On Wednesday, on the same day as new allegations surfaced against Sen. Al Franken, a group of female Democratic Senators called on Franken to resign.
Kristen Gillibrand — who was called out by Kellyanne Conway earlier today — was the first to speak out.
“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,” she wrote on Facebook. “In the wake of the election of President Trump, in just the last few months, our society is changing, and I encourage women and men to keep speaking up to continue this progress. At this moment, we need to speak hard truths or lose our chance to make lasting change.”
Claire McCaskill and Kamala Harris quickly followed suit.
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
Al Franken should resign.
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) December 6, 2017
Mazie Hirono, Maggie Hassan and Patty Murray also issued statements.
Shortly, after the six female Senators came forward, other male Democratic colleagues began to likewise call on Franken to leave his post.
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
Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown moments ago in phone news conference: "I agree the time has come for Senator Franken to step aside. … We should be held to the highest standards, not the lowest."
— Tom Troy (@TomFTroy) December 6, 2017
The number of Democratic Senators calling for Franken’s resignation continues to grow.
Franken has announced he will respond to the allegations in an announcement on Thursday.
BREAKING: Faced with multiple calls to resign, Democratic Sen. Al Franken's office says he will have an announcement on Thursday.
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 6, 2017