Trump blasts Franken, but stays silent on Moore

19 November, 2017, 02:39 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Trump blasts Franken, but stays silent on Moore

At the second presidential debate, days after the tape was released, he appeared with several women who had accused Bill Clinton of sexual misdeeds decades ago. The first accusations of misconduct against him - namely, allegedly making sexual advances on a 14-year-old when he was 32 - were reported by the Washington Post on November 9.

"For Trump and his press secretary to continue to push the false agenda that the women are liars and continue to so cavalierly defame private citizens is outrageous and improper", Stoynoff said.

In his tweets, Trump focused on the photographic evidence against Franken, suggesting that perhaps worse photos exist.

She bluntly turned down a suggestion that Trump's actions be examined, as Franken's will be by the Senate Ethics Committee. "And none of us should get ahead of that", she added.

Hillary Clinton said Trump, as president, should do more to unite the country.

"Even before the president weighed in, folks were already trying to attack him" over Moore and his own history, said a political ally in regular contact with the White House who requested anonymity to speak candidly about political strategy. Plus with Al Franken, we're talking about one incident.

He chastised the Minnesota Democrat who "just last week ... was lecturing anyone who would listen about sexual harassment and respect for women".




"The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps?" read the president's first tweet, sent just after 10 p.m.in Washington.

The White House said in a written statement last week that Moore should step aside if the allegations of sexual misconduct against him are true.

The reference to Stahl, a CBS News journalist, is apparently a reference to a 1995 interview where Franken, then a cast member of Saturday Night Live, spoke about a skit in which she would have been drugged and raped.

Franken's alleged misconduct occurred not long after he had moved home to Minnesota from NY, and was already positioning himself to run for Senate in 2008, a race that he narrowly won after a recount.

Earlier in the day, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway defended the president's lack of statements on Moore, saying he was concentrating on the work from his recent trip to Asia.

When asked about the past behaviour of Bill Clinton, her husband and a former United States president, and if she should have been more supportive of his female accusers versus reports that she attacked their credibility, Hillary said, "Every situation has to be judged on its own merit".

"He's anxious about the conversation moving to his past accusers", the Republican familiar with the matter said, noting that the President believes his accusers were unfair and some of Moore's may be, too. After Strange lost, Trump felt misled, believing Strange to be a low-energy establishment pick who wasn't aligned with his core group of supporters, according to aides.

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