On Wednesday, there was a number of Democratic senators who have called on Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) to resign as there are numerous sexual misconduct allegations against him.
Below is the full list of senators:
Senator Chuck Schumer (NY)
“Senator Franken should resign. I consider Senator Franken a dear friend and greatly respect his accomplishments, but he has a higher obligation to his constituents and the Senate, and he should step down immediately.”
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY)
“While Senator Franken is entitled to have the Ethics Committee conclude its review, I believe it would be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in our society isn’t acceptable by stepping aside to let someone else serve.”
Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA)
It’s clear the American people don’t look lightly on these kinds of actions, no matter who they’re committed by, and the number of complaints against Senator Franken is a concern. I think resignation is the right thing for him to do.
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) December 6, 2017
Senator Tom Carper (DE)
Al Franken has been a friend to many in the Senate – Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike – but these allegations are deeply troubling, especially as the number has grown. I believe it's time for him to resign.
— Senator Tom Carper (@SenatorCarper) December 6, 2017
Senator Tammy Duckworth (IL)
“I am deeply disappointed by Senator Franken’s behavior. He must step aside. To all those across America who have come forward to share their stories over the past few months: thank you. Your courage and strength in driving this long-overdue national conversation is awe-inspiring. As national leaders, we must hold ourselves to a higher standard — and we must lead by example to ensure every person is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. This isn’t about Democrats or Republicans, it’s about our society. It’s about who we are as a people and the kind of country we want our daughters — and our sons — to grow up in.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA)
“I think he should resign.” According to a spokesperson, Warren has privately urged Franken to step down.
Senator Jeff Merkley (OR)
Senator Franken has said he will make an announcement tomorrow, and I hope that he will do the right thing. It is in the best interest of our country for him to step aside.
— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) December 6, 2017
Senator Ron Wyden (OR)
I expect that Senator Franken will announce his resignation tomorrow. It is the right thing to do given this series of serious allegations.
— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) December 6, 2017
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)
“Given what we have learned in recent weeks, I expect Senator Franken to step aside.”
Sen. Jack Reed (RI)
“I think Senator Franken should resign. The accumulating accusations and acknowledgment that inappropriate behavior took place cannot be countenanced. Sexual harassment must not be tolerated and this is part of a larger national discussion that is long overdue and must lead to fundamental change and lasting progress.”
Senator Mazie Hirono (HI)
Today, I am calling on my colleague Al Franken to step aside. I’ve struggled with this decision because he’s been a good Senator and I consider him a friend. But that cannot excuse his behavior and his mistreatment of women. (thread)
— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) December 6, 2017
Senator Maggie Hassan (NH)
It is clear that Al Franken has engaged in a pattern of egregious and unacceptable behavior toward women. He should resign.
— Sen. Maggie Hassan (@SenatorHassan) December 6, 2017
Senator Kamala Harris (Calif.)
Sexual harassment and misconduct should not be allowed by anyone and should not occur anywhere. I believe the best thing for Senator Franken to do is step down.
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) December 6, 2017
Sen. Bill Nelson (FL)
“Sexual harassment is never acceptable. I agree with a majority of the Democratic senators that Sen. Franken should step aside.”
Senator Claire McCaskill (MO)
Al Franken should resign.
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) December 6, 2017
Senator Patty Murray (WA)
It’s time for us as elected representatives to hold ourselves to a higher standard, to set an example, and to live a set of values that is truly representative and worthy of the Congress, our democracy, and our great country.
— Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray) December 6, 2017
Senator Maria Cantwell (WA)
Senator Franken’s actions are disturbing, egregious, and demonstrate a pattern of serious misconduct and abuse. It is time for Senator Franken to resign from office.
— Sen. Maria Cantwell (@SenatorCantwell) December 6, 2017
Sen. Chris Murphy (CT)
“The increasing number of women coming forward suggests a pattern of repeated harassment and unacceptable behavior that is impossible to ignore. Senator Franken has denied some of these allegations and has the right to continue to seek a process through the Ethics Committee, but I believe the best course of action for him right now is to step down, as I expect he will do tomorrow.”
