President Trump on Thursday lashed out at Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) after a female broadcaster accused the lawmaker of once groping and kissing her without consent.
“The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words,” he tweeted. “Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps?”
“And to think just last week he was lecturing anyone who would listen about sexual harassment and respect for women?” Trump added of Franken in a second tweet. “Lesley Stahl tape?”
The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps? .....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 17, 2017
.And to think that just last week he was lecturing anyone who would listen about sexual harassment and respect for women. Lesley Stahl tape?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 17, 2017
Leeann Tweeden on Thursday accused Franken of groping her in 2006 while she was asleep, releasing a photograph of the incident as evidence.
The broadcaster added that Franken also forcibly kissed her during the same United Services Organization (USO) tour through Afghanistan they were traveling together on.
Trump’s second tweet about Franken was referencing a New York Magazine description of a writers’ room meeting for NBC’s "Saturday Night Live" in 1995.
Franken, who was then a writer on the comedy show, was quoted as pitching a joke about raping Leslie Stahl, a correspondent for CBS’s "60 Minutes."
“I give the pills to Leslie Stahl. Then, when Leslie is passed out, I take her to the closet and rape her,” an actor parodying "60 Minutes" commentator Andy Rooney would quip after finding an empty pill bottle in his desk.
Franken also suggested lines including “That’s why you never see Lesley until February” and “When she passes out, I put her in various positions and take pictures of her.”
Tweeden on Thursday said she accepts Franken’s apology after he offered one and called for an ethics investigation into his own behavior.
The allegations against Franken emerged as Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore faces his own accusations of sexual misconduct.
Multiple women have alleged that Moore made sexual advances on them in the past, with several claiming he did so when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s.
Trump has so far remained silent about Moore, and the White House on Thursday declined to call on him to abandon Alabama’s Senate race.
“The president believes these allegations are very troubling and should be taken seriously,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
“That is a decision the people of Alabama need to make, not the president,” she added when asked if Moore should leave his state’s Senate contest.