Amid the sexual misconduct reckoning that is gripping the political world, allegations against President Donald Trump have resurfaced – and a growing chorus of Democratic lawmakers is calling on him to resign.
Several have said the president should follow the example of Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota, who announced his resignation December 7 after several women came forward with misconduct allegations against him.
Franken’s departure, a defamation lawsuit from one of Trump’s 19 accusers, and about 60 House Democrats calling for an investigation into the allegations against him have turned up the pressure on Trump.
In a statement issued December 11, the White House said “the timing and absurdity of these false claims speaks volumes and the publicity tour that has begun only further confirms the political motives behind them.”
Here are the Democrats who have said Trump should resign so far:
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont
“We have a president who acknowledged on tape that he assaulted women,” Sanders tweeted the day Franken resigned. “I would hope that he pays attention to what’s going on and think about resigning.”
In an interview on “Meet The Press” that Sunday, Sanders noted that Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota resigned after several women accused him of sexual harassment.
“Al Franken felt it proper for him to resign,” Sanders said. “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.”
Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon
Merkley cited the number of accusers in his own call for Trump to step down.
“The president should resign because he certainly has a track record with more than 17 women of horrific conduct,”Merkley told “Meet The Press Daily” the day Franken resigned. The number of accusers is now up to 19, according to New York Magazine’s tally.
Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey
Booker also used Franken’s resignation to criticise the president.
“If we now are doing the right thing in this country, and we’re having a comeuppance and we’re holding people accountable – if Al Franken just did the right thing and resigned, it is time for Donald Trump to resign as well,” Booker told Vice News December 9.
Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon
Wyden said Trump can’t be exempt from prosecution for the allegations.
“These women are right,” Wyden tweeted December 11. “If @realDonaldTrump won’t resign, Congress must investigate allegations by many, many women that he sexually assaulted and harassed them. No one is above the law.”
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York
Sen. Gillibrand did not mince her words when it came to Trump’s political future.
“President Trump should resign,” Gillibrand told CNN December 11. “These allegations are credible; they are numerous. I’ve heard these women’s testimony, and many of them are heartbreaking.”
Gillibrand also said that if he does not resign, an investigation into his conduct would be in order.
Trump fired back at Gillibrand after her comments on Tuesday morning, using several of his trademark insults.
“Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!” Trump tweeted.
After that tweet, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts accused the president of “slut-shaming” Gillibrand.
Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii
In response to Trump’s attack on Gillibrand, Hirono fired back, both defending her colleague and slamming Trump for his own misconduct.
“@realDonaldTrump is a misogynist, compulsive liar, and admitted sexual predator,” Hirono tweetedDecember 12. “Attacks on Kirsten are the latest example that no one is safe from this bully. He must resign.
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