Senator Al Franken was on the hot seat Thursday after an accuser, Leeann Tweeden, former NBC and Fox Sports employee and current radio host on “McIntyre in the Morning” on KABC/790 AM, claimed that Franken “groped” and “kissed” her without her consent.
Many women have stepped forward in the past few weeks with allegations of sexual assault, sexual misconduct and harassment.
Tweeden came forward on Thursday and tweeted that it was “time to tell” her story.
“I’ve decided it’s time to tell my story.”
— Leeann Tweeden (@LeeannTweeden) November 16, 2017
Tweeden recalled her December 2006 USO Tour to entertain the troops in the Middle East. She reported that while she was sleeping, Franken groped her.
A photograph was released which appears to be a sleeping Tweeden with a smiling Franken placing his hands on her breasts over the flak jacket she was wearing.
“I couldn’t believe it.He groped me, without my consent, while I was asleep.
I felt violated all over again. Embarrassed. Belittled. Humiliated.
How dare anyone grab my breasts like this and think it’s funny?”
She further recalled an SNL scene with Franken in which he insisted on rehearsing the kiss.
“He continued to insist, and I was beginning to get uncomfortable.
He repeated that actors really need to rehearse everything and that we must practice the kiss. I said ‘OK’ so he would stop badgering me. We did the line leading up to the kiss and then he came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth.”
Both House Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer called for an ethics investigation of Franken. Franken also called for an investigation and said he would cooperate.
Franken admitted the photo was genuine, said it was meant to be funny but wasn’t and indicated he doesn’t remember the rehearsal kiss in the same way as Tweeden.
Franken said about the photo:
“For instance, that picture. I don’t know what was in my head when I took that picture, and it doesn’t matter. There’s no excuse. I look at it now and I feel disgusted with myself. It isn’t funny.”
A second accuser, Melanie Morgan, co-founder of the conservative website Media Equalizer, tweeted:
“Yes, it’s true. I was stalked and harassed by Al Franken. I will have details @MediaEqualizer shortly.”
Yes, it’s true. I was stalked and harassed by Al Franken. I will have details @MediaEqualizer shortly.
— Melanie Morgan (@MelMorgan1350) November 16, 2017
Like many, at this point, I’m curious as to what an ethics investigation will reveal that the photo doesn’t already expose?
Will Franken get a pass for “groping” without consent as the accuser claims because he said it was meant to be funny?
Quite frankly, I don’t need to see or hear any further information. When someone is touched without their consent (you can’t give permission when you are asleep and no one is disputing that Tweeden was not asleep) it’s a battery in most if not all 50 states. And in many states, it could be considered sexual assault, as well.
Franken should immediately resign or be expelled from Congress as permitted under Article I of the U.S, Constitution. A censure or statement of disapproval would not be sufficient.
Others on social media agree that Franken should resign:
Quinton Jackson wrote: What is there to “investigate” in regards to Al Franken?? There’s proof and he ADMITS IT!
— Quinton Jackson (@alaskantexanQCT) November 16, 2017
Some allege there may be other “groping” photos in Franken’s past:
Assuming the photo is authentic, at least Behar was awake and could give her consent.
Still others pointed out the hypocrisy in calling for an investigation for Franken but not for Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore who was told by Democrats and others in his own Party that he should immediately step aside from the race.
Franken’s allegation was accompanied by a photo of the alleged offense.
RuthieRedSox states: “So Roy Moore should “drop out of the race” but Al Franken gets to wait out the ethics probe. Yep. Sounds like the same standard. Liberal Hypocrisy.”
So Roy Moore should “drop out of the race” but Al Franken gets to wait out the ethics probe. Yep. Sounds like the same standard. 🙄🙄 Liberal Hypocrisy. https://t.co/kRx3ZYPuRZ
— RuthieRedSox (@RuthieRedSox) November 16, 2017
Many like Kristyna were frustrated at the fact no one on either side of the congressional political aisle immediately called for Franken to step down.
She writes: “So there’s picture proof of Al Franken groping a woman’s breasts while she was asleep and nobody is going to call for him to step down?”
So there’s picture proof of Al Franken groping a woman’s breasts while she was asleep and nobody is going to call for him to step down? 🤔
— No Soy Boys Allowed (@krisp__y) November 16, 2017
There was one surprising tweet, from Liberal actress Alyssa Milano who also called for Franken to resign. She tweeted:
“Zero tolerance. If we don’t hold all accountable for horrible behavior — nothing changes. Sorry,
@SenAlFranken you should not be in a position to represent the female constituents in your state.”
Zero tolerance. If we don’t hold all accountable for horrible behavior — nothing changes. Sorry, @SenAlFranken you should not be in a position to represent the female constituents in your state. https://t.co/MrJi7QKCu1
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) November 16, 2017
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