Trump Slams 'Wacky' Al Franken: 'Boy Did He Fold Up Like a Wet Rag'

During his "Make America Great Again Rally" in Rochester, Minnesota, President Donald Trump taunted former Minnesota Senator Al Franken for resigning so quickly over allegations of sexual misconduct.

Franken, a Democrat, was elected to the Senate in 2008. In January 2018, he quit after several women came forward to accuse him of sexually inappropriate behavior, such as touching without permission and forced kisses.

He apologized in a statement and admitted he may have “crossed a line for some women…I feel terribly that I've made some women feel badly and for that I am so sorry, and I want to make sure that never happens again.”

Speaking at the rally on Thursday night, Trump praised Karin Housley, the Republican candidate for the Senate in the upcoming midterms, and took aim at her Democratic rival Tina Smith, the former Minnesota lieutenant governor who replaced Franken when he quit.

“So Karin is running against a far-left Democrat, Tina Smith, who nobody knows who the hell she is. Who is she?” Trump told supporters.

“She was appointed. She took a wacky guy’s place. That guy was, he was wacky. Boy did he fold up like a wet rag, huh? Man, he was gone so fast. He was gone so fast—I don’t want to mention Al Franken’s name, OK, so I won’t mention it.

“He was gone so fast. It was like, ‘Oh he did something, oh, oh, oh, I resign, I quit, I quit. Wow. He was gone, and he was replaced by somebody that nobody ever heard of. Her name is Tina Smith. Honestly, I do this stuff for a living and I’m not sure I ever heard of her and I need her vote.”

At a recent rally in Southhaven, Mississippi, Trump mocked a woman making allegations of sexual assault against his nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor from California, accused Kavanaugh of drunkenly forcing himself on her at a high school party in the early 1980s, groping her as he tried to remove her bathing suit and holding his hand over her mouth to stop her screaming before she escaped.

Kavanaugh denies the allegations. They both gave testimonies to the Senate Judiciary Committee and the FBI has investigated the allegations which threaten to derail Kavanaugh’s confirmation. The Senate will vote and is finely balanced.   

In Southhaven, Trump derided Ford’s memory about the incident. “What neighborhood was it in?" Trump asked the crowd as he imitated Ford. "I don't know. Where's the house?' I don't know. Upstairs, downstairs, where was it?' I don't know, but I had one beer. That's the only thing I remember. And a man's life is in tatters."

One of Ford’s lawyers, Michael Bromwich, called Trump's comments a "vicious, vile and soulless attack" on his client. “Is it any wonder that she was terrified to come forward, and that other sexual assault survivors are as well?” Bromwich tweeted. “She is a remarkable profile in courage. He is a profile in cowardice.”

President Donald Trump Minnesota President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota, on October 4. During the rally, Trump taunted former Minnesota senator Al Franken about the sexual misconduct allegations against him. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

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