Sen. Cory Booker (NJ)
“I think it’s time for him to step down.”
Sen. Jon Tester (MO)
Elected officials must be held to a high standard, Al Franken is no exception. It’s time for him to step down.
— Senator Jon Tester (@SenatorTester) December 6, 2017
Senator Tammy Baldwin (WI)
I believe it is best for Senator Franken to resign.
— Sen. Tammy Baldwin (@SenatorBaldwin) December 6, 2017
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Senator Bob Casey (PA)
I agree with my colleagues who have stepped forward today and called on Senator Franken to resign. We can’t just believe women when it’s convenient.
— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) December 6, 2017
Senator Sherrod Brown (OH)
I have listened to them. I have listened to my female colleagues, to women I work with and women in my life. And I agree the time has come for Senator Franken to step aside.
— Sherrod Brown (@SenSherrodBrown) December 6, 2017
Sen. Gary Peters (MI)
I think the time has come for Senator Franken to step down
— Senator Gary Peters (@SenGaryPeters) December 6, 2017
Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI)
Sexual harassment is unacceptable. I believe Senator Franken should do the right thing and resign.
— Sen. Debbie Stabenow (@SenStabenow) December 6, 2017
Senator Heidi Heitkamp (ND)
We must commit to zero tolerance – which is where I believe we as a country and Congress should be – and that means Senator Franken should step down. Full statement: pic.twitter.com/4qrZB0mBTo
— Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (@SenatorHeitkamp) December 6, 2017
Senator Ed Markey (MA)
I join my colleagues in calling for Senator Franken to step aside and resign. Sexual harassment is unacceptable, completely inappropriate and cannot be tolerated.
— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) December 6, 2017
Senator Joe Donnelly (IN)
Joe is calling for Senator Franken to resign. pic.twitter.com/ff5i1rnhJs
— Senator Joe Donnelly (@SenDonnelly) December 6, 2017
Sen. Michael Bennet (CO)
Sexual harassment and misconduct are never acceptable. I understand Senator Franken will make an announcement tomorrow morning, and I'm confident he'll do the right thing and step aside.
— Michael F. Bennet (@SenBennetCO) December 6, 2017
Sen. Dick Durbin (IL)
Senator Franken’s behavior was wrong. He has admitted to what he did. He should resign from the Senate.
— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) December 6, 2017
Senator Patrick Leahy (VT)
“I just learned of the latest, disturbing allegation against Senator Franken. While the facts from case to case can differ, and while there are sound reasons for weighing evidence in such cases in a deliberate and carefully considered process, Senator Franken’s situation has become untenable. I am concerned that even a prompt Ethics Committee investigation and recommendations will not come soon enough. He has to step aside. I hope as a nation that we are beginning to come to terms with the systemic problem of sexual harassment and assault, but we still have a long way to go.”
Sen. Martin Heinrich (NM)
Senator Franken needs to step down and we all need to do more to make clear that sexual harassment and assault are unacceptable.
— Martin Heinrich (@MartinHeinrich) December 6, 2017
Senator Tom Udall (NM)
Senator Franken should send a strong message that sexual misconduct is unacceptable in any setting and step down.
— Tom Udall (@SenatorTomUdall) December 6, 2017
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
“Sen. Franken has said that he will be making an announcement about his political future tomorrow. The right thing is for him to resign. We are now at a crossroads in American culture. And it is an important one. The way we treat women in our country has been abysmal in almost every way. We are finally addressing the issue of sexual harassment, and we need to get it right. But the conversation we are having now is only the tip of the iceberg. It needs to be an ongoing movement of women and men that includes a national discussion about sexism, sexual harassment, objectification, inequality and abuse of power,”
Sen. Angus King (I-ME)
My statement on Sen. Franken: pic.twitter.com/SuI2gmHHRk
— Senator Angus King (@SenAngusKing) December 6, 2017
Franken is expected to have a press conference on Thursday. Earlier, there was a report from Minnesota Public Radio that revealed that Franken was expected to resign during the press conference. However, Franken has pushed back and has denied the report.
— Sen. Al Franken (@SenFranken) December 6, 2017
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