Fresh accusations of “groping” and “forcible kissing” allegedly committed by Democratic Senator Al Franken against a news reporter have lit a fire on social media.
Sports commentator Leeann Tweeden accused Franken of groping her “without my consent” during a USO tour of Vietnam in Dec 2006.
She provided photo evidence of the assault on social media.
“How dare anyone grab my breasts like this and think it’s funny?” Tweeden said.
Al Franken trended on Twitter in the top spot after the accusation, but we’ll see how long the social media giant — and others like it — allow it to trend.
The comedian-turned-Senator made a lame response:
NEW Stmt from @SenFranken: “I certainly don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann.”
Says he “shouldn’t have done” the picture. pic.twitter.com/cJ0avgDroM
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) November 16, 2017
The accusation has led many to point a giant finger at Republican leadership, Democratic politicians, and supposedly objective journalists, who want the Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore to drop out of the race due to his own accusations, which are based largely on the claims of witnesses.
Sen. Ben Cardin says he hasn’t seen the Al Franken story, will review it before he reacts.
No Dem electeds have said anything about Franken so far.
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) November 16, 2017
The media should get a response from every Democratic Senator immediately on whether Al Franken should resign for molesting a woman
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) November 16, 2017
Al Franken was caught on film sexually assaulting Leeann Tweeden + he admits it.
Where are Democrats demanding he resign? Or do they only care about allegations of sexual assault when they can use it for a political advantage?
— Jack Bailey 🇺🇸 (@JackBaileyUSA) November 16, 2017
I assume McConnell will start expulsion proceedings against Franken https://t.co/jQyObiJAT2
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) November 16, 2017
However, Mitch McConnell has responded.
McConnell calls for an Ethics Committee probe of Al Franken: "Regardless of party, harassment and assault are completely unacceptable—in the workplace or anywhere else." https://t.co/RReGuTkdbo
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 16, 2017
“As with all credible allegations of sexual harassment or assault, I believe the Ethics Committee should review the matter. I hope the Democratic Leader will join me on this,” McConnell said. “Regardless of party, harassment and assault are completely unacceptable—in the workplace or anywhere else.”
This article was updated after publication.
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