Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Warren, Pressley introduce bill to make it a crime for police officers to deny medical care to people in custody Senate Dems press DOJ over coronavirus safety precautions in juvenile detention centers MORE (D-N.Y.) on Monday defended her decision to call on her former Senate colleague Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenPolitical world mourns loss of comedian Jerry Stiller Maher to Tara Reade on timing of sexual assault allegation: ‘Why wait until Biden is our only hope?’ Democrats begin to confront Biden allegations MORE (D-Minn.) to resign over allegations of sexual misconduct.
Speaking at Mic’s inaugural 2020 Town Hall Series in New York, Gillibrand said she does not regret calling for Franken to resign and said women in the Senate are being blamed for him leaving in ways that their male counterparts are not, according to the Associated Press.
“Who is being held accountable for Al Franken’s decision to resign? Women senators, including me. It’s outrageous,” she said.
Her comments followed a New Yorker report that examined the way allegations of sexual misconduct against Franken came to light.
In the story, seven current or former senators who had demanded Franken’s resignation said they had been wrong to do so.
Franken also told The New Yorker he “absolutely” regrets resigning.
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Gillibrand at the Monday event said the story focused on the first allegation made by Leeann Tweeden and not those of seven other women, according to the AP.
The Hill has reached out to Gillibrand’s 2020 campaign for comment.
Gillibrand was among the first to call on Franken to resign. She has continued to defend her decision, often citing conversations she has with her sons on how to act.
“As a mother I had to be clear, it is not okay for anyone to grope a women anywhere on her without consent. It is not okay to forcibly kiss a woman every without her consent. it was not okay for Senator Franken and it was not okay for you, Theo, ever,” Gillibrand said in March, recalling a conversation she had with her son.