This is the same Trump, who was not only accused of the same type of behavior by multiple women but who was also caught on a recording saying that he loves to just go up and grab women's genitals. But there's nothing amusing about sexual assault. His tweet triggered an immediate reaction on Twitter, including one from Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News host who came forward with sexual harassment allegations against Roger Ailes that eventually forced him to resign as the chieftain of Fox News.
Franken has apologized and said he does not remember that second incident in the same way, but he now faces a Senate ethics investigation that could see him fined, stripped of committee posts or even expelled.
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An analysis of President Donald Trump's tweets.
"The President said in his statement earlier this week that, if the allegations are true, then that Roy Moore should step aside".
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She told supporters that Trump actually "owes us a thank you" for taking the media focus off investigations of possible collaboration between his presidential campaign and Russian Federation a year ago.
Implicit in the Trump approach is his and his aides' confidence that he has absorbed the political damage from his own past, while Democrats, who depend heavily on women voters, may have more to lose now. He apologized for his language on the video but denied the other allegations, accusing the women of lying.
A "Lesley Stahl tape" Trump mentioned in his second tweet refers to a New York Magazine story about a "Saturday Night Live" writers discussion where Franken suggests a joke about raping Leslie Stahl, a "60 Minutes" correspondent. The reference was included in a 1995 NY magazine article. Sanders also refused to say whether Trump was pulling his endorsement of the candidate.
"He's anxious about the conversation moving to his past accusers", the Republican familiar with the matter said, noting that the President believes his accusers were unfair and some of Moore's may be, too.
The response came immediately, and from many directions, on social media.
Marc Short, Trump's director of legislative affairs, was eager to move on from the subject while appearing on CNN on Friday.
"The people of Alabama are smart enough to make a decision for themselves", Short said.