Bill Maher during the Friday airing of his HBO show, “Real Time With Bill Maher,” had much to say about controversy swirling around Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and allegations of sexual assault levied against him by broadcaster Leeann Tweeden.
What did he say?
Maher in a monologue acknowledged Tweeden’s accusations, and admitted that because Franken did a “bad thing,” he was deserving of the criticism and condemnation he’s received as a result of the accusations.
“Al’s a friend, but Al, I got to tell you,” Maher said. “If you write a comedy sketch where you, Al Franken, kiss a model and her next line of dialogue isn’t ‘Get off of me, creepy!’ it’s not comedy, it’s science fiction.”
Despite his jokes about Franken’s comedy sketch, Maher, however, apparently didn’t think it was fair for his friend to be “lumped in” with others facing allegations of sexual misconduct, including GOP senate nominee Roy Moore, film mogul Harvey Weinstein, President Donald Trump, and actor Kevin Spacey.
“What [Franken] doesn’t deserve is to be lumped in with Roy Moore,” Maher explained. “Or Kevin Spacey! Or Harvey Weinstein! Or Donald Trump!”
He added, “Trump called his accusers liars, threatened to sue them, did long riffs at his rallies where he’d say they were too ugly for him to assault. Plus, with Al Franken we’re talking about one incident. Trump has 16 accusers. Roy Moore has nine.”