Celebrities are reacting to Al Franken announcing his resignation from the U.S. Senate on Thursday. See reaction tweets from Hollywood stars below, as well as the video of Franken’s speech.
Speaking on the Senate floor less than a month after he was first accused of sexual misconduct, Franken said he was stepping down because he could not fully participate in an ethics investigation while also trying to serve the people of Minnesota. In regards to the allegations against him, he said he has different recollections in some instances and believes accounts of other alleged incidents are untrue. He also pointedly noted, “There is some irony that I am leaving while a man who bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office, and a man who preyed on young girls runs for Senate with the full support of his party.”
A number of celebs are now making that same observation. Josh Gad, for example, said, “Good on #AlFranken for doing the right thing. Now let me remind everyone that a man who openly brags about grabbing women by the [genitals] is still our President while campaigning for an accused child molester who looks like he’s going to win a Senate seat.” Billy Baldwin tweeted out a check-list of Hollywood, media and Democratic figures who have lost their jobs in recent sex scandals, adding, “GOP: Trump & Roy Moore… crickets? The GOP is a disgrace.”
“Senator @alfranken has resigned. He is accused of far less than the accused assaulter in the White House. And the GOP rallies around an accused pedophile in Alabama. Shocking! #RoyMoore,” wrote Barbra Streisand. Kumail Nanjiani sarcastically said, “Al Franken resigns. Finally, we are free of all sexual predators in the U.S. government.” Mark Ruffalo urged, “Time to clean house.” Of Franken’s speech, Patton Oswalt commented, “This is what character & humility look like.” Don Cheadle obliquely remarked, “Can’t win for losing…”
Meanwhile, James Woods posted, “The liberal python swallows another of its own… #JusticeGorsuch is smiling.” And Chuck Woolery bluntly stated, “For those who have asked. I haven’t talked about Al Franken, Because I don’t really care about Al Franken.” As reported earlier, “The View” co-hosts debated whether Franken should resign shortly before his official announcement. Gossip Cop will continue to update with more reaction as it comes in.