Mark Ruffalo, Patton Oswalt and Kumail Nanjiani are among the Hollywood stars hoping Franken's resignation is the first of many accused of sexual harassment.
Al Franken announced Thursday he would resign from the Senate in the next few weeks, and the Hollywood stars commenting on the decision think it was the right one -- and hopefully just the tip of the iceberg.
"Time to clean house," Marvel star Mark Ruffalo wrote on Twitter, along with a tweet from an organization demanding the resignation of Republican Blake Farenthold, a Texas congressman who allegedly used $84,000 of taypayer money to settle a sexual harassment claim against him.
Six women -- three on the record and three anonymous -- have accused Franken of inappropriately touching them, but the Minnesota senator did not apologize and maintained the allegations against him are either entirely false or exaggerated. During his speech on the Senate floor, Franken added that he finds his resignation ironic since President Donald Trump has numerous sexual assault allegations against him, while Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore faces numerous allegations of dating underage girls when he was in his 30s.
"I of all people am aware that few is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office, and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party," Franken said.
See what else Hollywood and beyond had to say about Franken's decision to resign.
Sorry, Newt. He’s gotta go. We gotta draw the line. Then we can focus on getting rid of Moore & Trump — for the same reasons. You with me? https://t.co/RHAUYaaUjk— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 7, 2017
This is what character & humility look like. https://t.co/o6iD9dohvW— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 7, 2017
Al Franken resigns. Finally, we are free of all sexual predators in the U.S. government.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 7, 2017
Time to clean house. https://t.co/BUPIjzxRBi— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) December 7, 2017
al franken is blaming Trump for his being a pervert!— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) December 7, 2017
I never thought I would see the day that a former nude model with ties to Sean Hannity, working for a crap radio station, could take down Sen. Al Franken with a benign/unvetted story which is directly contradicted by voluminous photo evidence #BizzaroWorldhttps://t.co/TqITbazo8Q— John Ziegler (@Zigmanfreud) December 7, 2017
Wow! Al Franken has shown Roy Moore and Donald Trump that it really is possible to step down from politics because of sexual misconduct while remaining bitter, resentful and never admitting guilt or apologizing!— Nicole Silverberg (@nsilverberg) December 7, 2017
not a single conservative is allowed to talk abt al franken before they start cleaning house themselves starting with roy moore n ending with the motherfuckin president— Hasan Piker (@hasanthehun) December 7, 2017
sidenote: its good that franken resigned.
It’s true: if Al Franken should resign, so should Donald Trump. But the fact that Trump won’t resign doesn’t mean Franken shouldn’t. Democrats holding themselves to higher standards is a step towards everyone being held to higher standards. It doesn’t happen all at once.— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) December 7, 2017
Al Franken has announced his resignation. Good. It was the right decision.— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) December 7, 2017
Now, I need every Democrat in the Senate and House to demand the resignation or impeachment of Donald Trump. Immediately.
THIS:— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) December 7, 2017
Al Franken: "As I'm resigning, a man sits in the Oval Office accused of sexual assault and a man who preys on young women is running for Senate."
Roy Moore and Donald Trump must go.
I once thought Al Franken would make a great president but I appreciate him stepping down and apologizing.— Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) December 7, 2017
NOW GET RID OF TRUMP AND MOORE AND FARENTHOLD
❌Al Franken - resigned— Zack Hunt (@ZaackHunt) December 7, 2017
❌John Conyers - resigned
❌Matt Lauer - fired
❌Harvey Weinstein - fired
❌Kevin Spacey - fired
❌Russell Simmons - resigned
❌Garrison Keillor - fired
❌Charlie Rose - fired
✅Donald Trump - still President
✅Roy Moore - still running
That Al Franken speech was a doozy. He is one angry man. And full of denials!— Stacy Washington (@StacyOnTheRight) December 7, 2017
Just a note on family values:— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) December 7, 2017
Democrats Al Franken and Conyers are resigning.
A Republican pedophile not only remains a candidate, but has support and $$$ from the RNC (ergo Republican voters).
A Republican serial predator who bragged “grab them by the pussy” remains in the WH.
Trump brags about grabbing women by the pussy.— Bryan Behar (@bryanbehar) December 7, 2017
Roy Moore molests 14 year -old girls while a district attorney.
Al Franken resigns.
My 2017 in a nutshell.
To be clear:— steven pasquale (@StevePasquale) December 7, 2017
Al Franken is resigning.
Roy Moore and Donald trump are not resigning.
What...30 plus accusers between the two of them? Reading you loud and clear, GOP.
Further:— steven pasquale (@StevePasquale) December 7, 2017
Frankel has acted inappropriately.
Pedophile Roy Moore assaulted teenage girls.
Donald trump has multiple accusers claiming he raped them, but dropped their law suits fearing for their lives.
For those who have asked. I haven't talked about Al Franken, Because I don't really care about Al Franken.— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) December 7, 2017