Fox News host Laura Ingraham’s show Wednesday that Democrats were tossing Franken aside without any “due process” so they could appear to be “pure.”
“What you saw today was a lynch mob,” he said. “Let’s not have due process. Let’s not ask anybody any questions. Let’s not have any chance to have a hearing. Let’s just lynch him because when we are done, we will be so pure.”
He said that what Franken, former “Saturday Night Live” cast member was accused of doing was “the kind of things people in the entertainment business do.”
Ingraham cautioned viewers to be “wary” of joining such a “lynch mob.”
“Because tomorrow, it could be coming for your husband, your brother, your son, and yes, even your president,” she said.
Franken, first elected in 2008, announced his resignation on Thursday after several women accused him of groping or forcibly kissing them. In a Senate floor speech, Franken said he was “shocked” and “upset” by those allegations, claiming some were untrue while others he remembered “differently.”
The Minnesota senator said it was ironic that he was leaving the Senate while Trump, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than a dozen women, occupies the White House. And he highlighted the accusations against Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, who is alleged to have pursued teenage girls when he was in his 30s. He recently regained financial backing from the Republican National Committee and has seen support from the White House.
On her program, Ingraham said Democrats “determined” it was worth ousting Franken so they could claim the moral high ground against Moore and Trump.
“They have now determined that it is worth sacrificing Franken, just like they did John Conyers — throw him overboard to save the political Titanic that is their party,” she said. “What does this do? It sets the precedent for the Democrats to try to drive Roy Moore from office, should he win the Alabama Senate race. And two, this is the next step in the quest to impeach President Trump. The left is brilliant.”
“What if this happened to you?”
Ingraham wasn’t the only Fox News host to cast doubt on whether Franken’s ouster was a positive.
On his Wednesday night program, host Tucker Carlson suggested that his viewers should be cautious of celebrating Franken’s then-presumed resignation too much.
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