McConnell calls for ethics review following groping allegations against Sen. Al Franken

Sarah Sanders gets 13 questions about Roy Moore… watch when she finally gets one about Al Franken

They also suggested that Trump was wary of wading into issues of sexual impropriety given the previous claims against him.

Creepy behaviour, as Democrat senator Al Franken now knows, can put whole political careers in jeopardy.

Late-night hosts on Thursday addressed the sexual harassment allegations against senatorial candidate Roy Moore and Senator Al Franken, who after being accused of misconduct by Leeann Tweeden later apologised for his behavior in a statement.

"But if they're credible, why wouldn't you believe them?"

It happens quickly too.

Well, the President of the United States can.

While Trump's anti-Franken tweets reflect his life-long penchant to counter-attack enemies, they also opened the door for the president's critics to revive the many sexual misconduct allegations against him.

"The President said in his statement earlier this week that, if the allegations are true, then that Roy Moore should step aside".

Her reason: Trump never admitted wrongdoing and Franken did. What the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape revealed, he said, was just "locker room talk".

Now Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, accused of assaulting teenage girls when he was in his 30s, is waving that same alternative rulebook.

The stories have not magically disappeared though and America is a different place now.

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As a swirl of sexual impropriety allegations roil Washington, President Donald Trump's top aides are trying to inoculate him from comparisons with the stories of more than a dozen women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct.

"I think that what we've said is that Roy Moore's, so far, explanations have not been satisfactory", Short said, before returning to his previous point: "But at the same time, Dana, what we expect is what we have said: We campaigned against him".

"The first and most important thing-and if it's the only thing you care to hear, that's fine-is: I'm sorry", he wrote in the new statement.

Can you imagine the reaction if any other high-profile alleged sex pest had said that?

Trump tweeted. "And to think that just last week he was lecturing anyone who would listen about sexual harassment and respect for women".

"We had a lot of consensus on the changes that need to be made", said Virginia Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock.

He was silent though when a reporter asked him if his power gave him the right to mistreat women.

Now, as one prominent figure after another takes a dive, the question remains: Why not Trump?

The similarities, however, have created an awkward situation for those in the White House who are now left to defend accusations against Trump while supporting an investigation into the reports about Franken. "He will not stop fighting for the people of Alabama".

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Without that can society really - as it seems to be doing - pat itself on the back for moving out of the dark ages over how women are treated by powerful men?

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