Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont has spoken out against President Donald Trump, joining a growing list of politicians who have called on the president to resign over allegations of sexual misconduct from multiple women.
Sanders, who ran in the 2016 presidential race's Democratic primary against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, called for Trump to resign during an interview on "Anderson Cooper 360." Sanders compared the accusations against Trump to the sexual misconduct allegations that led to the resignation of Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota earlier in December, reports CNN Wire.
"Yes, I do think he should resign," said Sanders, who also referenced the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape in which Trump is heard bragging about grabbing women "by the p***y." Trump later dismissed the tape as "locker room talk."
"You've got a president who has been accused by many, many women of harassment, to say the least," added Sanders. "This is a guy who was on a tape seen by everybody in America essentially bragging about his sexual assault of women. Do I think under those considerations of Al Franken resigning, do I think the president should resign? I do. Do I think he will? I don't."
At least 15 women have come forward accusing Trump of sexual misconduct, reports CNN. The reports have included allegations of sexual assault and harassment as well as lewd behavior toward women.
Sanders joins a number of Democratic senators who have called for the president's resignation.
Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York called the allegations against Trump "credible" and "numerous," saying she has "heard these women's testimony, and many of them are heartbreaking."
"President Trump has committed assault, according to these women, and those are very credible allegations of misconduct and criminal activity, and he should be fully investigated and he should resign," said Gillibrand, who added that Congress should "have appropriate investigations of [Trump's] behavior and hold him accountable" if he doesn't resign.
The first to demand Trump's resignation was Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon, who wrote his thoughts in a fundraising email to his supporters.
"I want to be absolutely clear," Merkley said in the email. "Donald Trump should resign the presidency. This is not about politics. This is not about policy. I disagree with him on many things, but this is not about that."
Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon took to Twitter to show support for the women accusing Trump of misconduct.
"These women are right," tweeted Wyden. "If Donald Trump won't resign, Congress must investigate allegations by many, many women that he sexually assaulted and harassed them. No one is above the law."
Democratic Sen. Corey Booker of New Jersey called for Trump's resignation after a campaign event for Alabama Sen.-elect Doug Jones. Booker mentioned seeing Franken resign, and questioned why Trump isn't "doing the same thing" as the president "has more serious allegations against him, with more women who have come forward."
Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii also called on Trump to resign on Dec. 12, tweeting that the president "is a misogynist, compulsive liar, and admitted sexual predator."
On Dec. 12, Trump tweeted about the allegations, calling them "fake news" and saying he didn't know the women.
"Despite thousands of hours wasted and many millions of dollars spent, the Democrats have been unable to show any collusion with Russia - so now they are moving on to the false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don't know and/or have never met," tweeted the president. "FAKE NEWS!"