Joy Behar Says Photo of Al Franken Groping Woman Was a ‘Sophomoric Joke’ and He’s a ‘Gentleman’

“View” host Joy Behar defended disgraced former Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) Wednesday, calling a photo of him appearing to grope radio anchor Leeann Tweeden as she slept a “sophomoric joke.” She insisted he was a “gentleman.”

“Right after Al Franken attacked … Jeff Sessions,” Behar claimed, “he suddenly became the target of the right wing, to get him out of office, and then Gilligrand, Gillibrand—is that her name? She was out to get him also, and the Democrats decided, ‘Oh, we’re going to take the high road,’ and they basically lost a really good senator, in my opinion.”

Franken was forced to resign after being accused of groping multiple women. Leeann Tweeden provided photographic evidence of former Sen. Franken appearing to grope her as she slept in November. She also said Franken forcibly kissed her, an incident Franken says he remembers differently.

“That was a sophomoric joke by a comedian,” Behar said dismissively of the photo. “In a time when he didn’t know he was going to become a senator. He was fooling around. He was a comic. And, to his credit, he said, ‘She didn’t have any ability to consent. She had every right to feel violated by that photo.’”

“So he’s a gentleman, and he took the hit,” Behar concluded. “Now, can we please move on and get the great senator back, and get rid of the president.”

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