“The View” Reacts To Al Franken Sexual Assault Claims From Leeann Tweeden

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The View Al Franken Sexual Assault

By Shari Weiss |

The View Al Franken Sexual Assault


On Thursday’s “The View,” the co-hosts reacted to the sexual assault claims leveled against Al Franken by radio host Leeann Tweeden. Watch the video below.

In a story for 790 KABC Radio titled, “Senator Al Franken Kissed and Groped Me Without My Consent, And There’s Nothing Funny About It,” Tweeden alleged Franken forcibly kissed her as they rehearsed for a skit during a 2006 USO tour. She also included a photo of the former “SNL” star seemingly groping her breasts while she slept on their military flight. It was the first topic discussed on the ABC talk show, with Whoopi Goldberg kicking off the discussion by saying, “You hear this and you’re going, where else? Who else is going to be hit by this?”

Joy Behar commented, “It was disappointing to hear this about Al Franken. I can’t back Al. He’s a very funny comedian, he was during this time. He’s a senator from Minnesota. He’s a great advocate for women. It’s just so disappointing. Men of all different stripes are out there doing crazy [expletive].” Meghan McCain then revealed she knows Tweeden “very well,” sharing, “She is deeply dedicated to the military. I know few people I would name on a short list of people who are so dedicated to vets in this country. This is a woman I also vouch for. People who go on USO tours and sacrifice themselves and put themselves in danger to entertain our troops should not be subjected to being groped.”

“It’s not acceptable for anybody to be do it,” Goldberg responded. She went on, “As we’ve been saying at this table, this has nothing to do with your political leaning. This is not a partisan issue. You shouldn’t be doing this and you should know better. But see, sometimes, guys feel like they can make these kinds off jokes. I think we have to make it as uncomfortable as women are making it for people to remind people, ‘Don’t touch me!'”

Remarked Sara Haines, “One thing that’s so bothersome about this is, how tempting is power that people will set aside their integrity so quickly once they have it? I know women probably do this as well, and maybe women don’t have as many powerful positions so we’re not hearing it as much, but how tasty is power that you can still go to sleep at night and be okay with their actions? It’s shocking. It takes them just becoming famous, just becoming powerful, and then everything your family taught you, what you stand for, is out the window because you can.”

Sunny Hostin pointed out that “men who aren’t powerful do it, too,” but Haines argued, “But the majority of the ones we’re seeing right now, it’s a power struggle. It’s people in positions of power manipulating.” Hostin further said, “I think what’s so offensive [about the photo] is she’s sleeping. She’s sleeping. So that is truly taking power away from a woman.” She then read aloud Franken’s statement, in which he said he doesn’t “remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann.” He also said the photo was “clearly intended to be funny, but wasn’t. I shouldn’t have done it.”

In response, Behar said the specific claims are “more upsetting than the picture, because in the picture he was obviously making a joke. I don’t know if he actually had his hands on her, but it’s the part [in the story] where he thrust his tongue down her throat, allegedly, and forced her to kiss him. That is what you call nonconsensual assault.” Still, in regards to the photo, McCain declared, “If somebody did that to me while I was asleep on a plane, lawyer up quick. We would have a big, big probblem. Joking, whatever, you cannot put your hands on my breasts in any joking way.”

Hostin asked her colleagues, “What do you think about the fact that he has come forward and said, ‘I apologize’? Does that make it any better?” Replied Haines, “He still did it.” Goldberg expressed, “He didn’t do it to me. I want to know how [Tweeden] feels [about the apology].” All of the panelists were in agreement in condemning Franken until that point. The tone of the conversation then sharply changed when Behar said, “But what about Trump? His people are saying those people who have accused him are liars.”

That angered McCain, who shot back, “Oh my god, what about Trump? This isn’t about Trump right now, though. Again, we can have conversations about it, but I think the problem is, this is serious. I know her. And when you’re saying, ‘What about Trump, what about Trump,’ right now we’re talking about Leeannn. So I think we should respect this moment.” Behar tried to counter, “The tone has been set with the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape, hasn’t it?” But McCain shot back, “Yeah, and we’re going to be talking about Roy Moore coming up, and this is an epidemic, as we just said, bipartisan, across party lines, culturally in every facet, in your government, in entertainment.”

Hostin tried to back the comedienne up, saying, “But I think Joy’s point is it’s something that we’ve talked about. Do politicians get a pass? We heard the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape and his accusers, 16 of them.” Haines argued, “Everyone got a pass for years and years. That’s why we’re hearing about it now. Victims didn’t have a voice. Now they do, so we’re hearing it from all walks. Everyone got a pass.” Still, Hostin asked, “But how do you get elected the president of the United States?”

As Gossip Cop reported at the time, Franken was on “The View” back in May, during which he bashed President Trump and Jared Kushner. Check out the new video below.

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