Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) recently announced that he will not resign from the U.S. Senate after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct because he is "sorry" and wants to work to regain the voters "trust" – words that mean very little considering that Franken previously admitted to faking apologies to save his political career.
Franken landed in hot water in the past over comments he made, which include a 1995 New York Magazine piece that examined a "Saturday Night Live" skit that involved him drugging CBS reporter Lesley Stahl with pills and then taking her to the closet and raping her.
In a 2000 Playboy column, Franken wrote about his desire for a machine to perform oral sex on him — a piece that was used against him during his 2008 Senate run.
In his new book "Al Franken, Giant of the Senate," released in May 2017, Franken explains that he has managed to keep his head above water with these past controversies by giving fake apologies.
Fox News reports:
Franken eventually apologized for his crude remarks, but he later wrote in his book, "Al Franken: Giant of the Senate," that he faked the apology to get the necessary support for his election win, according to the New York Times.
"To say I was sorry for writing a joke was to sell out my career, to sell out who I’d been my entire life," he wrote in the book. "And I wasn’t sorry that I had written Porn-o-Rama or pitched that stupid Lesley Stahl joke at 2 in the morning. I was just doing my job."
He added: "I learned that campaigns have their own rules, their own laws of physics, and that if I wasn’t willing to accept that, I would never get to be a senator."
This revelation should be disconcerting to those who are considering giving him another chance in the Senate while the majority believe he should resign.
Franken held a press conference on Monday to "apologize" to the women who accused him of groping them, but as CNN noted, "he didn't actually say much of anything."