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Sat Jan 12, 2019, 10:48 AM

Thank you, Senator Franken

Had you not so skillfully boxed in Jeff Sessions with his own lies, he would not have had to recuse himself from the Russia investigation. And we all know that, unlike Comey, Sessions would have quashed the investigation immediately upon Trump's request and he surely would never have approved the counter-intelligence investigation into his boss.

So, thank you, Senator Franken. We owe you a great debt. And you deserved far better than you received from us. I sincerely hope - and expect - that history will be much kinder to you than we have been.

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EffieBlack Jan 12 OP
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Honeycombe8 Jan 12 #33
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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 10:49 AM

1. K&R...

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Sat Jan 12, 2019, 10:50 AM

2. kick

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 10:50 AM

3. K&R.

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 10:53 AM

4. K&r

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 10:58 AM

5. K&R with admiration for Senator Franken

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 11:00 AM

6. The best.

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 11:00 AM

7. I want him back! Loved his smart brain and quick wit.

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 11:04 AM

8. Kick!!! nt

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 11:22 AM

9. Kick

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 11:33 AM

10. Yes, thank you!

Franken is greatly missed!

And Kirsten Gillibrand is still dead to me.

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Response to ananda (Reply #10)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 03:58 PM

64. Agree

And I let my Senator know I was unhappy with him,too

Only time we disagreed.

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Response to ananda (Reply #10)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 05:34 PM

73. Kirsten Gillibrand

Thought burnishing her "Me Too" creds at Franken's expense (and ours) would help her win the 2020 nomination for president. It was a back stabbing and political miscalculation from which she'll never recover on the national stage. And although I like Bernie, he jumped on that bandwagon too, and as such disqualified himself for further consideration for higher office in the eyes of many Democrats.

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Response to The Wizard (Reply #73)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 10:52 PM

82. I hold a grudge and due to what she did about Al

I will never, ever vote for her.

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 11:41 AM

11. " I sincerely hope - and expect - that history will be much kinder to you than we have been."

It will!!

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 11:47 AM

12. I love this man

He is a true patriot

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 11:48 AM

13. He speaks truth to power.

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 11:50 AM

14. Amen to that! Nt

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 11:53 AM

15. Franken was railroaded. We need his strong voice now more than ever.

I'll never forget. I'll never forgive.

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #15)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 12:00 PM

17. They played right into GOP hands

Last edited Sat Jan 12, 2019, 12:55 PM - Edit history (1)

And then tried to do the same thing to Pelosi, but fortunately, they weren't able to take her down.

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Response to EffieBlack (Reply #17)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 12:53 PM

33. +1. nt

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #15)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 04:46 PM

67. Who are you blaming for Franken's sexual misconduct?

I hold Franken, who should have known better, responsible for his behavior.

He still is a progressive voice, and the senate is worse off without him. But Franken is his own man.

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 11:59 AM

16. Love, appreciate and miss Senator Franken

This book is really good too

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 12:09 PM

18. Truly a great man and Senator.

Who was railroaded and kicked to curb, by members of his party. We will not forget who did it, that I can promise.

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Response to Butterflylady (Reply #18)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 12:54 PM

34. +1. nt

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 12:13 PM

19. Thank you

You are truly missed.

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 12:15 PM

20. K & R

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 12:18 PM

21. K&R

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 12:19 PM

22. K&R

I miss him. What a mensch!

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 12:20 PM

23. In these times, we need him back. n/t

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 12:22 PM

24. K&R.

I try not to think about all the good Al Franken could be doing us here and now, if he hadn't been run out of the Senate. His punishment far outweighed the sins he committed, and the Democratic Party is without some much-needed political power and skill as a result. And Steve King still retains his office to this very day.

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Response to Paladin (Reply #24)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 01:32 PM

40. but he should not have resigned

and should have requested ethics investigation instead.

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Response to AlexSFCA (Reply #40)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 01:50 PM

42. I refuse to shift blame to Franken, as to his leaving office.

Some form of Senatorial censure would have been a much fairer way to resolve the matter.

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Response to AlexSFCA (Reply #40)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 03:01 PM

60. He did request an ethics investigation

Those senators wouldn’t wait. They ran him out.

I remember those politically ambitious senators.

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 12:23 PM

25. K & R

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 12:25 PM

26. It's important to remember. Thanks! Sen Franken was and is a quality person and


as you note, the lynchpin to history.

