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CNN: Accusers Rip Franken's 'Hypocritical' Resignation Speech

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By    |   Thursday, 07 Dec 2017 05:22 PM

Some of the women who accused Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., of sexual misconduct said Thursday they thought his defiant resignation speech Thursday was disappointing and "hypocritical," CNN reported.

Los Angeles morning radio host Leeann Tweeden, who first accused Franken of groping her during a 2006 USO tour — and posted a damning photo on Twitter – told the outlet, "I'm not celebrating his resignation."

"It's a lose-lose situation," she said, CNN reported. "I'm not celebrating his resignation, but we also can't tolerate hypocrisy. We can't have our leaders saying one thing and doing another."

Noting seven other women subsequently came forward with allegations of Franken's misconduct, Tweeden said it is "between those women and God, who's lying. He's the one stepping down."

Army veteran Stephanie Kemplin, who accused Franken of groping her at a 2003 USO tour photo shoot, told CNN Franken's speech on the Senate floor was "very hurtful."

"He's taking no ownership, and I just feel that he's calling all of us liars," she told the outlet.

Another accuser, Lindsay Menz, also said she was "a little disappointed" by Franken's remarks and he would "continue to dismiss and put the allegations down."

"I just feel bad that this is our culture," she told CNN. "I feel bad that we've allowed men to behave this way. . . . I feel sad that he has to leave a job he's passionate about."

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Sen. Al Franken's, D-Minn., defiant resignation speech Thursday was disappointing and "hypocritical," some of his accusers told CNN.
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