After the bombshell report that Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) forced a woman to kiss him while on a USO tour and groped her while she slept in 2006, many have called for the former comedian to resign. On Saturday, he finally responded to the calls.
The Star Tribune reported that when Franken’s spokesperson was asked if he will resign, they answered: “No.” They also added how Franken is dealing with the controversy: “He is spending time with his family in Washington, D.C., and will be through the Thanksgiving holiday, and he’s doing a lot of reflecting.”
While people have demanded Franken’s resignation, his accuser — radio personality Leeann Tweeden — has accepted his apology and said she does not think he should leave his Senate seat.
After providing an initial statement saying the photograph showing him groping Tweeden was meant to be a joke, Franken said in a longer explanation that he was sorry.
“I respect women,” he said. “I don’t respect men who don’t. And the fact that my own actions have given people a good reason to doubt that makes me feel ashamed.”
“Coming from the world of comedy, I’ve told and written a lot of jokes that I once thought were funny but later came to realize were just plain offensive,” he added. “But the intentions behind my actions aren’t the point at all. It’s the impact these jokes had on others that matters. And I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to come to terms with that.”