Outgoing Sen.Al Franken(D-Minn.), who resigned from office earlier this month amid sexual misconduct allegations, used hisfinal speech from the Senate flooron Thursday to list PresidentDonald Trump’s many lies. He urged his congressional colleagues on both sides of the aisle to “stand up for truth.”
The Democratic senator said Trump did not invent many of the lies he spread ― including false claims about widespread voter fraud,climate changescience and the effectiveness of theAffordable Care Act, but the president was now leading the charge.
“As I leave the Senate, I have to admit that it feels like we are losing the war for truth,” he said. “Maybe it’s already lost.”
“So what is to be done?” Franken said. “Who will stand up and fight for a more honest debate — to insist that, even though we have a different set of opinions, we cannot honorably advance our competing agendas unless we use the same set of facts?”
Franken chose to resign after eight women publicly accused the senator of sexual misconduct, including unwanted groping, kissing and sexual advances. Dozens of Franken’s Democratic colleaguescalled on him to resignamid the allegations.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.