Disgraced and resigning Sen. Al Franken gave his final speech on the Senate floor Thursday, using a little bit of it to thank people and a lot of it to attack President Donald Trump.
Here’s some of what he said, according to Yahoo News:
On the GOP tax bill: “During his inaugural address, President Trump vowed that ‘the forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. But the Republican tax bill represents a slap in the face to those forgotten men and women. I guess the president forgot about them.”
On Trump’s claims of voter fraud: “It’s all based on a lie — and not a lie President Trump came up with. Right-wing conservatives have been raising a false alarm about so-called voter fraud for years despite the fact that no credible evidence has ever been [found] demonstrating that it is a real problem.”
On Trump’s LGBT policies: “Lurking behind these policies are lies. Lies that the advocates of LGBT rights want to trample on people’s religious freedom. The lie that families led by a gay or lesbian couple don’t provide a safe environment for children. The lie that allowing transgender people to use the appropriate bathroom opens the door to sexual assault. President Trump didn’t invent these lies. But he and his administration proudly repeat them.”
On climate change: “We now have enough evidence to conclude that climate change is real and it is man-made and it is a threat to our nation’s security and an existential threat to the planet. President Trump didn’t launch the war on science, but now he’s leading the charge.”
In his speech, Franken did not address the sexual misconduct incidents that led him to resign, forfeiting a career trajectory that had him in discussions as a potential 2020 presidential candidate.
Nor did he mention his plans for the future. He will officially step down on Jan. 2, to be replaced by current Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith.