Franken backtracks, cancels event with comedian Griffin after Trump photo controversy

Sen. Al Franken has reversed himself and decided "it would be best" for Kathy Griffin not to attend an event that the Minnesota senator had scheduled with comedian for July.

The Democratic senator had said on Wednesday that he would still hold an event with Griffin on July 7 in California, even after publicly distancing himself from an image showing Griffin with a faux beheaded President Donald Trump.

But Franken said on Thursday evening that he’d changed his mind regarding the event promoting his new book, "Giant of the Senate."

"I believe what Kathy Griffin did was inappropriate and not something that should be be anywhere in our national discourse. I consider her a friend and I’m glad she realized she crossed the line and apologized," Franken said.

He added, "After hearing from many Minnesotans who were rightfully offended, I’ve come to the conclusion that it would be best for her not to participate in the event we had previously scheduled. I understand why Minnesotans were upset by this, and I take that very seriously."

Griffin apologized for participating in the image and asked for its removal earlier this week. She’s been a contributor to the campaigns of Franken and other Democratic politicians, although Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced plans this week to donate the $1,000 received from Griffin to charity.

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