Al Franken has given a response to the accusation that he kissed model and sportscaster Leeann Tweeden against her will. However, it is not one that really seems to express true concern on the matter.
Just got a response from @alfranken: "I certainly don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann. As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn't. I shouldn't have done it."
— Asher Klein (@kleinstar) November 16, 2017
That’s… not a response. That’s a shrug. He shrugged using words. You can visibly see the shrug he gave as he originally heard Tweeden’s story.
That’s a horrifying reaction to the accusations Tweeden made against him, but it’s clear that Franken doesn’t see anything wrong with what he did.
“It was supposed to be funny” and “I shouldn’t have done it”? That’s not at all how you address that issue. “I don’t remember it that way” is a phrase that I am shocked wasn’t followed by the “but whatever. My bad.” it so clearly implies.
He’s going to have to do better.