Al Franken, Roy Moore and the audacity of Mitch McConnell

On Wednesday afternoon, nearly two dozen Democratic senators called on Sen. Al Franken to resign.

On Monday, President Trump endorsed Republican Senate Candidate Roy Moore, who is running to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Alabama.

When The Washington Post published its bombshell report last month containing the stories of the first four women to accuse Moore, many top Republicans disavowed the Alabama Republican.

But Moore did not resign from the race, and despite mounting allegations – all of which Moore has denied – McConnell abruptly reversed course this week, saying it was up to the people of Alabama to decide whether or not Moore should represent them in Washington.

Of course, Moore is hardly the only high-profile Republican facing sexual misconduct allegations.

In a statement to ThinkProgress, McConnell addressed the subject carefully, saying that the “Near daily barrage of allegations of sexual misconduct against Senator Franken” were “Extremely concerning to all of us in the Senate.”

But rather than calling for Franken to resign over the allegations, as Democrats have, McConnell punted, stating instead that it appeared Franken had lost the support of his colleagues and constituents.

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