This is what a tipping point looks like. Following allegations of comedian-turned US senator Al Franken groping women, a cadre of his colleagues in the senate are now calling for him to step down. What appears to start as a coordinated effort amongst some of the Democratic women of the Senate, has rapidly turned into broader calls for his resignation.
Here’s how it all went down:
Over an hour after the first tweet, the senator’s staff announced Franken would be making an announcement tomorrow.
…but the calls to resign continued.
“Senator Franken’s situation has become untenable,” the satement linked here says, “He has to step aside.”
Franken’s Minnesota colleague, senator Amy Klobuchar, referred to his announcement and did not explicitly call for him to step down.
Senator Catherine Cortez Masto also did not explicitly call for Franken to step down.
“I think it’s time for my friend to resign” senator King wrote.
Correction: An earlier version of this story miscalculated the elapsed time for some tweets.