In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) defended Sen. Al Franken after he has been accused of forcibly kissing a woman and posing for an inappropriate picture while the woman slept. Instead of defending the female broadcaster, Sanders went on to say how “popular” Franken is as a senator and how that should justify him staying in his position, reports The Washington Examiner.

“I think that’s a decision for Al Franken and the people of the state of Minnesota,” Sanders said. “My understanding is that Al is a very popular senator. People in Minnesota think that he is doing a good job and his political future will rest with the people of Minnesota.”

Sounds like Sanders will do anything to keep Democrats in the Senate. Even if that means allowing men who have been proven to be inappropriate with women that he works with.

A photo of Franken surfaced last Friday by Leanne Tweeden after she found the photo of a USO tour she did with Franken in 2006.  Not only did Franken kiss Tweeden when she did not want to, but then later when Tweeden was sleeping Franken took a photo of himself touching her chest.

Sanders dodged a similar question about another Democrat in office who has been accused of worse allegations than what Franken is up against.

Sanders was asked if he felt, like Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) does, about if then-President Bill Clinton should have resigned from being President during the Monica Lewinsky scandal in the 1990’s.

“I don’t think that at this point our goal is to look back 20 years or 30 years,” Sanders said. “Our goal is to go forward and our goal is to understand that we have a real crisis in this country today within the political world, within the corporate world, within the media world, where women are being harassed every single day.”

Sounds like a classic Democrat answer. Just ignore everything we’ve done in the past and let’s focus on what is happening now, is something Democrats have said over and over when asked about sexual harassment allegations against Bill Clinton.

Sanders instead talked about how more needs to be done by lawmakers to bring the country’s sexual harassment and sexual assault laws in line with the place where the culture has moved.

“The world has changed and we have not caught up with that and obviously what has got to happen is women have been to be treated as equal citizens, have to be comfortable at work and have to be first-class citizens in this country, which is now not the case,” he said.

Now, a lot of people are calling for Bernie Sanders to resign:

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BY Isabelle Weeks

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I am a staff writer for DC Statesman and like to report on current events happening in the Trump administration as well as the political world.