WASHINGTON — President Trump let loose with an attack on Sen. Al Franken late Thursday night, attacking the senator for a recently unearthed photograph showing him appearing to fondle the breasts of a fellow entertainer on a military tour.
"The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words," Trump tweeted. "Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps?"
The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps? .....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 17, 2017
Leeann Tweeden, a Los Angeles television host and sportscaster, revealed Thursday that Franken had taken the photo of her while they were on a 2006 USO tour to entertain U.S. troops. She also wrote that Franken — who would be elected Senator from Minnesota two years later — "put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth" during a rehearsal.
Trump also accused Franken of hypocrisy, saying "just last week he was lecturing anyone who would listen about sexual harassment and respect for women."
And then he alluded to a "Lesley Stahl tape," referring to a 1995 interview with New York Magazine in which Franken — then a writer for Saturday Night Live — discussed a purported skit that involved drugging and raping the CBS News reporter.
.And to think that just last week he was lecturing anyone who would listen about sexual harassment and respect for women. Lesley Stahl tape?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 17, 2017
That interview was the subject of discussion by Fox News' prime-time lineup on Thursday.
The attack against Franken was striking because Trump has remained largely silent about allegations of sexual assault by Roy Moore, the Alabama senate candidate accused of making sexual advances on girls as young as 14 dating back to the 1970s.
Franken is a Democrat. Moore is a Republican.
Earlier Thursday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump would leave it to Alabama voters to decide Moore's fate.