If there’s one bipartisan issue in politics, it’s sexual harassment.
This week, two prominent politicians, Democratic Sen. Al Franken and Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, faced scrutiny over allegations of sexual misconduct that took place long before either eyed the United States Capitol as a possible workplace.
Franken quickly issued a lengthy apology to his accuser, radio host Leeann Tweeden, who claimed Franken forced her to kiss him in 2006 while they were on a USO tour overseas. Tweeden told CNN’s Jake Tapper that she accepted Franken’s apology, which she said was “heartfelt.”
“I respect women. I don’t respect men who don’t,” Franken wrote. “And the fact that my own actions have given people a good reason to doubt that makes me feel ashamed.”
Moore, on the other hand, still denies the allegations coming from multiple women accusing him of varying desires of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, when most were teenagers and he was in his 30s. According to Moore, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, is leading a vast conspiracy against him that includes the Washington Post, the Birmingham News and the Democratic Party.
“This is an effort from Mitch McConnell and his cronies to steal this election from the people of Alabama,” Moore said on Thursday.
So what does President Trump think of all this? It’s unclear, since he’s remained largely silent (other than a couple of tweets about Franken) since the allegations against Moore first surfaced.
The nation’s political cartoons haven’t remained silent. Here’s what seven of the top artists in the country, both conservative and liberal, thought of the allegations.
Our own Signe Wilkinson:
Steve Sack of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune / Cagle Cartoons
Pat Bagley of the Salt Lake Tribune / Cagle Cartoons
Rick McKee of the Augusta Chronicle / Cagle Cartoons
Adam Zyglis of the Buffalo News / Cagle Cartoons
Nate Beeler of the Columbus Dispatch / Cagle Cartoons
Daryl Cagle of Cagle Cartoons