December 7, 2017
Al Franken: Hollywood Weighs In On Possible Resignation; Tom Arnold Says Franken Accuser Was “Manipulated”
Refresh for updates With beleaguered Sen. Al Franken set to answer the will-he-won’t-he question today at 11:45 am ET, Hollywood seems more divided over the issue than even Franken’s Senate compadres. While a critical mass of fellow Democrats are demanding Franken’s resignation, some celebrities and TV pundits aren’t so sure.
“I hope this is fake news,” tweeted Rosie O’Donnell, in all caps, about Franken’s expected resignation. Said singer-turned-activist Clay Aiken, “Democrats are sitting there in the Senate thinking that by forcing Franken to resign, they are taking a stand and showing Democrats have a zero tolerance for sexual harassment. That will NOT be the lesson learned here.”
See all tweets below.
“The Dems are always ready to dump one of their own,” tweeted Bette Midler. “The GOP stand behind every child molester and every harasser, including POTUS. As unpleasant as it is to face, that’s political suicide.”
But none of the comments are as pointed (or lengthy) as a string of tweets by actor Tom Arnold, who says that his friend Leeann Tweeden – the first of Franken’s accusers, whose photo of Franken smirkingly miming a breast grope – has been “manipulated” by Roger Stone, among others, for political purposes, and that he has proof that Tweeden’s story was used as “part of a larger smear campaign against Franken. “It’s a disservice to victims,” Arnold tweeted, using the #MeToo hashtag (Arnold has said he molested as a child).
After first Arnold suggested that Tweeden was somehow in on the Stone plan, but then tweeted that he had spoken to Tweeden and that she did not know the “people with bad intentions” who got involved in the reveal of her claims. (See Arnold’s tweets at bottom of this post).
Here’s a sampling of Hollywood & Beltway opinions on Franken’s resignation. Refresh for updates…