We’re sure Senator Al Franken wants to save his job and his reputation, but this excuse and new “statement” denying sexual assault allegations is just… pathetic.
As we’ve been reporting, several women have come forward to accuse the Senator from Minnesota of unwanted touching and groping at various points throughout his political career, and it’s what he’s now saying in response that is raising some eyebrows.
On Thanksgiving Day, Franken released a full statement responding to the women that have accused him of unwanted touching.
Here is his supremely sketchy and bizarre statement (below):
“I’ve met tens of thousands of people and taken thousands of photographs, often in crowded and chaotic situations. I’m a warm person; I hug people. I’ve learned from recent stories that in some of those encounters, I crossed a line for some women ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ and I know that any number is too many. … Some women have found my greetings or embraces for a hug or photo inappropriate, and I respect their feelings about that. I’ve thought a lot in recent days about how that could happen, and recognize that I need to be much more careful and sensitive in these situations.”
Uh… what? You’re a warm person, and you hug people? Do you GROPE them when you hug?!
What a bizarre, lame excuse of behavior — especially behavior that sounds like, gee, there might be a pattern here. Come on, Franken!!!
Thoughts, Perezcious readers?!
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