President Trump Says Al Franken Picture ‘Looks Really Bad’; Is Criticized for Remaining Silent On Roy Moore

U.S. President Donald Trump smiles while attending a Women in Healthcare panel at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 22, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Trump took aim at longtime critic Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) on Thursday night, after Franken was accused of forcibly kissing and groping a woman 11 years ago.

“The Al Frankenstein picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words,” Trump tweeted, adding in a second tweet that Franken had last week been “lecturing anyone who would listen about sexual harassment and respect for women.”

Los Angeles radio anchor Leann Tweeden said that during a USO trip to the Middle East and Afghanistan in 2006 Franken forced his tongue in her mouth during a rehearsal for a skit and then groped her while she was sleeping during a flight home — a moment that was captured in a photograph.

“You knew exactly what you were doing,” she wrote in an online essay published Thursday morning. “You forcibly kissed me without my consent, grabbed my breasts while I was sleeping and had someone take a photo of you doing it, knowing I would see it later and be ashamed.”

Some responded to Trump’s tweets by citing the allegations against the president.

Eleven women came forward during Trump’s presidential campaign to accuse him of sexual misconduct over several decades.

Trump has dismissed these claims as “fake news,” and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has said that all the women who have accused Trump of sexual harassment are lying.

Hours before Trump tweeted about Franken, Sanders told reporters that Trump did not plan to rescind his endorsement of Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused by several women of sexual misconduct.

“The president believes that these allegations are very troubling and should be taken seriously, and he thinks that the people of Alabama should make the decision on who their next senator should be,” Sanders told reporters at a briefing.

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