Today, on Meet the Press, the New York Time’s Michelle Goldberg and National Review’s David French responded to this question: After several sex scandals, does either party have a moral high ground?
The host first asked French why President Donald Trump would go after Sen. Al Franken, considering he has his own “groping” baggage. On Twitter, Trump wrote, “The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps?”
French responded, “It’s just partisan politics. He is very good at sending red meat to the partisan base. Multiple polls show that his partisan base doesn’t believe the many women who have accused the President of sexual misconduct. They just flat out don’t believe it. For him — in his mind — there’s no downside. In reality, he has every bit the same problem that many other of these powerful men have with multiple credible allegations. Again, when his base flat doesn’t believe the allegations at all, he sees no downside. He sees no down side at all. That’s him fighting. That’s him standing up for Team Red.”
French pushes back, saying that the Democrats have not impressed him.
“I’m going to dispute that. Look, I’m not going to compare what Al Franken has been accused of to what Roy Moore has been accused of, but let’s keep something in mind here,” he began. “The Democrats could replace Al Franken with another Democrat very easily. There’s no net loss to the party to the causes. What we’re talking about here is who’s going to go first showing real principle rather than having this competition on who’s going to put out the better statement. The statements don’t really matter. It’s the actual action. That’s what matters here. When we have a party that says, “We’re not going to even lose a seat, but we’re going to hold off anyway…. I’m sorry, that doesn’t impress me.”
Watch this exchange below:
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