The President had much to say about one Democrat Senator who stands accused of sexual assault.
Donald Trump spoke out in light of allegations that Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) groped and kissed a woman without her consent. “The Al Frankenstien [sic] picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps?” Mr. Trump tweeted.
Former political radio show host, author, and Senator Al Franken stands accused of having groped and “forcibly kissed” female radio news anchor Leeann Tweeden during an overseas tour for a USO skit in 2006, two years before Mr. Franken got elected to the Senate.
According to Ms. Tweeden’s account of the situation, Mr. Franken wrote a bawdy script that included a kiss for the two to perform onstage. Despite her reluctance to practice that particular scene during rehearsal, Mr. Franken was insistent on going through with it.
“You knew exactly what you were doing,” Ms. Tweeden wrote. “You forcibly kissed me without my consent, grabbed my breasts while I was sleeping and had someone take a photo of your doing it, knowing I would see it later, and be ashamed.”
These revelations prompted the Democrat Senator to apologize and has prompted calls for a Senate ethics investigation into Mr. Franken’s behavior.
In response to these developments, the President had his own comments about the situation. “The Al Frankenstien [sic] picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps?” he said, referring to a photo in which Mr. Franken appears to grab a woman’s breast while she was asleep.
“And to think that just last week he was lecturing anyone who would listen about sexual harassment and respect for women. Lesley Stahl tape?” the President tweeted.
At first, the Democrat official denied recalling that particular incident, “I certainly don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann,” Mr. Franken said. “As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn’t. I shouldn’t have done it.”
The revelations have come amid a growing national focus over sexual harassment and misconduct both within Washington D.C. as well as in Hollywood, as was the case with famous movie producer Harvey Weinstein. Mr. Franken would go on to write a lengthier apology for the incident several hours later.
“The first thing I want to do is apologize: to Leeann, to everyone else who was part of that tour, to everyone who has worked for me, to everyone I represent, and to everyone who counts on me to be an ally and supporter and champion of women,” Mr. Franken wrote, according to The New York Times.
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“I respect women. I don’t respect men who don’t,” he continued. “And the fact that my own actions have given people a good reason to doubt that makes me feel ashamed.”
As the prospect of a Senate ethics investigation seems ever more likely, it’s only a matter of time before the truth is revealed regarding this newest set of allegations.