Liberals are disappointed in Democratic Sen. Al Franken (Minn.) and called for his resignation on Thursday after he was accused of sexual assault.
Radio broadcaster Leeann Tweeden posted her story on the KABC radio station's website on Thursday, alleging Franken kissed and groped her without consent. The allegations occurred in 2006 when Tweeden and Franken were performing on an USO tour for the troops in the Middle East.
Tweeden alleges Franken insisted they practice a kiss when rehearsing for a skit. Tweeden tried to say practicing the kiss wasn't necessary, but nevertheless, he persisted.
"He repeated that actors really need to rehearse everything and that we must practice the kiss," Tweeden said. "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."
There was another incident where Franken groped Tweeden when she was asleep during their trip back to the United States. A photographer took a picture of the incident.
— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) November 16, 2017
Franken released a statement saying he remembers the skit rehearsal differently and the picture was meant to be a joke.
"I certainly don't remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leann," Franken said in a statement. "As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn't. I shouldn't have done it."
Liberals and supporters of the senator shared their disappointment at the news of him allegedly committing sexual assault.
— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) November 16, 2017
i hadn't felt any of that "waahhh, someone I look up to is a sexual predator boo-hoo my hero" until i read the al franken story. god fucking dammit.
— Ariel Dumas (@ArielDumas) November 16, 2017
Al Franken story is not ok.
re tribalism, no.
— Greg Dworkin (@DemFromCT) November 16, 2017
Damnit, Al Franken.
— Jay Zawaski (@JayZawaski670) November 16, 2017
everyone sucks https://t.co/mHb4FgD6Kh
— Bill Corbett (@BillCorbett) November 16, 2017
I believe Leeann Tweeden. Senator Al Franken does not get a pass for sexual assault and must step down. https://t.co/ISssrOLotK
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) November 16, 2017
No, this was not a skit. She asleep when this happened. Another incident happened during a skit.
I don't care who you are, what party you are a part of, this is wrong.
What Al Franken did here was wrong. https://t.co/unLdDFblDG
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) November 16, 2017
The progressive public policy advocacy group MoveOn.org said the senator "should be held to the same standard as anyone in public or private life."
Allegations regarding @SenFranken are deeply disturbing. Progressives & Democrats must not tolerate sexual harassment or assault. We must lift up women & others speaking out. @SenFranken should be held to the same standard as anyone in public or private life.
— MoveOn.org (@MoveOn) November 16, 2017
Others believed the allegations against Franken were reason for him to resign.
Al Franken should resign immediately. https://t.co/gXRuHerGDa
— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) November 16, 2017
That photo of Al Franken is awful. He needs to resign immediately.
— Chrissa Hardy (@chrissahardy) November 16, 2017
Get Al Franken the fuck outta here.
— Tom Breihan (@tombreihan) November 16, 2017
— Carol Roth (@caroljsroth) November 16, 2017