Donald Trump has certainly demonstrated that he cherry-picks the issues he tweets about. And this was no exception. On Thursday, Democratic Senator Al Franken was accused of sexual assault by TV broadcaster and radio personality Leeann Tweeden. On Thursday evening, Trump tweeted out his disgust of "Al Frankenstien" [sic]. The rest of Twitter showed up immediately to call Trump out for his transparent hypocrisy. After all, Trump hasn't said a word about alleged pedophile Roy Moore, and he certainly hasn't chastised himself for the multiple women who have accused him of harassment, assault, and rape. Hmm. Wonder why.
Donald Trump has a weird obsession with giving nicknames to people he hates, and he certainly did not disappoint when he tweeted about Al Franken on Thursday evening.The photo he's referring to is appalling — it shows Al Franken going in to touch the breasts of a sleeping Leeann Tweeden. There is no doubt that what Al Franken did was highly inappropriate. Trump wants to know where Franken's hands went in "pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6."
Franken's awful behavior warranted two tweets from the president.According to the Washington Post, The "Lesley Stahl tape" refers to a New York magazine story about a Saturday Night Live discussion among the writers in which Franken pitched a joke about raping 60 Minutes correspondent Leslie Stahl. Not a good look for Franken, to be sure.
Oh man, though, isn't it ballsy of Trump to bring up a tape on which a sexual predator says gross things about women?Indeed, it is. If you'll remember, Trump is very famously on tape talking about how he likes to grab women "by the p***y" without their consent. According to Trump, though, his admission of sexually assaulting women was just "locker-room talk" while Al Franken's rape joke is inexcusable.
Let's also remember that Trump has been totally mum on the subject of Roy Moore's multiple allegations of child molestation.
How can he talk about this 12 hours after it happens but not say a single word on Roy Moore of his own party? let a… https://t.co/LxuIUSz69Q— Dov Kleiman (@Dov Kleiman)1510919077.0
Apparently, there is another reason Trump is reticent to bring up the allegations against Roy Moore:
CNN: Sources close to White House say Trump is "reluctant to come out forcefully against Roy Moore because of sexu… https://t.co/hbA9oXXmJO— Greg Sargent (@Greg Sargent)1510918483.0
Editor and founder of ThinkProgress Judd Legum shared 14 reasons why we cannot simply ignore Trump's tweets about Al Franken:
Ninni Laaksonen Jessica Drake Karena Virginia Cathy Heller Summer Zervos Kristin Anderson Jessica Leeds Rachel Croo… https://t.co/hT9gdwhqg6— Judd Legum (@Judd Legum)1510893890.0
Sexual assault cannot be transformed into a partisan issue. Every accusation of sexual assault needs to be taken as seriously as Trump took the accusation against Al Franken.
We need ethics investigations into alleged sexual misconduct of all elected officials. 20+ women have come forward… https://t.co/tRz2OB5O9s— Lauren Duca (@Lauren Duca)1510888829.0
In conclusion, there are so many things wrong with Trump's choice to tweet about Al Franken but not address Roy Moore.
Dude can't spell Frankenstein. https://t.co/7Nn7x78kC6— Ron Marz (@Ron Marz)1510895577.0