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Kaine Silent on Franken Accusations, But Demanded Republicans Take a Stand on Trump in 2016

Three weeks, multiple allegations of sexual assault, and 18 fellow Senate Democrats isn't enough for Kaine to call for Franken's resignation.

By NTK Staff | 12.06.2017 @1:53pm

During an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” in October 2016, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), who at the time was the Democratic nominee for Vice President, demanded that Republicans take a stand on whether they still supported then-candidate Donald Trump after the controversial Access Hollywood tape was released.

However, Kaine has remained silent on whether Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) should resign from the United States Senate, despite 13 Democratic Senators calling for Franken to resign on Wednesday.

“I think the issue, Jake, that it raises is not just a question for Donald Trump to address as he talks to the voters during the debate, but it’s also something that candidates who stood with Donald Trump have to address,” Kaine told CNN’s Jake Tapper on October 9, 2016.

“If you are a GOP officeholder or candidate and you stood with Donald Trump, people ought to be asking you now, ‘Do you still think he’s qualified to be president and do you still support him?'” Kaine said. “A number of people are withdrawing their support, but anybody who hasn’t declared where they are on that question needs to be asked that question.”

Kaine’s comments came less than 48 hours after the Washington Post first reported on Access Hollywood tape.

It has been almost three weeks since the first woman came forward to accuse Franken of sexual assault. Since that time, six other women have come forward and accused Franken of groping or trying to kiss them forcibly.

Eighteen Senate Democrats on Wednesday called on Franken to immediately resign from the United States Senate.

Kaine was not one of those Democratic Senators, telling Business Insider’s Joe Perticone he wanted to talk to Franken before deciding whether Franken should resign.

It appears that three weeks, multiple allegations of sexual assault, and 18 fellow Senate Democrats calling for Franken’s resignation isn’t enough for Kaine to make a decision. Yet, he was willing to demand Republicans take a stand less than 48 hours after the Washington Post released the Access Hollywood tape.

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