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Social Media Furious That Matt Gaetz is Still a Congressman While Al Franken Was Forced to Resign for Much Less
If it wasn’t clear already, Matt Gaetz’s continued presence as a serving Congressman, one on the judiciary committee, is inarguable proof that the GQP is dying by the hour as a legitimate “political party.” There are not only credible “accusations” that Matt Gaetz committed one of the most horrendous crimes on the books, there is a confession written by his co-conspirator. And yet we haven’t heard anything from Kevin McCarthy except to note that if Gaetz is arrested, then McCarthy might be forced to do something. “Forced.”
Al Franken resigned his senate seat over a totally inappropriate photo and some intolerable harassment. We don’t condone it, obviously. But something is very wrong when one party will call on Al Franken to resign, and Franken has the integrity to do it, while the other can be accused of paying an underage girl and… and not only have Matt Gaetz refuse to budge, but the GQP won’t even remove him from committees.
McCarthy is paralyzed because McCarthy knows that Matt Gaetz is a made man in MAGA world and no one messes with a Matt Gaetz… unless Matt gets arrested. Trump rules the GQP so ferociously that Gaetz is actually about to go on “tour” with Marjorie Taylor-Greene to call out “RINOs.” Say it again, Gaetz is about to go on tour as a proud member of the MAGA GQP, and no one in the Republican party is doing anything about it.
Franken is in Minnesota.
Twitter has noticed the different “dynamic” between the two parties and wasn’t in the mood on Friday night to deal with anything else.
Al Franken took a funny picture and lost his entire career over it by choice. He stepped down. Republicans will never do the same. https://t.co/RaocYKyWPY
— DanteTheComic (@Dantethecomic) April 30, 2021
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No. It wasn’t a “funny” picture. It was a terrible decision. Was it terrible enough to shatter the political career of a decent guy? One can argue both sides. There is only one side to the Matt Gaetz issue and McCarthy is on the predator’s side.
I'll never, ever defend what he did, but Al Franken must be sitting somewhere comparing what Trump, Gaetz, Jordan, and yes, even Cuomo, were accused of and wonder how the hell he's the one who lost his job!
— Brian O'Sullivan (@osullivanauthor) April 23, 2021
Don't forget Al Franken too.
— Gary 🇺🇸 (@gscucci) April 30, 2021
I don’t know who needs to hear this but.. condemning Matt Gaetz does not require you to defend Al Franken.
— Emily (@emilyjkru) April 30, 2021
Correct. It only requires you to condemn Matt Gaetz while noticing the “difference” between the two political parties. One made up of earnest, if fallible, adults. The other made up of people wanting to please Donald Trump so badly they’ll look the other way when… a child!
I hope Republicans realize that their continued silence on the Matt Gaetz sex trafficking issue means that they approve of it, and they forfeit any rights to get outraged by anything.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) April 30, 2021
BC Al Franken holds HIMSELF to a much, much, MUCH
higher standard than Matt Gaetz can even imagine.
— CNCNC The USA's our business. QUIT HIRING CRAZIES! (@OneTrueBLUEbird) April 30, 2021
Yet, Al Franken resigned, before an investigation was conducted. 🤬
— JoAnn 😷 (@OkJoAnn) April 30, 2021
Al Franken pretends to touch a women inappropriately, he resigns. Matt Gaetz does what Matt Gaetz does, and he is defended and doesn’t even consider resigning. Can you see clearly now the difference in the morals of the two parties?
— BenWeber (@BenWebe89726133) April 30, 2021
ah……….yup! (But Al Franken patting a woman's butt a couple of decades ago, is far worse and deserved his resignation.) JFC.
— Anne van Leur (@AnnevanLeur) April 30, 2021
Hillary called trump supporters “Deplorables”, & got crucified for it.
Al Franken got the 🥾 for a photo that was a joke.
Yet the R’s can commit sedition and so much more with impunity.
— @Eileenvan55 😷 Take The Damn Shot 😷 (@eileenvan55) April 24, 2021
Al Franken (remember him?) wrote a book about the Republicans way back when titled 'Lies and the lying liars that tell them'. How apt. https://t.co/Pw2DzdBFGn
— Rally 'round the family. (@SeeCritAyGunt) April 27, 2021
Al Franken has more dignity and honor in his left pinky toe than most of the GOP combined.
— Pin Young 🌊🏳️🌈📽🎙🎻 (@PinYoungActress) May 1, 2021
Now, again, there is no reason to give Franken a pass. He made his own decisions. Matt Gaetz, however, used a young girl that the law prohibits from making her own decisions (with a man Matt’s age) and we write such laws precisely because there are Matt Gaetz’s in the world who will abuse girls emotionally and physically.
One doesn’t need to have a young teen daughter to be infuriated right now but it sure seems to make it cut even deeper.
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