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Gingrich defends Franken: 'This is purely and simply hysteria'

Gingrich defends Franken: 'This is purely and simply hysteria'
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Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) on Sunday came to Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenElection Countdown: Takeaways from heated Florida governor's debate | DNC chief pushes back on 'blue wave' talk | Manchin faces progressive backlash | Trump heads to Houston rally | Obama in Las Vegas | Signs of huge midterm turnout Dem holds single-digit lead in race to replace Franken GOP lawmaker once belittled sexual harassment: 'How traumatizing was it?' MORE's defense, saying the calls for the Minnesota Democrat to resign from Congress were “purely and simply hysteria.”

“He's never faced his accusers. He's never had due process. He's never had an opportunity to clear his name,” Gingrich told “Fox News Sunday” when asked why the calls for Franken to step aside were "a lynching."

“Now a million people had elected him. And 30 people decided he was inappropriate. Now they haven't decided yet that Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezTrump lowers refugee goal to 30,000, he must meet it Blame Senate, not FBI, for Kavanaugh travesty Dems urge tech companies to remove 3D-gun blueprints MORE, by the way, who has a much more interesting story to tell, is inappropriate,” Gingrich added, referring to Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), whose federal corruption case last month ended in a mistrial.

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“This is purely and simply hysteria.”

Gingrich defended Franken last week before the senator announced his plans to resign, saying the calls from lawmakers for Franken to leave Congress without due process were akin to a “lynch mob.” 

“I was told by a reporter who really tries to pay attention to this stuff — that to some extent the blowback on Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiPelosi: 'Follow the money' to understand Trump-Saudi relations Pelosi says Dems would 'handily' win House if election were held today Ben Shapiro condemns Republicans confronting Nancy Pelosi: ‘Stupid, nasty, and counterproductive’ MORE when she tried to defend John ConyersJohn James ConyersFormer campaign aide to New Jersey governor says she was sexually assaulted by his ex-staffer Kavanaugh controversy has led to politicization of 'Me Too,' says analyst Sexual assault is not a game — stop using women to score political points MORE was so intense from the left that everybody else on the left suddenly said ‘Got it. Lynch mobs are in this week. Let's go lynch somebody. Franken’s available,’ ” Gingrich said on Sunday, referencing House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) comments that former Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) deserved due process in the face of sexual misconduct allegations.

“I mean, there was no objective force to kick him out,” Gingrich added of Franken. “He wasn't going to be expelled. He just couldn't take the social ostracism.”

Franken last Thursday announced he would resign after more than half of the Democratic caucus called for him to do so.