Trump Slams 'Al Frankenstein'
Groping picture is 'really bad,' he says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2017 5:40 AM CST
Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Al Franken leaves a meeting.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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(Newser) – President Trump has been circumspect in his comments on Roy Moore. It's a different story with the man he has dubbed "Al Frankenstien (sic)." "The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words," Trump tweeted Thursday, referring to a photo of Sen. Al Franken apparently groping radio host Leeann Tweeden during a USO tour in 2006. "Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps?" He added: "And to think that just last week he was lecturing anyone who would listen about sexual harassment and respect for women. Lesley Stahl tape?" Fox reports that Trump was apparently referring to a 1995 interview in which Franken, then a Saturday Night Live writer, discussed a skit idea that involved drugging and raping CBS reporter Leslie Stahl.

Franken, who has called for an ethics investigation of himself, was mocked by late-night hosts Thursday, the Washington Post reports. Some of them also noted that Trump is no stranger to sexual harassment allegations. "Every day it seems like we find out about another high-profile sexual harasser," said Stephen Colbert. "I guess there are no good people left, so let's get it over with," he said. "Just tell us whatever you did, Jimmy Carter! Barack Obama! Tom Hanks! Malala!" After Franken apologized Thursday, Tweeden said she didn't think he should resign, though others disagree. At the Chicago Tribune, John Kass writes that if Franken is truly sorry, "there's one thing for him to do: Resign immediately, disappear out into the woods."


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