Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) spoke out against Democrats on Friday for the double standard they have employed for assessing sexual misconduct allegations waged against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore (R) and those charged against Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.).
What did Cruz say?
According to Texas Tribune reporter Patrick Svitek, Cruz said in a radio interview on Friday:
“It is more than a little rich” that Democrats who’ve been speaking out against Roy Moore are “suddenly in witness protection when it concerns one of their own.”
“These allegations against Al Franken are serious,” Cruz added. “The picture is highly damning.”
When asked about the allegations against Moore, Cruz reiterated what he previously said about them: that if they are false like Moore claims, then Moore needs to provide indisputable evidence to prove that. Otherwise, Cruz said that Moore can’t simply blame the media. If Moore can’t do that, then he should step aside, Cruz has said.
What has been the reaction from Democrats regarding Franken?
When journalist Leeann Tweeden accused Franken earlier this week of forcibly kissing and groping her without her consent more than a decade ago, the response from Democrats was nothing compared to their response to the allegations against Moore.
For example, Democrats praised Franken for apologizing for his behavior, despite the fact that he basically denied the allegations by claiming he “certainly” didn’t remember what he was accused of.
Democratic leader Hillary Clinton praised Moore on Friday. “Look at the contrast between Al Franken, accepting responsibility, apologizing and Roy Moore and Donald Trump, who have done neither,” she said.
Meanwhile, Democrat after Democrat has called on Moore to step down from his campaign after several woman have come forward this month to accuse Moore of sexual misconduct. Some of the allegations say that Moore acted inappropriately with girls as young as 14.