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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Not Regretting Al Franken

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Not Regretting Al Franken

Update: 2019-08-2031
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Al Franken resigned from the Senate more than 18 months ago over allegations of sexual harassment. New reporting about those allegations has revived the debate over whether the Democratic Party — particularly senators currently seeking the presidency — moved too fast in calling for him to step down. In an interview, one of those senators, Kirsten Gillibrand, says absolutely not.

Guest: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat and 2020 presidential candidate. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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rafael quirarte

Actually, if you listen to the original referenced piece, done by THE authority on the Me Too movement, by the way, this is addressed at length. This is not about “blaming women for men’s actions”. This is about a US Senator who hung to dry another senator without a proper investigation (which happens to be the Achilles heel of the Me Too movement, by the way). You should listen to the Fresh Air episode where this is addressed.

Aug 27th
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Jacob

rafael quirarte yes i think so

Aug 28th
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Philly Burbs

Gillabrand takes no responsibility for NOT having an investigation. She takes no responsibility for ruining a man's career. There is a BIG difference between grabbing a pussy & that photo where the shadows are off. Franken was punished for Trump's actions & the New Yorker article proves it. We all have brothers & father's. She's comparing Franken to Winestiene, what a load of shit.

Aug 22nd
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Philly Burbs

I will never ever vote for that women. she hung franken without the requested investigation. through out her career she changes with what ever is best for that moment Roger Stone was behind that photo , the showdows are off he would have made the BEST PRESIDENT. Both Trump n Gillabrand saw Franken as a threat

Aug 22nd
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Princess Gilly

The comments for the episode sadly show how far we still have to go when it comes to the me too movement. Somehow, despite Gillibrand's eloquent responses, people still do not see that she was standing up for harassed women, and Franken made the decision to step down without an investigation - AND he made the decision to cross the line. Stop blaming women for men's actions. And now all these comments saying Gilliard is biased and rigid... Michael was the one who kept trying to put blame on Gillibrand and undermine 7 victims based on some inconsistancies in 1 victim's account. Completely missed the point, as did the people commenting here.

Aug 22nd
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Drew Brid

Princess Gilly Yes, I agree!

Aug 22nd
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AH

As Kirsten says, she "used this moment to speak her truth." HER TRUTH. She took an opportunity to promote herself with reckless disregard for the process of law in investigating the situation. The arrogant manner in which she defends the position that she could not possibly be wrong in judging Franken is offputting. She is not qualified to seek a higher political position.

Aug 21st
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TheRealMrPink

gillibrand is full of shit and should never be president her shit rigid attitude. Also with what happened to Franken is further proof how horrible our bias news media has become.

Aug 21st
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Norman Pettit

This is a classic example of there's more than one side to a story. Her entrenched belief bias is glaring. Merits of the Franken matter aside, more disturbing to me is that, at least from this interview, she exhibits unwavering rigidity and inflexibility--behaviors that have been detrimental to healthy political discourse in our nation.

Aug 20th
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lzk222

Gillibrand hella defensive in this interview. Seems to personalize a lot of it. Doesn't sound like someone who wants to think about the bigger picture or reflect on how things could have been done differently. She's not getting my vote. 👎

Aug 20th
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Travis Melton

she is breathtaking in her refusal to see the impact she played in his resignation. she keeps saying it was his choice to step down and not wait for an ethics investigation when she was clamoring for his resignation and rallying support from her caucus to force his resignation - she even has the nerve to say "believing women" means you investigate their claims, while simultaneously refusing to acknowledge that she wished to deny franken that privilege. unreal. impossibly high purity standards are one of the reasons the gop maintains power in the senate

Aug 20th
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Jesus Coria

Travis Melton I'm surprised he didn't push more along this line. In one breath calling out for a proper investigation of claims but then state she was unwilling to wait for an investigation and had to speak up. I'm feeling a lot of cognitive dissonance in her refusal to accept her mistake and her conflicting statements.

Aug 20th
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Mollie Davis

I haven't been this disappointed in a Daily episode before! Why don't you ask Al Franken why he didn't wait for an ethics investigation? It's pretty clear why Gillibrand pushed for his resignation. Holding her to account for others doubts and the actions of the potential offender is an upsetting start to my day.

Aug 20th
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rafael quirarte

David Niles Indeed that is exactly why he resigned. This is very well addressed in the article. I get the impression that most people are commenting here without actually reading the New Yorker article. Shit, at least listen to Fresh Air and the episode where this is addressed to perfection.

Aug 27th
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Elizabeth Burns

Mollie Davis His perspective is told in the New Yorker article.

Aug 22nd
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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Not Regretting Al Franken

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Not Regretting Al Franken