WASHINGTON - While he has remained mostly silent as allegations of sexual misconduct have plagued U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore in Alabama and divided his own party, President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Thursday night to denounce Sen. Al Franken.
Sen. Franken, the Democratic senator from Minnesota, is facing a storm of criticism and a likely ethics investigation after a Los Angeles radio anchor accused him Thursday of forcibly kissing her and groping her during a 2006 USO tour.
"The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words," Trump tweeted.
Franken apologized, but the criticism grew through the day. Fellow Democrats swiftly condemned his actions, mindful of the current climate as well as the prospect of political blowback.
Republicans, still forced to answer for the multiple allegations facing Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, joined in pressing for an investigation. Franken said he would welcome it.
Leeann Tweeden posted her allegations, including a photo of Franken and her, on the website of KABC, where she works as a news anchor for a morning radio show.
President Trump has been deflecting questions about whether Moore should quit the race after two women accused Moore of sexual misconduct when they were ages 14 and 16 and he was in his 30s. Others said Moore attempted to date them as teens.
The White House said Thursday that President Trump believes the voters of Alabama should decide Moore's fate. The special election is Dec. 12. Moore's Democratic opponent is Doug Jones.
The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps? .....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 17, 2017
.And to think that just last week he was lecturing anyone who would listen about sexual harassment and respect for women. Lesley Stahl tape?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 17, 2017
Information taken from the Associated Press and FoxNews.com.