On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) gave a fierce speak where he shifted the blame of his resignation away from his own actions. Instead, he insisted that he was the victim and that the 8 accusers were falsely accusing him.
Here is a short transcript.
Then the conversation (about sexual misconduct) turned to me. Over the last few weeks a number of women have come forward to talk about how they felt my actions had affected them. I was shocked. I was upset. But in responding to their claims, I also wanted to be respectful of that broader conversation. Because all women deserve to heard and their experiences taken seriously. I think that was the right thing to do. I also think it gave some people the false impression that I was admitting to doing things that I, in fact, haven’t done. Some of the allegations against me are simply not true. Others I remember very differently.