CNN conservative commentator and HLN host SE Cupp made it clear that she was not impressed by the speech Al Franken gave today to announce his imminent departure from the the U.S. Senate. Franken categorically denies the allegation, saying the idea he would claim such conduct as a right as an entertainer was "preposterous". She said Franken cupped her breast during a photo opp.
Anyhow, ahead of this announcement, there have been some scorching takes from some of Franken's celebrity friends: namely, Leann Tweeden, Franken's first accuser, isn't credible because of her political beliefs.
"We posed for the shot", she wrote. Tina Dupuy told the publication that Franken grabbed a handful of flesh around her waist and squeezed at least twice. Rosie added "f**k leeann and her naked ambition".
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"I assumed Franken would step down later that day", Dupuy said.
Support for Franken has rapidly vanished amid the mounting allegations of sexual misconduct, with a majority of the Senate's Democrats calling on the two-term lawmaker to quit.
"The first thing I want to do is apologize: to Leeann, to everyone else who was part of that tour, to everyone who has worked for me, to everyone I represent, and to everyone who counts on me to be an ally and supporter and champion of women". Here's what I've done...' Who cares?
A couple of things are going on here: 1) Democrats obviously want to clear the decks to get a clear line of fire on Roy Moore and Donald Trump, and Franken realizes he can't stand in the way; 2) In the current environment in the Democratic party it is hard to question the credibility of any accusers, so Franken would have just dug himself in a deeper hole by trying to defend himself (this is a dynamic that could lead to injustices); 3) Franken is pretty clearly not telling the truth in his denials, and that would have become even more obvious over time.
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Patton Oswalt commended Franken for the move after the politician was accused of sexual misconduct, while Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) joked about how now "we are free of all sexual predators in the USA government".
Franken said he plans to resign in the coming weeks.
"I thought he said to listen to women, and then he talked about himself", Dupuy said.