Twitter calls for Al Franken's resignation amid accusations of groping

People online are calling upon Democratic Sen. Al Franken (Minn.) to resign after a reporter on Thursday accused him of forcibly kissing and groping her without consent in 2006.

Leeann Tweeden, a Los Angeles-based radio host, said the politician "aggressively" kissed her during a rehearsal of a skit while she was on a USO tour and later posed for a photo with his hands on her breasts while she was sleeping on a plane.

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Tweeden took to KABC to post the allegations, including a photo of the groping incident, saying that she felt "belittled" and "humiliated."

The senator apologized in a statement later Thursday, saying that he didn't recall the rehearsal but also acknowledged that the photo "wasn't" funny.

Despite his apologetic statement, however, the outcry has been immediate on Twitter, with many users -- Republicans and Democrats alike -- denouncing the senator in varying degrees of critical language and calling for his resignation. 

"Franken should resign because what he did was wrong, unethical and possibly criminal. I'm a democrat but wrong is wrong," one user tweeted, while another posted: "I'm a Democrat but the more I see the photo, @alfranken should resign. There is no excuse for violating a woman."

Another tweeted: "If you call for Moore to drop out or be expelled, then you should also call for Franken to resign or be expelled."

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People are calling upon Al Franken's resignation amid accusations of groping
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People are calling upon Al Franken's resignation amid accusations of groping
Senator Al Franken (D-MN) watches Supreme Court nominee judge Neil Gorsuch testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington March 21, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Senator Franken’s behavior is disgusting. He should resign from the U.S. Senate.
@axomamma @carmen_allgood @jerweber @samstein "If he resigns, Trump resigns. Otherwise, he stays." Advocating anyt…
@sofain I dont like moore and he should just disappear . But with this photographic proof of what franken did, he needs to resign.
@kupajo333 @realDonaldTrump I agree AL Franken should resign or be removed from office
@seanhannity Al Franken is a Pig! He's a rapist who assults women! He put his ugly, slimy, stinky tongue into the v…
@jeff_ruff I agree. Franken, Moore, and Trump should all resign
@SenJohnMcCain And Al Franken should resign immediately. We should do an in depth investigation into Your past, see…
Yeah, my belief that Franken should resign doesn’t gloss over this obvious difference. It underscores it.
@ChrisSalcedoTX @GOP Just read the victim’s account. I say Franken should resign.
@thehill I think Al Franken should resign, Liberals are not like the conservatives who vote for sexual assaulter. I…
@Lrihendry @kf9ug EVERY member of Congress should be DEMANDING that Franken RESIGN immediately! @SenFranken
@FoxNews @brookefoxnews What are they wanting to investigate? Franken already has admitted guilt and there a video…
Fav tweet: Al Franken should resign. Roy Moore should drop out. Bill Clinton should stop talking. And we should el…
@argylestyle .#AlFranken “pretending” to grab her boobs? How about gagging her with that slimy reptilian tongue. Yo…
@KirstenPowers If you call for Moore to drop out or be expelled, then you should also call for Franken to resign or be expelled
@seanhannity @realDonaldTrump This evidence on the internet today should be enough. Sen. Al Franken needs to go. C…
Al Franken, Roy Moore, and Donald Trump should all resign
@Travelerrd @cnni Ha. Too funny. Franken should resign right after Trump does.

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