Franken ad­mits Trump can be per­sua­sive

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Sally Per­sons

Sen. Al Franken said Mon­day that Pres­i­dent Trump had a way of hit­ting cer­tain is­sues in a way that a ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans could agree.

“Ev­ery once in a while, he hit some­thing — you know, when he said in South Carolina that Ge­orge W. Bush lied us into the war. Re­mem­ber how shocked ev­ery­one was that some­one would say that in a Re­pub­li­can de­bate in South Carolina, a mil­i­tary state? Ev­ery­one said yeah,” Mr. Franken said on MSNBC ref­er­enc­ing Mr. Trump’s per­for­mance on the cam­paign trail.

“They saw some­one who was the op­po­site of Hillary. They saw some­one who was go­ing to tear ev­ery­thing apart. They were so sick of es­tab­lish­ment Democrats, or just the es­tab­lish­ment. Re­mem­ber, he beat 16 other Repub­li­cans who seemed like pretty con­ven­tional politi­cians,” the sen­a­tor said.

The Min­nesota Demo­crat also ac­knowl­edged Mr. Trump’s tweet ear­lier Mon­day say­ing that in 2016 Pres­i­dent Obama didn’t do much about Rus­sia’s med­dling be­cause he as­sumed Demo­cratic nom­i­nee Hillary Clin­ton would win.

“I do think they thought Hillary would win, and they didn’t want to ap­pear putting thumb on the scale, and that’s why they didn’t do more. I wish they had, ob­vi­ously,” Mr. Franken said.

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