Al Franken Victim Leeann Tweeden Responds to Democrat's Resignation

Franken accused of groping journalist at Media Matters party for Obama inauguration

On Wednesday night, O'Donnell retweeted comedian Tom Arnold who claimed that Leeann Tweeden (the first woman to accuse Franken) was coached by Trump allies hoping to dethrone Franken.

"It was also quick; he knew exactly what he was doing", Dupuy wrote.

Franken said that in responding to women's reports of his behavior, he "wanted to be respectful" of the broader conversation around harassment and men's abuses of power.

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. "Nevertheless, today I am announcing that in the coming weeks, I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate", Franken said from the Senate floor.

Tweeden also posted an image of Franken pretending to cup her covered breasts on a plane ride as she slept. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii; Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; Maggie Hassan, D-N.H.; Patty Murray, D-Wash.; and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., called for Franken to resign.

"I consider Senator Franken a dear friend and greatly respect his accomplishments", Schumer said in a statement, "but he has a higher obligation to his constituents and the Senate, and he should step down immediately".

"You can't be a champion of women and then turn around and assault us". I want to thank the women of the United States Senate who stood up yesterday and said this can not continue. "I expected for him to come and share the truth, share what he had experienced, you know, give us some sort of resolve to the situation".




Despite the backlash, Kemplin said she has no regrets.

"It doesn't make me feel good but I would use that word", Tweeden added.

After Tweeden came forward, multiple other women accused Franken of groping them.

Menz said she chose to come forward after she learned of Tweeden's story and said she hopes sharing her story will help change the culture.

"I'm very disappointed that he wants to say we took his actions in the wrong way, not the way he intended it", she said. The woman said she appeared on Franken's radio show Air America and after the interview, she tried to shake his hand but he took it and leaned in for a kiss.

Franken was right about one thing: It is unfair (though not, perhaps, "an irony", as he put it) that he will leave the Senate and Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexually pursuing teenage girls, will probably enter it.

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