Franken Reverses Course, Cancels Book Event With Kathy Griffin


Sen. Al Franken (D., Minn.) has canceled a joint appearance with comedian Kathy Griffin after photographs and video surfaced of her posing with a decapitated President Trump.

Franken announced Thursday that he believes Griffin should not attend the senator's book event on July 7 in California, according to Politico.

"I believe what Kathy Griffin did was inappropriate and not something that should be be anywhere in our national discourse," Franken said. "I consider her a friend and I'm glad she realized she crossed the line and apologized."

"After hearing from many Minnesotans who were rightfully offended, I've come to the conclusion that it would be best for her not to participate in the event we had previously scheduled," the senator continued. "I understand why Minnesotans were upset by this, and I take that very seriously."

The Minnesota Democrat's event is meant to promote his recently released book, Al Franken: Giant of the Senate.

Franken had told CNN's Alisyn Camerota that he would still appear with Griffin during a Wednesday interview on "New Day" and seemingly remained committed to her as early as Thursday morning.