Last night @PeteButtigieg said he would not have pressured Al Franken to resign at that time without knowing more.
— Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) June 4, 2019
Here is what Buttigieg said that started this conversation courtesy of Politico:
Pete Buttigieg said on Monday he wouldn’t have “applied that pressure” to Al Franken to resign from the Senate after allegations of sexual misconduct in December 2017, separating himself from several other Democratic presidential candidates who did call for his resignation.
“I think it was his decision to make” to resign, Buttigieg said. “But I think the way that we basically held him to a higher standard than the GOP does their people has been used against us.”
But when pressed about Franken, Buttigieg said that if he had been in the Senate then, he “would not have applied that pressure at that time, before we knew more.” Buttigieg added that “it’s not a bad thing that we hold ourselves to a higher standard.”
Here is more of Gillibrand’s response courtesy of HuffPo:
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) stood by her past calls for then-Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) to resign amid sexual misconduct allegations after fellow 2020 presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg said Monday that he wouldn’t have applied the same pressure.
“Eight credible allegations of sexual harassment, two since he was elected Senator, and one from a congressional staffer,” Gillibrand said in a statement shared on Twitter by a campaign staffer. “That is not too high a standard, regardless of how the Republican party handles this behavior, and worse.”
Here is a link to a Time Magazine article that lists all of the women who made allegations of improper physical contact against Al Franken. (Link)
Of the eight “credible” sources four are anonymous, one is a Fox News contributor, and the incidents described by the last three could be explained away as Frenken not being completely aware of his hand placement during photos taken with women.
Look I trust women as well.
But that does not mean that I stop trusting men, and I think that Al Franken deserved the benefit of the doubt and should have been afforded an investigation before people pressured him to leave office.
Kirsten Gillibrand will never get my support in this primary and I seriously doubt she has a real shot at the nomination.