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Whatever you think of Kirsten Gillibrand, she is not responsible for Al Franken's behavior nor his resignation. Chuck Schumer reportedly told him privately to resign before Gillibrand said anything. She was the 1st to publicly call for his resignation - by a matter of minutes. 1/
Kirsten Gillibrand doesn't have the power to force another senator to resign. Al Franken chose to resign; he was not forced out by one senator's statement.

Or maybe you don't like the way the accusations were handled ... but Gillibrand isn't responsible for that, either. 2/
We live in a society that minimizes sexual violence and punishes both victims & those who stand with them. Men’s careers & reputations are assigned more value than women’s lives. Think about the message you're sending by punishing Kirsten Gillibrand for Al Franken's behavior. 3/
The message you're sending, whether intentional or not, is that women who speak out against men who are credibly accused of sexual assault should expect to be vilified, disparaged, and used as an example to warn others to stay silent -- or face the same consequences. 4/
Our culture doesn't like powerful women (2016? anyone?), so when a woman like Kirsten Gillibrand dares to wield any power, her motives are called into question; her courage portrayed as "opportunism"; her strength framed as ruthlessness; her conviction cast as selfishness. 5/
And for many of those replying to this thread: Remember when Republicans attacked Christine Blasey Ford? Why, when it comes to our own, do you suddenly find it acceptable to shame the woman who spoke out about the problem?

You're not an ally if your support is conditional. 6/
Again, regardless of what you think of her candidacy, Gillibrand is a leading voice on sexual assault. Her call for Al Franken to resign was entirely consistent with her principles. You say you want principled leaders, but then you vilify Gillibrand for being too principled. 7/
And for those who don't think the allegations against Al Franken (by 8 different women) were credible: Why are you lashing out at Kirsten Gillibrand? Why aren't you angry at Al Franken for resigning before an investigation? Perhaps because you know he resigned for good reason. 8/
Gillibrand knew she was taking a risk when she spoke out about Al Franken. Our culture reserves a special type of rage for women who report sexual violence, & it extends to women who publicly stand with victims even when it means speaking hard truths to a colleague and friend. 9/
The true test of our principles is whether we apply them to our friends just as we do our adversaries. Kirsten Gillibrand could have saved herself a lot of trouble by staying quiet about Al Franken. But that would have impeded her efforts to help survivors. So she spoke up. 10/
I was devastated when the accusations against Al Franken came out. But I was more devastated when I realized that so many self-declared progressives were willing to overlook those accusations to save a man's career -- and to ruin a woman's career for not overlooking them. 11/
Al Franken *admitted* to wrongdoing. He said his behavior "crossed a line." Yet Kirsten Gillibrand is receiving more anger for saying his behavior was wrong than the man who said it himself. If you don't see a problem with that, well, maybe that's because you're part of it. 12/
For those who like Al Franken and blame Kirsten Gillibrand for his resignation: Have you ever considered that Franken believed resigning was the right thing to do? That maybe he didn't want the Democratic Party to lose all credibility on matters related to sexual assault? 13/
I just hope those of you who are channeling your anger over Al Franken's resignation at Kirsten Gillibrand will consider the bigger picture. Do you think it's acceptable to encourage women to stay silent to protect men? Because that's what you're doing. 14/
Here's the thing: Al Franken resigned. He's gone. Blaming Kirsten Gillibrand is not going to bring him back. But you know what it will do? Unnecessarily create a rift among Democratic voters & provide a perfect target for any bad actors looking to divide the left in 2020. 15/
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