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Donald Trump Jr. and Mike Huckabee Try to Mock Al Franken and Are Taken Down by Twitter
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9 Dec 2017 04:48 PM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Donald Trump Jr. (Image Source: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons)

After he was urged to do so, no one was particularly surprised when Al Franken announced he would be resigning, but Donald Trump Jr. and Mike Huckabee doing a victory lap over the news was a bit much.

They both took to Twitter and used the words of Franken's Saturday Night Live character, Stuart Smalley, to openly mock the disgraced senator. But it didn't go as planned for them as Twitter users then turned the tables on the GOP, and the President in particular.

" ... because I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and God-darnit people like me #Franken," wrote Trump Jr.

Lenny Jacobson replied, "3 things you can not say when you look in the mirror ..."

MattDoc added, "Now it's your daddy's turn to resign for the EXACT SAME REASONS," while Angie Brown wrote, "Your father has done and said far worse than Sen. Franken. So yeah, when's your father going to do the right thing and resign. Can't wait to see you all behind bars."

Hayden Perkins pointed out, "Democrats fire harassers. Republicans promote them."

Paul Dickinson replied with Trump's own words from the Access Hollywood tape: "I did try and f---her. She was married. I moved on her like a bi---, but I couldn't get there. And she was married. You know I'm automatically attracted to beautiful. I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet, just kiss. I don't even wait. And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything ... Grab them by the pu---. You can do anything."

Huckabee tried to get in on the fun as well.

"Stunning speech by Franken. Not because he resigned, but lack of contrition or apology was startling. He should have just said, 'I'm good enough; I'm smart enough; but doggone it, people just don't like me anymore,'" he posted.

Patrick Miller commented, "Here ladies and gentleman we see a pot in its natural habitat, calling the kettle black."

OJFL added, "Wait, do not you defend the President everyday? Where is his contrition?"

Curlykerry quipped, "Yeah, Roy Moore's apology was MUCH better ... good call, Mike."

But it's possible all this is jumping the gun a little Perhaps Franken didn't even need to resign.

Tom Arnold is saying that Franken's first accuser, Leeann Tweeden, was manipulated to release that photo and the story. Arnold is friends with Tweeden.

According to him, she has been showing that photo around for the past decade, and Sean Hannity had urged her to go public with it. She only did release it a few weeks back at the urging of Trump supporter John Phillips, her KABC partner, and his friend Roger Stone.

Arnold put the story out there. He said he'd urged Tweeden to use her voice to speak up for all women against predators, but he says she's a "birther." He was disappointed in her, saying Phillips and Stone coached her for weeks to bring Franken down.

"I know every single detail of this political manipulation," he said. "KABC should lose their license. Promoting a fraud is a federal offense and FCC violation."

According to him, the picture was the only truth in the story, and the rest was cooked up by Phillips and Stone.

After Phillips and Stone went public against Arnold, denying any collusion and attacking Arnold's talent, he came back with another statement.

"Just got off the phone with my old friend @LeannTweeden, and here's what I now know," he wrote. "She didn't know Roger Stone was involved until after he tweeted about Franken's 'time in the Barrell' ... Hannity saw the pic in 2007 and begged her to show it, but she wasn't comfortable ...

"She was shocked when I read Roger Stone dirty tricks Franken smear emails. Surprised that folks at KABC shared her Franken story before she did. Never wanted Al fired. Relieved others came forward," his first acknowledgment that she's not Franken's only accuser.

He continued, acknowledging it's possible for two people to have different feelings for a picture and stage kiss. That said, he believes her, saying the picture isn't fake. "Leann's shown it to people for years. Hannity wanted her to share it in 2007. She wasn't comfortable. In 2017 people with bad intentions got involved."

"I'm not defending him," Arnold explained. "I just wanted full disclosure. I always believe the women. There are some bad men trying to take advantage of both Leann and Al on this one."

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