Senator Al Franken (D-MN) has announced his intentions to resign amidst a series of allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct. During his statement, he said that the allegations are not true, but that women deserve to have their “experiences taken seriously.” Franken said that an ethics investigation would have cleared his name, but that the people of Minnesota deserve a Senator who isn’t mired in such sordid proceedings.
It was the right thing for Franken to do, a gracious bowing out that allows the Democrats to focus, without hypocrisy, on the rampant sexual abuse and misconduct in the Republican party. If we are going to condemn predators and rapists like President Trump and Roy Moore, we must be willing to hold our own side accountable. Franken pointed out the GOP hypocrisy during his statement:
“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,” said Franken.
The fact that Franken — whose worst allegation of groping is no small matter and can’t be tolerated — is resigning while Trump, who is accused of raping a 13-year-old girl, is still in power is a clear demonstration of a disgusting double-standard.
Never one to shy away from shoving his foot into his mouth hard enough to dislodge his molars, Donald Trump Jr. decided to run to Twitter to take a shot at Senator Franken. The sniveling beneficiary of a lifetime of nepotism mocked Franken by invoking a character Franken once place on Saturday Night Live, where he worked before moving into politics.
…because I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and God-darnit people like me. #Franken
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 7, 2017
The quote is a reference to Franken’s character Stuart Smiley, whose catchphrase was “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.” Like most things from Trump’s dimwitted son, the insult doesn’t really make a lot of sense.
Is he trying to compare the content of Franken’s resignation speech to the character’s insistence that people like him? Is he simply trying to mock the senator’s past as a professional comedian? If it’s the latter, the tweet is especially pathetic, given that Trump Jr. has been given everything since birth, and Franken had to work hard and scrape his way to success as a comedian before moving on to becoming a successful politician. The president’s son is punching up.
Not surprisingly, the inane tweet didn’t fair very well, and Trump Jr. was inundated with sarcastic and mocking responses. Many of the tweets pointed out the fact that he hasn’t renounced his father, who has been accused by numerous women of sexual assault and even rape. Other users focused on the content of the quote, pointing out that no one really likes Donald Trump Jr.
You'd think when you're soooo close to going to jail you'd stop poking the karmic bear…
— Nick Carter (@ComedyCarter) December 7, 2017
not even your dad likes you dude
— sebastian gawker (@libbycwatson) December 7, 2017
Did you wear a diaper when you tweeted this?
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) December 7, 2017
Why don’t you focus on that pos dad of yours?
— Bernadette norton (@Bernade55907964) December 7, 2017
It's funny because no one has legitimately liked you your entire life.
— QUIET COMPANY (@quietcompanytx) December 7, 2017
You are a criminal Mobster and dealing with Mogilevich associates and Russian Kremlin officials for decades will finally all catch up and land you in JAIL pic.twitter.com/BHdNpP0N8e
— Olga_Lautman NYC ✨ (@olgaNYC1211) December 7, 2017
Saving this tweet so I can look at it when your ass is in prison. Have a nice day.
— Alexandra Halaby (@iskandrah) December 7, 2017
You are the definition of a nasty, self-righteous hypocrite. And you screwed yourself yesterday. Lying to Congress is a crime. Why do you think you won’t get caught – yet again?
— Melissa Jo Peltier (@MelissaJPeltier) December 7, 2017
Now it's your daddy's turn to resign for the EXACT SAME REASONS.
— MattDoc (@MattDoc) December 7, 2017
Donald Trump Jr. is a sniveling brat who has ridden to international prominence on his father’s tattered, spray-tan stained coattails. Special counsel Robert Mueller will eventually expose the truth about the entire Trump family and hopefully, when that happens, the American people will be getting the last laugh.