Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), who on Thursday announced his resignation amid mounting sexual misconduct allegations, is now being called out by his accusers for his “hurtful” speech.
“I'm not celebrating his resignation. It's a lose-lose situation,” Leeann Tweeden, the radio host and former model who first accused Franken of sexual misconduct, told CNN. “I'm not celebrating his resignation, but we also can't tolerate hypocrisy. We can't have our leaders saying one thing and doing another.”
When Tweeden was asked about Franken saying that some of the allegations against him are “simply not true,” she replied, “Can you say seven other women are liars and possibly more? I mean, that's between those women and God, who's lying. He's the one stepping down.”
Lindsay Menz, another woman who came forward alleging Franken groped her buttocks in 2010, told the cable news giant that she was “a little disappointed” by Franken's statement.
“I guess I'm a little disappointed by his statement. Just that he would continue to dismiss and put the allegations down.”
Another accuser named Stephanie Kemplin told CNN that she was disappointed by the speech, adding that it was “very hurtful.”
“He's taking no ownership, and I just feel that he's calling all of us liars,” she added.
Franken didn't specifically offer an apology to the alleged victims during his speech, which lasted over 10 minutes. Instead, he pointed out the “irony” that he's “leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office.”