New York Post columnist John Podhoretz said Sen. Al Franken “may un-resign” amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
In an appearance on MSNBC’s “MTP Daily,” Podhoretz said the Minnesota Democrat was “bullied” by Democrats into announcing his resignation.
NBC anchor Katy Tur asked, “Will Democrats be okay if Franken stays?”
“Who cares, it’s not their choice, it’s his choice,” Podhoretz replied. “They bullied him into resigning and now he may un-resign having decided that he was bullied.”
Democrats likely saw Franken’s announcement clearing the path to President Trump being forced to do the same thing.
But after a spirited try last week by media allies, that ship has sailed, thus the talk of Franken remaining in the Senate.
Right on cue, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-WV, urged Franken to reconsider his decision.
“I definitely think he should not resign,” Manchin told CNN on Monday. “I think he should submit himself, which he has willingly done and offered to do. And go through this complete process of an extensive ethics review, and whatever the outcome is I will live with it. I can live with that.”
“I think that Franken should go through the process of what he’s asked for — due process,” he said.
Manchin went even further in an interview with Politico, saying: “What they did to Al was atrocious, the Democrats.”
The one awkward stumbling block here is that Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton already named Lt. Gov. Tina Smith as Franken’s replacement.
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