Hollywood Reacts to Al Franken Resignation: ‘Dark Day for America’

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Celebrities took to social media Thursday to react to Sen. Al Franken’s (D-MN) announcement that he would resign from the Senate in the coming weeks after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct.

Some stars, including actor Tom Arnold and actress Alyssa Milano, appeared to express disappointment that Franken was resigning. Arnold claimed that Franken’s first accuser, journalist Leeann Tweeden, had been “coached” to bring the senator down, while Milano called attention to previous allegations against Donald Trump.

Other celebrities like Mark Ruffalo and Patton Oswalt appeared to be satisfied with Franken’s resignation.

“This is what character and humility looks like,” comedian Oswalt tweeted.

Franken announced Thursday that he would resign from the Senate “in the coming weeks,” as eight women have come forward to accuse the Minnesota lawmaker and former Saturday Night Live star of sexual misconduct. Franken had faced calls on Wednesday from dozens of his fellow lawmakers to step down.

“A couple months ago I felt that we had entered an important moment in the history of this country. We finally listened to women… then the conversation turned to me,” Franken said.

“I also think that it gave some people the false impression that I did things I have not done,” he added. “Some things aren’t true, while others I remember very differently.”

Below, find Hollywood’s reaction to Franken’s resignation announcement.




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