You feign shock that the women you fondled or attempted to fondle in the workplace or during photo shoots didn't get that your hands on their bodies was just you innocently being your warm, huggy self. Though you admit that for these women you crossed a line, you offer the excuse that at the time you had no idea that you were crossing a line.
"Some women," you said during your supposed public apology three days ago, "have found my greetings or embraces for a hug or photo inappropriate, and I respect their feelings about that.”
You apologized for making some women "feel badly."
But not for groping them. Or for forcing yourself upon them.
In other words, Senator Franken, your sorry excuse of a flimsy faux-apology was a crock of mano morta .
Far from an expression of heartfelt remorse, your words were an attempt at self-vindication.
Senator Franken, imagine some man of power and position grabbing your wife in a sexual way as you did those women. Imagine some man in a position of power over you grabbing you in a sexual way as you did those women. Then think of the words you'd require from that man, the words that would give you satisfaction for what he did. Then say those words to the women you offended.
In fact say those words for the world to hear for the sake of all the women, men, and children who've had to suffer violations of their bodies and spirits at the hands of men who, like you, refuse to get that they have no right to lay their hands, mouths, or bodies on whomever they desire to.
And this new apology should begin, "My name is Al Franken (Roy Moore, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Bill Cosby, Mike Oreskes, Joe Barton, John Conyers, Charlie Rose, Glen Thrush, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, etc, etc, etc) and I have a problem."