Franken distances himself from Griffin after Trump photos provoke outcry

Sen. Al Franken is distancing himself from fellow comedian Kathy Griffin after images posted on Tuesday depicted Griffin holding a faux decapitated head of President Donald Trump.

"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.

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. It is not clear whether that event will take place after Griffin’s inflammatory image was posted on Tuesday.

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.

Griffin apologized for the uproar created by the decapitation photo on Tuesday evening, and said she went "too far" and the images will be taken down.


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