Senator Al Franken departed the United States Senate Thursday with a warning to his colleagues that America is "losing the war for truth."
The Democratic senator from Minnesota announced his resignation earlier this month after several women came forward with allegations that they had been inappropriately touched by Franken.
“As I leave the Senate, I have to admit that it feels like we’re losing the war for truth,” Franken said in his final speech on the Senate floor. “Maybe it’s already lost. If that’s what happens, then we have lost the ability to have the kinds of arguments that help build consensus.”
Franken also accused the Trump administration and Republican party of harming minority groups, including racial minorities, women, and the LGBT community, saying the former have "eviscerated" policies protecting the latter.
“The values propelling the Republican agenda today are about consolidating political and economic power in the hands of corporations and the very wealthy.”
Franken leaves the Senate after eight years of service.