Ms. Gillibrand started the avalanche with an extended statement on Facebook.
"As elected officials, we should be subject to the highest standards, not the lowest standards," wrote Ms. Gillibrand. "The allegations against Senator Franken describe behavior that can not be tolerated, although he is entitled to an Ethics Committee hearing, I think he should step aside to let someone else serve."
Mr. Franken apologized for his behavior, but the senators said their admissions are not enough.
"I have been shocked and disappointed to learn in recent weeks that a colleague I personally like has been involved in behavior towards women, unacceptable," said Ms. Gillibrand. "I consider Senator Franken a friend and I have enjoyed working with him in the Senate in our shared struggle to help American families, but this time of settling scores about our friends and colleagues who have been accused of sexual behavior. inappropriate is necessary, and it is painful, we must not lose sight of the fact that this decisive moment is greater than any industry, part or person. "
That was followed in quick succession with other statements. Ms. Hirono said the effort was really coordinated.
"We have been in contact with each other," he said. "It's been difficult because I consider Al a friend, I've sat with him on two committees, but that does not excuse his behavior."
He added: "We are at the point where I think there may be a cultural change in terms of how women are perceived and treated in this country. This type of bad behavior has been tolerated and ignored for too long, but not today. "
The statements on social networks came out in a snowstorm.
The Democrats' move in the Senate came after the House Democrats showed an equally intransigent stance against the Democrats accused in that body. Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Michigan, the oldest member of the African-American House in history, left Congress on Tuesday after Democratic leaders and group members called for his resignation, amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment.
A young Democrat, Representative Ruben Kihuen of Nevada, has faced calls for his resignation since allegations surfaced on Friday that he had repeatedly proposed to his former campaign finance director.
In contrast, Republicans have been silent since it emerged on Friday. The owner of Texas, used $ 84,000 from a secret fund of taxpayers to resolve a case of spooky sexual harassment filed against him.
And Republicans are deeply divided over the Republican candidate for the Alabama Senate, Roy S. Moore, who has been accused of sexually assaulting teenagers as young as 14, yet has maintained the support of President Trump and others Conservatives Alabama's special election for the Senate seat held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions is Tuesday.
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