Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell thinks that Sen. Al Franken needs to go but is now fine with disgraced Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore despite mounting allegations that he preyed on children.
“The near daily barrage of allegations of sexual misconduct against Senator Franken are extremely concerning to all of us in the Senate,” McConnell said earlier this week. “While the Senate ethics committee is reviewing these serious allegations, it now appears that Senator Franken has lost the support of his colleagues, and most importantly, his constituents. I do not believe he can effectively serve the people of Minnesota in the U.S. Senate any longer.”
Franken did announce his upcoming resignation on Thursday, but got a shot in on the hypocrisy of the other side.
“I of all people am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving, while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party,” Franken said on the Senate floor.
And it’s worth noting that while calling for Franken to resign, McConnell now appears fine with seating a man who is accused of sexually molesting a 14-year-old girl, sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl, and preying on many other teenage girls to the point he was reportedly banned from the local mall.
Not long after the initial allegations were reported by The Washington Post, McConnell said, “If these allegations are true, he must step aside.”
McConnell was even reported to be considering backing a write-in candidate in the race.
But in the ensuing days, polls showed that Moore was not plummeting in the race as many expected and he soon received a full-fledged endorsement from President Donald Trump, himself an accused sexual predator.
After the president’s endorsement, the Republican National Committee resumed sending tens of thousands of dollars to Alabama to help elect an accused child predator.
McConnell changed his tune too.
“I think we’re going to let the people of Alabama decide a week from Tuesday who they want to send to the Senate, and then we’ll address the matter appropriately,” McConnell said Sunday on ABC News‘ “This Week.”
Asked about his evolution on Moore Tuesday, McConnell insisted “There’s been no change of heart.”
“I had hoped earlier that he would withdraw as a candidate, and obviously it’s not going to happen,” McConnell said. “If he were to be elected, he would immediately have an ethics committee case, and the committee would take a look at the situation and give us advice.”
If McConnell’s answer strikes you as disingenuous, it may be because he made it as the RNC spends copious sums of money to send an accused child predator to the Senate.
According to The New York Post, the RNC has spent some $170,000 to help Moore’s campaign, even after making the temporary acknowledgment that Moore should receive no funding given the lurid allegations.