Gingrich Defends Franken: No Due Process, No Hearings: 'Let's Just Lynch Him'

By Susan Jones | December 7, 2017 | 6:37am EST
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) questions the sudden puritanism among Democrats who have turned on one of their own. (Photo: Screen grab/Fox News)

( - Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is expected to make an announcement in Washington today, after dozens of his fellow Democrats, led by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), on Wednesday urged him to resign as sexual harassment allegations against him pile up.

It's not clear if Franken will resign. And he's getting support from an unlikely corner, as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said a lynch-mob mentality has taken hold in the Democrat Party:



First of all, I'm going to be very politically incorrect,” Gingrich told Fox News’s Laura Ingraham Wednesday night.

Let's go back to who Al Franken was a month ago. He had the number one best-selling book. He was a very funny guy. Democrats loved him. He was doing fine, and then things began to fall apart. Now all of these nice people -- none of whom have given back the money that they raised from Harvey Weinstein; none of whom have repudiated Hillary Clinton or Bill Clinton; none of whom seemed offended in the past -- suddenly in a paroxysm of moral outrage, creating a lynch mob.

And what you saw today was a lynch mob. Let's not have due process, let's not ask anybody in questions, let's not have any chance to have a hearing.  Let's just lynch him --- because when we're done we will be so pure. We will feel so good.

This is a party which is losing his mind. I'm being very politically incorrect, but let me just be clear. I think that the Gillibrands and others are literally losing their minds. I think that Elizabeth Warren is losing her mind. I think they're in this moment of the existential enthusiasm which in the Middle Ages we called flagellante -- people would walk around and they would beat themselves. They would say, oh, I feel so much better now, I'm beating myself, look how bad I am.

These are people who grew up in a party which used to preach free love, which used to think that all of the hippiedom was wonderful. Who used to think they were somehow representing the future, and now they've suddenly curled into this weird puritanism which feels a compulsion to go out and lynch people without a trial.

"I just want everyone watching to understand that Newt Gingrich is here tonight, and he's standing up for Al Franken," Ingraham said.

Gingrich said he has not read all the details provided by Franken's seven accusers, some of which Franken admits and some of which he denies.

"To the best of my knowledge, even the one which broke today, which was the horrifying last straw which led Schumer to decide, as a great New York pol, that he had to suddenly stand on the side of puritanism, which is actually by itself is pretty bizarre. As I understand it, that (alleged offense) occurred two years ago when he was a comedian.

"So let me say again, politically incorrect. Al Franken was a comedian. Comedians often do weird things. He was in the entertainment business. He was doing the kind of things people in the entertainment business do. Now, maybe I'm wrong, but I don't see anything that they've said he has done since he's a senator....But the point is, we're in one of those weird American moments one running around lynching people feels so good.”

Gingrich said Rep. John Conyers "had a lot of good reasons to retire, but on the other hand, no hearings, no witness." Conyers faced multiple accusations of sexual harassment in the workplace, and his office reportedly paid out $27,000 to settle one wrongful termination complaint.

"This is Venezuela, Cuba,” Gingrich said. “This is every third world banana republic."

Ingraham said she thinks Democrats are ousting Franken because they wants to expel Roy Moore when, as expected, he is elected to the Senate, and they can’t expel Moore with Franken sitting there. 

She also opined that Democrats are using the “war on women” to turn out the vote in 2018 and 2020.

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