TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -US Senator Bernie Sanders says President Donald Trump should consider stepping down over sexual harassment allegations against him.
“Here you have a president who has been accused by many women of assault, who says on a tape that he assaulted women,” Sanders said on Sunday.
Sanders suggested that Trump should follow in Senator Al Franken’s footsteps and resign over the allegations of sexual misconduct that have been leveled against him: “He might want to think about doing the same.”
Sanders called on Trump Thursday to resign over sexual misconduct, specifically the “Access Hollywood” footage that aired during Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
“Let me take it a little step further. We have a president of the United States who acknowledged on a tape widely seen all over the country that he’s assaulted women, so I would hope maybe the president of the United States might pay attention of what’s going on and also think about resigning.”
The remarks follow similar calls from a number of Democratic Senators, including Cory Booker and Jeff Merkley, for Trump to follow Franken's example and step aside. Trump has repeatedly denied all harassment allegations against him.
Franken, Franks resign
On Thursday, two lawmakers in Congress, one an ardent liberal and the other a social conservative, resigned over allegations of ethical and sexual misconduct amid the snowballing harassment allegations convulsing the country.
Representative Trent Franks of Arizona, one of the House’s most ardent social conservatives, and Senator Al Franken of Minnesota, an ardent liberal, said they would resign amid allegations of ethical and sexual misconduct.
Franken, a 66-year-old former comedian who had been seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party, is facing accusations of sexual misconduct from eight women.
“I know in my heart that nothing I’ve done as a senator -- nothing -- has brought dishonor on this institution,” Franken said. “Nevertheless, today I am announcing that in the coming weeks, I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate.”
Franken also sought to contrast himself with two prominent Republicans, Trump and Senate candidate Roy Moore from Alabama.
“I am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man that has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the oval office, and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the senate with the full support of his party.”
Since the New York Times and the New Yorker revealed multiple allegations of sexual harassment, assault and rape against movie producer Harvey Weinstein in October, dozens of women and some men have come forward to accusing leading figures of abuse.
According to a new YouGov poll, 60 percent of women in the US have been sexually harassed by men.
The unfolding debacle has so far engulfed big names such as Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, renowned interviewer Charlie Rose and award-winning actor Kevin Spacey as well as politicians like Democratic Senator Al Franken and Republican Senate hopeful Roy Moore.