Trump's scolding of Franken immediately backfires

Trump's scolding of Franken immediately backfires

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".

"The President said in his statement earlier this week that, if the allegations are true, then that Roy Moore should step aside". Two women have alleged physical assaults.

Franken is a Democrat. "It's fake. It's made-up stuff".

But White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump's accusers should not be believed in the same way.

In Franken, "the president basically had a free shot on goal" to "remind people that Democrats have some serious problems on their end", the ally said. "That's a very big distinction".

Sanders brushed past the president's own history with a novel strategy - blaming Franken because the senator had apologized for a physical assault while absolving Trump because he hadn't. "Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps?" read the president's first tweet, sent just after 10 Washington.

He continued, "And to think that just last week he was lecturing anyone who would listen about sexual harassment and respect for women".

Moore has so far been defiant in the face of calls for him to abandon his candidacy.

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Franken quickly apologized to Tweeden and called for a full investigation of his actions.

Tweeden said she accepted Franken's apology. "I'm sorry, he's not a predator". But, then, the Al Franken scandal broke. She relived her harrowing experience with Franken for KABC.

But while Trump has been quiet on the issue, his daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump has spoken out, telling the Associated Press this week she believed the women accusing Moore and that there's "a special place in hell for people who prey on children". Al Franken late Thursday night, attacking the senator for a recently unearthed photograph showing him appearing to fondle the breasts of a fellow entertainer on a military tour. The Republican said, among other things, that he kisses women he considers attractive - "I don't even wait", Trump claimed at the time - which he said he can get away with because of his public profile.

Moore has pledged to fight the accusations against him as the state GOP in Alabama reaffirmed its support for the embattled candidate. He continues to contend that all of the women who have accused him are liars, Sanders said last month.

For the second day in a row, Moore supporters in his home state held a news conference.

He's also threatened to sue The Washington Post, which broke the story and claimed the women were paid to make up the stories. "He will not stop fighting for the people of Alabama".

If Trump is too "busy" to comment on Moore, but has time to take shots at Franken, I'll look forward to the White House's explanation.

"There's been comments about me taking a stand", Moore said.

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