MSNBC’s Matthews Comes Up With ‘Best’ Excuse Yet to Defend Al Franken — It’s a Doozy

Democrats condemned Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) on Thursday over sexual abuse allegations by a former model and radio show host.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) joined Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in calling for an ethics investigation, while multiple Hollywood celebrities called on Franken to resign.

Then, there was MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.

During a segment of “Hardball” on Friday, Matthews chose to use the Franken story to slam President Donald Trump.

Matthews focused on the now-infamous image that started the ball rolling against Franken, tweeted by accuser Leeann Tweeden:

As Matthews sees it, Franken was simply “satirizing” Tweeden.

“I don’t know where to start here. […] You know, the way the president played this was so gross.

It wasn’t like he said there’s the guy caught in a terribly embarrassing and awful manner satirizing, he’s touching this woman for a picture-taking thing while she’s asleep. …

Then he suggested this Bill Cosby allegation that he’s groping her. … He outgrosses Al Franken by a mile in his own imagination.”

Oddly, Tweeden didn’t see it as “satirizing.” Nor did she see her allegation that Franken “aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth” during a “practice” kiss for the USO tour bit as “satirizing,” either.

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Matthews’s description of Trump’s comments about Franken being “gross” stemmed from Trump’s tweets after the story broke.

Referring to Franken as “Al Frankenstien” [sic], Trump tweeted:

Trump’s allusion to CBS’s Lesley Stahl was in reference to a 1995 New York Magazine interview, in which Franken joked about proposing a “Saturday Night Live” skit in which Stahl would be drugged and raped.

Apparently, another effort by Franken at “satirizing.”

Video of Matthews’s comments is below.

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