President Who Bragged About Sexual Assault Alleges Nonexistent Al Franken Tape, Silent on Roy Moore

President Donald Trump, accused of sexual assault and misconduct by 16 women himself, couldn’t wait to fire off factually dubious tweets about Democratic Sen. Al Franken’s sexual harassment scandal despite staying silent on Roy Moore’s child sexual abuse allegations.

On Thursday, Los Angeles radio news host Leeann Tweeden published a photo of Franken groping her over a Kevlar vest while she slept during a USO tour in 2006. Tweeden also accused Franken of badgering her into practicing a kiss for a sketch they were set to perform and then forcing his tongue into her mouth.

Franken apologized for the groping, which he said was intended as a joke, and called for an ethics investigation into himself.

“The first and most important thing—and if it’s the only thing you care to hear, that’s fine—is: I’m sorry,” he said in a statement. “I understand why we need to listen to and believe women’s experiences. I am asking that an ethics investigation be undertaken, and I will gladly cooperate.”

Despite saying we need to “listen to and believe women’s experiences,” Franken contested Tweeden’s version of the kiss, saying he doesn’t remember it “in the same way.”

“The truth is, what people think of me in light of this is far less important than what people think of women who continue to come forward to tell their stories,” Franken said. “They deserve to be heard, and believed. And they deserve to know that I am their ally and supporter. I have let them down and am committed to making it up to them.”

Franken’s behavior is appalling and his apology leaves much to be desired but that he is taking ownership of his actions is a striking contrast to Moore, who is defiantly refusing to accept responsibility for his predatory behavior and is smearing his accusers.

Trump has been silent on the mounting allegations against Moore, which were first published in The Washington Post over a week ago.

On Thursday, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway dismissed questions about Trump’s silence on Moore, claiming “He’s been very busy here working.”

Trump wasn’t too busy “working” while he was watching Fox News that evening.

“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?” Trump wrote on Twitter.

First of all, the photo and the CD reel it was on was in the possession of Tweeden, who gave several interviews Thursday to detail the allegations, which don’t include any other photos or behavior.

Second, he spelled Frankenstein wrong.

Third, Frankenstein is the doctor in that story, not the monster.

Trump followed that tweet up with a more factually inaccurate tweet.

“And to think that just last week he was lecturing anyone who would listen about sexual harassment and respect for women. Lesley Stahl tape? He asked.

There is no Lesley Stahl tape, and Trump would know that if he had paid more attention to Sean Hannity’s, whose show touched on the Stahl anecdote.

The anecdote was dug up by Fox News in a 1995 New York Magazine article in which Franken is quoted discussing a skit he suggested for “Saturday Night Live” in which he drugs and rapes the “60 Minutes” anchor. The skit did not come to be.

While the president is dubiously attacking Franken for terrible attempts at humor during his career as a comedian, people who live in glass houses should probably avoid throwing tape accusations. At a time when even the accused like Franken are calling for women to be heard and believed, Trump and the White House are disgustingly smearing his many sexual assault accusers as liars despite Trump bragging on tape about doing to women exactly what he has been accused of.

Now that’s a bad tape.



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