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 12:26 PM

27. K&R

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 12:31 PM

28. Agreed!

And I'm surprised no one in this thread has been attacked yet.

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 12:43 PM

29. I took the liberty of passing this on to him

I hope that is OK with you!

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Response to DFW (Reply #29)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 12:46 PM

30. Awesome - thanks!

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 12:50 PM

31. K&R

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 12:52 PM

32. I agree. His absence has been a real loss to the Senate. nt

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #32)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 01:04 PM

35. Funny how some people insisted he must be removed so that Dems could

have the moral high ground on sexual harassment.

And then, when Kavanaugh, Dems gave everything they had and he was STILL confirmed - even without the "distraction" of Franken.

Dems got played. And Franken got railroaded for no good reason.

Let's hope we finally learned the lesson that we didn't learn from Gore running away from Bill Clinton, Dems trashing Hillary Clinton, Senate Dems throwing Franken under the bus, etc.

Perhaps the fact that a critical mass of Dems didn't fall into that trap when folks tried to run Pelosi out of town - and now are breathing a sigh of relief that they she stared them down, stepped over them and kept on moving - is an instructive lesson that will guide future behavior.

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Response to EffieBlack (Reply #35)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 02:04 PM

44. The Democratic leadership was stupid to believe that if we sacrificed one of our own,

then the Republicans would somehow be obligated to do the same.

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Response to LongtimeAZDem (Reply #44)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 04:46 PM

68. I see - standing up for principle isn't a good reason in itself?

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #68)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 04:56 PM

71. If they were standing up for principle, they would have insisted on an investigation,

instead, they threw him under the bus, based on unsupported allegations.

That's not principle, it's political expedience at best, and cowardice at worst.

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Response to EffieBlack (Reply #35)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 08:11 PM

79. I think so, too. And for your last statement, I hope so, too.

The Republicans are good at this: setting up key Democratic opponents in the hopes of getting them railroaded by fellow Democrats.

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 01:07 PM

36. i want to see him back in Congress.

straight up. I hope he runs

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Response to barbtries (Reply #36)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 01:51 PM

43. Me too! We need him. Great Senator.

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 01:11 PM

37. Don't bother Kirsten

Just stay where your are....you'll never be President.

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Response to habu1968 (Reply #37)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 01:16 PM

38. THIS. We tend not to forget these things, dearie.

You’ll never be President, Senator Gillibrand.

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Response to calimary (Reply #38)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 01:35 PM

41. she wasn't thinking about the country at all

she was thinking about herself, maybe the party but definately not the country or her constituents when she asked Franken to resign.

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Response to AlexSFCA (Reply #41)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 02:09 PM

47. What about the other over 30 Senators?

Were Warren, Sanders, Harris and Booker all thinking of themselves?

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Response to Trumpocalypse (Reply #47)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 02:35 PM

55. They weren't "leading the charge."

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Response to AlexSFCA (Reply #41)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 04:53 PM

69. So short sighted and foolish

They really should have done an investigation. And what if by some chance, the Dem who took his place (and who was up for election in the last mid-term election) lost her senate seat to a Republican?

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 01:19 PM

39. It does bother me that

so many of our Democratic front runners were so quick to jump on the "hang Al" bandwagon. It does not bode well for their political acumen that they were so easily duped by people as simple as the breitbart gang.

If any make it to the later primaries, I will want apologies for their actions, acknowledgment of their error, and promises that they will not be that stupid again.

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 02:07 PM

45. Amen. And I hope he runs again. Soon.

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 02:08 PM

46. I will never forgive Gillibrand for this.

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Response to 47of74 (Reply #46)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 02:10 PM

48. And the over 30 other Senators?

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Response to Trumpocalypse (Reply #48)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 03:19 PM

62. i don't forgive them either. n/t

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 02:12 PM

49. the "high tech lynching" of Franken

has deprived America of one of the best Progressive minds DC has seen in recent years. Jumping on Republic smears for political ambitions is almost as damaging as two years of Putin rule. Al could have single handedly trimmed a decade off our upcoming struggle to save democracy.

-90% Jimmy

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 02:16 PM

50. Amen, sister!

Thank you, Senator Franken.

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 02:16 PM

51. K & R

So true! Thank you Senator Franken! We miss you.

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 02:22 PM

52. One of the most honest, faithful husbands maybe of all time.

NEVER ONCE did anything inappropriate with anyone.

Our system is SO FUCKED up I cant take it anymore.

