- The Washington Times
Friday, November 23, 2018

Former Sen. Al Franken, who resigned in January amid allegations of inappropriately touching multiple women, issued a Thanksgiving statement saying he’s used the past year for reflection and thinking about “the experience of women in this country.”

The Minnesota Democrat and former “Saturday Night Live” cast member wrote a Facebook post Thursday lamenting that last year’s Thanksgiving “wasn’t much fun.”

The first allegation of inappropriate sexual conduct came out several days before Thanksgiving of last year on Nov. 16. By the time turkey day rolled around, three more women came forward. Before the end of the year was out, a total of eight women came out against Mr. Franken. He resigned Jan. 2.

The former senator described those weeks as “incredibly difficult.”

“I’ve also spent a lot of time over this past year thinking about the broader conversation we’ve been having about the experience of women in this country,” Mr. Franken wrote. “I know that, for so many people, this issue raises a lot of powerful and painful feelings. This conversation can also be incredibly complicated.

“I don’t think it’s my place to weigh in on all the debates — but I will continue to listen and learn,” he added.

Mr. Franken said he found it “a lot easier to be grateful this Thanksgiving” due to the outpouring of support he’s been shown from Minnesotans since his resignation.

“As we gather around the table this year, we have a lot to celebrate, including a whole bunch of thrilling Democratic victories. But we also have a whole lot to worry about when it comes to our country,” he wrote. “And there’s so much more work left to do. I still miss being in the fight every day, and while I’m certainly not running for anything, I hope that, in the next year, I’ll have the chance to help make a difference again.”

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