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Twitter Does Not Know What to Think About Al Franken’s Resignation Speech

Sen. Al Franken has officially announced his resignation, following an intense day of speculation which started after many of his colleagues called on him to step aside.

This move was expected in political circles, as Franken had been repeatedly accused of sexual misconduct, though he did not admit culpability to any of these allegations during the remarks.

“This decision is not about me,” he said, seeming to suggest that he was falling on his sword for the good of the state. “It’s about the people of Minnesota.”

He also took parting shots at President Donald Trump and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, both of whom are facing their own spate of sexual misconduct allegations.

“I of all people am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who bragged on tape about his history of the sexual assault sits in the Oval Office, and a man who repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party,” he said.

Media figures on Twitter expressed a range of emotions to Franken’s resignation, with many breathing a sigh of relief and others continuing to back the Minnesota Senator.

Franken will resign at the end of the year. Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has yet to announce who will serve in his place until the Nov. 2018 special election.

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