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 02:25 PM

53. It has been over a year

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Response to Trumpocalypse (Reply #53)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 02:30 PM

54. Perfect

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 02:36 PM

56. K&R! Words can't express how much I love and admire Sen. Franken.

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 02:37 PM

57. Most definitely. I miss him every day.

Thank you!

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 02:42 PM

58. And it was that Democratic congresswoman from NY who started the ball rolling to have him resign

Isn't she thinking of running for President. . . . fat chance she'll get my vote.

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Response to pdsimdars (Reply #58)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 02:59 PM

59. +1

Not sure of whether or when Harris and Warren joined her.

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 03:13 PM

61. Heart still broken. 💔

ETA: And I won’t forget, Kirsten Gillibrand.

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 03:45 PM

63. Well said

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 04:20 PM

65. Beautifully stated, EB. I was thinking same all last night:W/out Franken no Mueller Investigation

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 04:36 PM

66. Russia wanted Al silenced


and out of the way.

Stone and pals behind it.

I am patiently waiting for the indictments.

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 04:55 PM

70. Well said

And too true!

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 05:26 PM

72. YES! We lost the "Lion of the Senate"

when KG decided to ignore process to lead the susceptible lynch mob (noticeably absent Klobuchar) eager to align with the popular MeToo cascade on scant "real" info.

Perhaps the ultimate outcome may have been the same. We will never, never know.

I am also a fan of due process for Repugs, by the way via committees, commissions, and courts.

She preempted that as a short cut to her Pres. campaign IMO.

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Response to elfin (Reply #72)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 11:50 PM

84. Gillibrand had one very legitimate worry

This was a problem she could ill afford to confront if a thorough public hearing were held: that Al Franken was innocent of all allegations of sexual harassment, and that the leader of the movement to get him to resign would lose a lot of credibility if this were to become obvious in a public hearing. I think by now Gillibrand realizes her error but maybe fears for her status as a leader of an otherwise legitimate movement. For example, does anyone think there is a chance in hell that Roy Moore or Brett Kavanaugh was innocent of the charges leveled against them?

I am most disappointed by the fact that, now that not one credible “victim” of Al’s so-called inappropriate behavior has come forward with a real name or believable testimony, that Al has not received ONE public apology from any of those who publicly urged him to resign. To me, this indicates they are not courageous enough to admit they fell for a contrived Republican scam. I will, of course support our nominee for president next year, but requests for contributions during the primary will be met with my request for an apology to Al first. Otherwise, the American Cancer Society or Sloan Kettering gets my preference.

The presidency demands (not always fulfilled, granted) a certain degree of leadership tempered by humility. After dumping on Al Franken under false pretenses, and then being unwilling or unable to admit it, this negates, for me, a candidate’s legitimacy to solicit my support for their primary run. If I thought any of them would bother to listen, I’d tell them not to waste the postage or the paper.

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 05:59 PM

74. The Best.

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 07:29 PM

75. K and R

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 07:31 PM

76. K&R!

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 07:56 PM

77. K&R. Hope he runs for president.

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 08:10 PM

78. Yes. Thank you!!nt

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 08:33 PM

80. Gratitude to Al

Miss him ):

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 08:48 PM

81. I hope he reads this. We love you Al. Run again. nt

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 11:26 PM

83. The Hill: Ex-campaign surrogate says 'Me Too' has been weaponized against Sanders

https://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/424888-ex-surrogate-says-me-too-movement-has-been-weaponized-against-sanders

Nomiki Konst, a former surrogate for Sen. Bernie Sanders's (I-Vt.) presidential campaign, on Friday said that the "Me Too" movement has been weaponized against the senator in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against staffers from his 2016 presidential campaign.

"This is an issue on all campaigns. This is not a Bernie Sanders issue," Konst told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on "Rising."

"I think, unfortunately, the 'Me Too' movement has been used as a political weapon in this case," she continued. "It has to be dealt with no matter what, but it is not something that feeds into this old Bernie bro narrative."

"The deputy campaign manager for Bernie Sanders was a woman. The chief of staff for Bernie Sanders had been a woman for years. I mean, there is always a need for women in leadership to address these issues, but I've seen this played out in the media. We have to remember that there are women that have been part of this movement, and they shouldn't be erased," she said citing female Sanders supporters such as herself, former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner (D) and actress Rosario Dawson.

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Response to EffieBlack (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2019, 04:46 AM

85. K&R, with the hope he'll run again for some other office.

Franken is a genuinely good man.

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