Amid a media tour rife with missteps regarding his own troubled history with sexual misconduct claims, former President Bill Clinton opted to defend another Democratic politician whose career was upended by such a scandal.
While he continued to support the #MeToo movement “in general,” Clinton said in an interview this week that former Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., was “a difficult case, a hard case.”
He referred to a letter of support for the “Saturday Night Live” alum by women associated with the NBC sketch comedy show.
“There may be things I don’t know,” Clinton acknowledged. “But maybe I’m just an old-fashioned person, but it seemed to me that there were 29 women on ‘Saturday Night Live’ that put out a statement for him, and that the first and most fantastic was called, I believe, into question.”
The former president was apparently referencing accuser Leeann Tweeden, who came forward with a photograph showing Franken in a compromising pose as she slept. She also said the comedian forced himself on her and gave her a kiss.
Franken has denied recollection of her depiction of their interactions. In any case, Clinton said the senator’s perceived need to step down from elected office was “a grievous thing.”