(PARENTAL WARNING: This story includes a groping photo)
What’s been a very bad week for Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is turning into a very bad week for Democratic Sen. Al Franken after reporter Leeann Tweeden accused him of forcibly kissing her on a USO tour in Afghanistan in 2006 as well as groping her while she was asleep. And she has the photo to prove it.
Franken has now released two statements since the news has gone viral. While he denies any recollection of passionately kissing Tweeden against her will, he has admitted that the photo of him grinning while inappropriately touching her is authentic. In his statement, Franken apologized for what he said was a joke photo but says he realizes how disgusting his actions back then were.
Not surprisingly, Twitter has erupted with comments from political leaders and commentators.
Missouri Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill:
Conservative radio talk show host Sean Hannity:
Former President Trump adviser Steve Bannon:
Conservative radio talk show host Mark Levin:
Hollywood conservative Chuck Woolery:
Republican blogger and radio show host Wayne Dupree:
Conservative radio talk show host Erick Erickson:
Turning Point USA executive director Charlie Kirk:
Offended America executive editor Jacob Wohl:
Franken gave no sign that he would step down from his Senate seat. However, he did ask for an ethics investigation of himself and said he would willingly cooperate.
Should he resign immediately? Here is more of what Tweeden said in her accusation against Franken.