A growing number of lawmakers in the Senate are demanding President Donald Trump to resign over multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
Senators Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden, and Kirsten Gillibrand are united in their position that Trump should follow the examples of politicians who stepped down after being accused of sexual assault or sexual harassment.
Over the past week, three lawmakers including Rep. John Conyers, Jr., Sen. Al Franken, and Sen. Trent Franks resigned amid sex scandal. (Video Below)
During an interview with CNN, Sen. Gillibrand said, “President Trump should resign. These allegations are credible. They are numerous. I’ve heard these women’s testimony, and many of them are heartbreaking.” She added that if Trump refuses to resign, the Congress must open an investigation and hold him accountable.
In a tweet, Sen. Wyden said no one is above the law. The Congress should investigate the allegations against Trump.
These women are right. If @realDonaldTrump won't resign, Congress must investigate allegations by many, many women that he sexually assaulted and harassed them. No one is above the law. https://t.co/ySP9DVUgLP
— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) December 11, 2017
Sen. Cory Booker recently stated that Sen. Franken did the honorable thing by resigning from his office. According to him, “My question is, why isn’t Donald Trump doing the same thing — who has more serious allegations against him, with more women who have come forward.”
On the other hand, Sen. Merkley stressed, “I want to be absolutely clear. Donald Trump should resign the presidency.” He emphasized that the accusations against the president are “horrific.” In addition, Sen. Merkley noted that Trump bragged on tape about his sexual misconducts. “This is not about politics. This is not about policy. I disagree with him on many things, but this is not about that,” according to the senator.
Last week, Sen. Sanders said, “We have a president of the United States who acknowledged on a tape widely seen all over the country that he’s assaulted women, so I would hope maybe the president of the United States might pay attention of what’s going on and also think about resigning.”
At least 16 women claimed that the president groped, fondled, forcibly kissed, humiliated, and harassed them. Trump’s accusers demanded accountability and called on the Congress to launch an investigation into the president’s sexual misconduct.
During a press conference on Monday, Rachel Crooks, one of the president’s accusers said, if the Senate is willing to investigate Sen. Franken, it’s only fair that they do the same for Trump.”
Another accuser, Samantha Holvey, a former Miss USA contestant, said, “Other folks have resigned. I think he [Trump] should. I don’t think he ever will.”
Jessica Leeds, who also accused Trump of sexual misconduct, is hoping that the public would hold him accountable for his wrongdoings given the current cultural shift.
“So we’re at the position now where in some areas of our society, people are being held accountable for unwanted behavior. But we are not holding our president accountable for what he is and who he is,” said Leeds.
Ambassador Nikki Haley said Trump accusers “should be heard”
On Sunday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said she was “incredibly proud of the women who have come forward” and tell their stories about inappropriate sexual misconduct.
Haley said, “I’m proud of their strength I’m proud of their courage. And I think that the idea that this is happening, I think it will start to bring a conscience to the situation, not just in politics, but in, you know, we’ve seen in Hollywood and in every industry. And I think the time has come.”
When asked about Trump’s accusers, she said, any women who speak up about sexual misconduct “should be heard.”
“They should be heard and they should be dealt with. And I think we heard from them prior to the election. And I think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up,” according to the U.S. ambassador.