Two Senators called for President Donald Trump to resign over the many sexual assault and misconduct allegations against him, CNN reports.
Democratic Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Jeff Merkley of Oregon became the first two Senators to call for Trump’s resignation this weekend.
Speaking with Vice News, Booker said that Trump should do the “honorable thing and resign” just like Sen. Al Franken did.
“I just watched Sen. Al Franken do the honorable thing and resign from his office,” Booker told Vice. “My question is, why isn’t Donald Trump doing the same thing — who has more serious allegations against him, with more women who have come forward. The fact pattern on him is far more damning than the fact pattern on Al Franken.”
Franken announced his resignation last week after eight women came forward to accuse him of groping and/or forcibly kissing them.
Merkley separately called for Trump to resign in an email to supporters.
“I want to be absolutely clear. Donald Trump should resign the presidency,” Merkley said. “At least 17 women have accused Donald Trump of horrific sexual misconduct, and I believe them. Moreover, he’s bragged on tape about that behavior. This is not about politics. This is not about policy. I disagree with him on many things, but this is not about that.”
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders stopped short of calling for Trump’s resignation, but urged him to “think about” it.
“What I just said is Al Franken felt it proper for him to resign. Here you have a president who has been accused by many women of assault who says on a tape that he assaulted women, he might want to think about doing the same,” Sanders said.
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The calls come as the #MeToo movement has pushed many to reconsider years-old sexual assault allegations against powerful men.
Even Trump’s United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley broke with the White House talking points to urge for the president’s accusers to be “heard.”
Haley said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday that she is “incredibly proud of the women who have come forward.”
“I’m proud of their strength,” she said. “I’m proud of their courage. And I think that the idea that this is happening, I think it will start to bring a conscience to the situation, not just in politics, but in, you know, we’ve seen in Hollywood and in every industry. And I think the time has come.”
Asked about Trump’s accusers, Haley said, “Well, I mean, you know, the same thing, is women who accuse anyone should be heard.”
“They should be heard and they should be dealt with,” she added. “And I think we heard from them prior to the election. And I think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up.”
But Haley qualified her statement by noting that whether the issue was settled during the election as “for the people to decide.”
“You know, that’s for the people to decide,” she said. “I know that he was elected. But, you know, women should always feel comfortable coming forward. And we should all be willing to listen to them.”
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