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Should Al Franken have resigned? What 7 top political cartoonists think

Did Democrats really secure the high moral ground by forcing out Senator Al Franken?

Steve Sack / Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Cagle Cartoons

On Thursday, Sen. Al Franken (D., Minn.) announced on the Senate floor he plans on resigning after the majority of his Democratic colleagues — including 13 women — called for him to step down following claims from seven women about sexual harassment.

Of course, Franken also used his speech to take a shot at both President Trump and Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, both of whom have been accused of vary degrees of sexual misconduct by multiple women.

"I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party," Franken said.

Franken's move puts Republicans in the awkward position of supporting a candidate in Moore that is accused (among other things) of initiating a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old and sexually assaulting a 15-year-old. President Trump doubled-down that support on Friday morning, noting on Twitter that, "LAST thing the Make America Great Again Agenda needs is a Liberal Democrat in Senate where we have so little margin for victory already."

Of course, none of that makes the charges against Franken any less inappropriate, especially among the nation's political cartoonists. Here's what seven ink slingers, both conservative and liberal, think of Franken's decision to resign, and what it might mean for Moore's candidacy.

Nate Beeler of the Columbus Dispatch / Cagle Cartoons

Rick McKee of the Augusta Chronicle, Cagle Cartoons

Chris Weyant of the Boston Globe / Cagle Cartoons

Jeff Koterba of the Omaha World Herald / Cagle Cartoons

Steve Sack of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Cagle Cartoons

R.J. Matson of Roll Call / Cagle Cartoons

Jeff Danzinger for The Rutland Herald / Washington Post Syndicate