Bernie Sanders: Trump Should 'Think About Resigning' Over 2016 'Access Hollywood' Tape

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Franken announced Thursday that he would resign after a cascade of accusations of sexual misconduct against him provoked his Democratic colleagues in the Senate to demand he step aside.

"We have a president of the United States who acknowledged on a tape - widely seen all over this country - that he assaulted women".

Franken was referring to the "Access Hollywood" tape that surfaced during the 2016 presidential election, in which Trump is heard boasting about how he can grab women and take advantage of them because of his wealth and celebrity. In December 2015, Trump's campaign released a remarkable letter from Dr. Harold Bornstein - the son of Trump's longtime physician, Jacob Bornstein - attesting to the candidate's vigor.

"Well let me take it a little step further", Sanders replied.

The two-term lawmaker has repeatedly apologized as several women stepped forward to accuse him of sexually inappropriate behavior, from groping to forcibly trying to kiss them.

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Trump later apologized for the remarks and described them as "locker room" talk.

On Wednesday, Sanders released a statement saying that American culture is at a crossroads and that Franken should resign.

"What I worry about right now, as we speak, is that in restaurants, in offices all over this country where you have bosses who are not famous, there is harassment, women are being intimidated, and we need a cultural revolution in this country", Sanders said.

"We think the allegations are troubling and ultimately this is something the people of Alabama will decide", Sanders said. "It needs to be an ongoing movement of women and men that includes a national discussion about sexism, sexual harassment, objectification, inequality and abuse of power".

Franken was scheduled to make an announcement on the Senate floor Thursday, and was expected to resign. Shortly after, Sanders reiterated his point about Trump on Twitter.

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