On Thursday, actress Alyssa Milano retweeted her own tweet from nearly two weeks ago:
A little reminder, @SenatorCollins. This, from 2017, one week after the allegations—
Collins: Franken allegations ‘credible, disgusting and appalling’ https://t.co/KtYbNfGSjY
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) September 17, 2018
Milano appears to be implying that there’s a 1-1 comparison between Senator Susan Collins’ reaction to the Al Franken scandal and her reaction to the allegations against SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
However, if one takes a moment to analyze the comparison, it falls short.
When Collins referred to the allegations made by Leeann Tweeden as “credible, disgusting, and appalling,” former Senator Al Franken had already apologized to Tweeden. In his apology, he claimed that he didn’t remember the rehearsal the same way Tweeden did, but he apologized for the photo in which he can be seen pretending to grope her breasts while she slept.
Tweeden alleges that during a 2006 USO tour, Franken “came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth” during a private rehearsal for a skit that was to include a kiss.
As for Franken’s alleged behavior toward Tweeden, there was physical evidence showing inappropriate behavior in the form of the photograph, as well as the former senator’s apology regarding the “groping” incident.
The Kavanaugh situation is quite different. First, there is no corroborating evidence to support Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation that Kavanaugh assaulted her. Every alleged witness to the reported incident has either failed to support Ford’s claims or outright denied that the event in question took place. Moreover, the claims themselves are currently unverifiable due in large part to gaps in Ford’s account. Finally, Kavanaugh himself has vociferously denied that any such incident occurred.
Although these two stories are somewhat similar in that they both involve sexual harassment or assault, it’s not a 1-1 comparison. To make such a claim, as Milano appears to be doing, is intellectually dishonest.