Franken Accuser: I’m ‘Appalled’ Franken Won’t Own Up to What He Did

On Thursday’s “MSNBC Live,” Stephanie Kemplin, one of Senator Al Franken’s (D-MN) accusers, criticized Franken for failing to take responsibility for his actions, including “trying to pass the buck onto other individuals, who possibly — they did commit the same things, maybe even more heinous than what he’s done.”

Anchor Chris Jansing asked, “As you watch what happened today, is this justice?”

Kemplin answered, “No, I think, you know, what is justice in this situation? It’s just sad overall. His resignation is just one of the consequences for what he’s put us through.”

Jansing then asked, “And so is there anything that for you would be justice?”

Kemplin responded, “I have to say that I’m so sad and appalled at his lack of response and him owning up to what he did. I feel that he just keeps passing the buck and making it out to be something that we took his behavior the wrong way, or we misconstrued something, or that we’re just — we’ve just flat-out lied about what happened to us. And I — justice to me would be him owning up to what he did, and to stop trying to pass the buck onto other individuals, who possibly — they did commit the same things, maybe even more heinous than what he’s done.”

Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo movement, agreed with Kemplin, saying, “I wish that he would be more direct and have an apology. I think this really about accountability. And as Stephanie just expressed, it’s not justice unless there’s actual accountability. Him stepping down, you know, means something. It does make a statement about what’s tolerable in his position, in his role as a leader. But in a more personal way, this is about what he did to people, an interpersonal exchange with what he did to people, and an apology and having some accountability for that behavior would be better.”

(h/t Daily Caller)

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