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Trump weighs in on "really bad" Franken accusations — but stays silent on Roy Moore

The president is often loudest when he remains silent, and in the wake of several allegations, he wants to divide


Charlie May
November 17, 2017 2:28PM (UTC)

President Donald Trump is palpably selective in who he attacks, and doesn't attack, in his episodic Twitter rants.

This time, the president's latest victim was Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., who on Thursday was accused of sexually harassing and groping radio host Leeann Tweeden in 2006.

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But Trump is often most deafening when he says nothing at all, which is exactly how he's handled the allegations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, which are arguably, more disturbing.

Moore has been accused by several women in recent weeks of harassing them, assaulting them, or inappropriately preying on them while they were teenage girls and he was in his 30s.

Trump has not said a single word about it publicly, unsurprisingly. No attacks on Twitter, or bombastic interviews for the Republican who is accused of heinous wrongdoing. But he jumped at the first chance he was given to deliver a blow to a Democrat.

"The president believes that these allegations are troubling and should be taken seriously, and he thinks that the people of Alabama should make the decision on who their next senator should be," Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters in a press briefing on Thursday.

However last week, while at a press gaggle aboard Air Force One, Sanders told reporters that Trump hadn't weighed in yet because he was working too hard and was simply too busy.

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"Regardless, the President must and will remain focused on representing our country on his historic trip to Asia where he has been treated with great respect and made unprecedented progress in further strengthening alliances and promoting America's interests above all else," Sanders said.

That excuse quickly went up in flames, when Trump proved once more that he can't contain himself, or his partisan and opportunistic attempts to obtain the moral high ground.

 


Charlie May

Charlie May is a news writer at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @charliejmay

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