Al Franken Speaks Out About Kathy Griffin Photo, But It’s Not What You Might Expect

Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testify before the Senate Judicary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill May 8, 2017 in Washington, DC. Before being was fired by U.S. President Donald Trump, Yates testified that she had warned the White House about contacts between former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and Russia that might make him vulnerable to blackmail.

Democratic Senator and former fellow comedian Al Franken does not think there is anything funny about the recent decision of comedian Kathy Griffin to pose with a replica severed head of President Donald Trump.

Griffin has faced widespread criticisms for the photo with Franken specifically calling it “inappropriate.”

Per Politico:

“Sen. Franken thinks Kathy Griffin is a talented comedian and respects her right to free speech, but believes this image was inappropriate and not the kind of thing that should be part of our national discourse,” said Michael Dale-Stein, a spokesman for the Minnesota Democrat.

Though Franken admits the photo was insensitive, he still plans to attend his upcoming scheduled event with the comedian:

Franken and Griffin are scheduled to appear at an event promoting his new book, “Giant of the Senate,” in July that starts at $50 a ticket. Franken said on CNN Wednesday morning that he still plans to appear at the event with Griffin.

Griffin is a large contributor to the Democratic Party, specifically donating to Franken and several other candidates:

Griffin has also donated thousands of dollars to Franken and other Democratic politicians over the year, according to FEC records. She donated to the campaigns of Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada in 2016 as well as Democratic Senate candidates Deborah Ross of North Carolina and Katie McGinty of Pennsylvania, who both lost last year.