Meet Al Franken’s Republican Defenders

Republicans are coming to the defense of Al Franken. Yes, you heard that right.

The embattled Democratic senator from Minnesota, who is expected to address multiple allegations of sexual misconduct made against him in a speech on the Senate floor Thursday morning, received some unexpected cover from several prominent conservatives.

“What you saw today was a lynch mob,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said in a Fox News interview on Wednesday after scores of Democratic senators called on Franken to step down. “Let’s not have due process. Let’s not ask anybody any questions. Let’s not have any chance to have a hearing. Let’s just lynch him, because when we get done lynching him, we’ll be so pure.”

Eight women have come forward with allegations that Franken sexually harassed them over the years. The tipping point for Democrats appeared to come Wednesday after a woman said that Franken tried to forcibly kiss her after a taping of a radio show in 2006. The senator denied the latest allegation.

Gingrich, a supporter of President Donald Trump, defended the former “Saturday Night Live” cast member by stating that “comedians often do weird things … he was doing the kind of things people in the entertainment business do.”

Gingrich also argued on Thursday that Senate Democrats were trampling on the will of the voters of Minnesota.

Reached by email on Thursday, Gingrich called the Democratic backlash against Franken a “fad” and likened it to the debate taking place over free speech on college campuses.

“There used to be movies about lynch mobs and the emotional energy that builds and the lone marshall or sheriff who insists on due process,” Gingrich wrote. “But of course the totalitarian left believes in imposing its latest passion whether on wedding cakes,…

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