Trump goes after Al Franken, but remains silent on Roy Moore

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Trump faces his own allegations of sexual misconduct by more than a dozen women. Trump tweeted. "And to think that just last week he was lecturing anyone who would listen about sexual harassment and respect for women". 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.

Franken, who joined the Senate in 2009, apologized to Tweeden on Thursday in two statements and said he would fully cooperate with an ethics investigation.

The allegations against Moore are politically charged for the White House. And he called the women sharing #MeToo stories about sexual assault, harassment and other misconduct "courageous".

NBC News added yesterday, "T$3 he silence from Trump - as the president of the United States, as the leader of the Republican Party and as someone who is never afraid to tweet what's on his mind - speaks volumes".

The clock is tracking the time since Trump returned from his 12-day trip across Asia, during which he promised to comment on the allegations facing Moore once he returned to the U.S. Al Franken, D-Minn., after the comedian-turned-politician was outed for sexually harassing a woman while she was asleep - and awake - about a decade ago.

Afterwards, guest Chelsea Handler also came to Franken's defense: "I agree with you on Al Franken", she said to Maher. The Fox News host then moved on to Moore, stating that the "president's critics" are hitting Trump for his lack of mention of the Alabama GOP Senate candidate.

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"However, the president also believes that if these allegations are true, Judge Moore will do the right thing and step aside", she said.

But the strike against Franken indicated a more political rationale. Al Franken Thursday night after a woman said he groped and kissed her without her consent. In interviews on Thursday and Friday, Tweeden accepted the apology and said on "Good Morning America" that she was not calling for him to step down.

The second appeared to refer to a skit Franken had discussed while working on "Saturday Night Live" that involved drugging and raping CBS reporter Lesley Stahl.

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.

Since the Post's report, more people have come forward with accusations against the candidate. Time after time, he said Trump needed to say nothing more and said the solution rested on the voters who would decide Moore's fate.

"He thinks that the people of Alabama should make the decision on who their next senator should be", Sanders said of the president, who dodged questions from reporters on the subject twice earlier in the week. Bringing up and laughing about Moore's excuse that he didn't remember dating any girl without getting her mother's permission, Maher imagines him as saying, "I'm a chivalrous child molester".

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