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#MeToo Is Canceled: 7 Dems Say They Regret Calling for Al Franken’s Resignation

Senators now regret calling for Franken’s immediate resignation during the height of the #MeToo movement.

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Over 18 months after former Sen. Al Franken was accused of groping 8 women, a group of 7 top Democrats now say they regret calling for his resignation amid the height of the #MeToo movement.

Franken, a former star of Saturday Night Live and high ranking Democrat senator, resigned from his office after 8 women came forward to accuse him of touching them inappropriately. He did so after more than 30 of his Senate colleagues called for his resignation, and did not wait for any regulatory body to examine the accusations levied against him.

Now, 7 current and former senators are saying they regret calling for his immediate resignation during the height of the #MeToo movement.

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The Daily Mail reported:

Former North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said demanding Franken’s ouster was an action she took ‘in the heat of the moment, without concern for exactly what this was.’ Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth said ‘more facts’ were needed at the time, and ‘due process didn’t happen.’

Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont said pulling the trigger on his own resignation demand was ‘one of the biggest mistakes I’ve made’ in office. Maine independent Sen. Angus King said he was wrong to tell Franken to quit and he had ‘regretted it hever since,’ and called the result ‘the political equivalent of capital punishment.’

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Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico and former Florida Sen. Bill Nelson had similar words of contrition, largely focusing of the quick judgment that denied Franken an investigation that could conceivably have cleared him.

It should also be noted that Franken has repeatedly said he regrets buckling to public pressure to resign, and believes he should have attempted to fight the push for his resignation.

The Daily Mail noted that “Franken himself says he ‘absolutely’ regrets bowing to pressure and abandoning his seat in the upper chamber of Congress,” and especially since he considers President Donald Trump a more egregious offender than him.

In a farewell address to the Senate floor in 2017, Franken said that “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 the Oval Office,” referencing the misquoted tape of President Trump speaking to Billy Bush in a private setting more than a decade ago.

This stunning reversal of top politicians may mark the official end to the #MeToo movement, as many of those maligned by it have now been given sympathy and, in some cases, exonerated of their supposed crimes.

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Matt Gaetz Makes America First Pledge to Refuse All Campaign Contributions from Political Action Committees

Gaetz’s pledge is unprecedented for a conservative Republican.

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Congressman Matt Gaetz made a seemingly unprecedented pledge for a conservative Republican when speaking at CPAC on Thursday, stating that he would henceforth refuse any and all campaign contribution pledges from Political Action Committees for the duration of his political career.

The pledge is fueled by Gaetz’s desire to free the conservative and America First movement from corporate, big business interests that seek to preserve the liberal status quo of free trade, mass immigration, and globalist foreign policy.

Gaetz slammed the corrupt special interests and PAC’s within the “Swamp of Washington, D.C,” lambasting them for the naked corruption he had witnessed members of congress engaging in since arriving in DC since 2017.

We will not be able to defend crony or corrupt capitalism. That’s not the America we’ve been fighting for within the America First movement.

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Gaetz slammed the political establishment for “importing cheap labor to fuel big business here at home,” calling for a conservative movement that aimed for more than “prostituting itself to globalist multinationalist corporations.

He called for a conservative movement that recognizes the danger of oligarchy as a threat to be just as dangerous as that of socialism.

We reject the model of Venezuela, as we reject the model of Davos.

Gaetz’s pledge reflects an increasing tenor within the conservative movement calling for a divorce between the Republican Party and big business interests that have long freely bought interest and policy within it.

Our home is not for sale to any special interest, ever!”

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