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Stephen Colbert goes after Al Franken over claim Franken said 'it's my right' to forcibly kiss women

CBS‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.’
  • During Wednesday night’s “Late Show” monologue, Stephen Colbert mocked Al Franken for the latest sexual-misconduct allegation made against the Minnesota senator.
  • Colbert referred to a Politico report in which a woman accused Franken of trying to forcibly kiss her in 2006 and saying “It’s my right as an entertainer.”
  • Franken resigned Thursday after losing support from a large number of Democratic senators.

Stephen Colbert on Wednesday night addressed the latest sexual-misconduct allegations against Sen. Al Franken and the movement of congressional Democrats calling on Franken to resign from his seat.

“It seems like every day a new man is being accused of sexual misconduct,” Colbert said during his “Late Show” monologue. “But not today. Today it’s the same man.”

The “Late Show” host pointed to a Politico report published Wednesday in which a former congressional aide said Franken tried to forcibly kiss her after a taping of his radio show in 2006, before he was a senator. She said that when she avoided the kiss, Franken responded by saying, “It’s my right as an entertainer.”

“No, it isn’t – I’m an entertainer, and I happen to always carry a copy of the Bill of Rights for Entertainers,” Colbert said, pulling out a small notebook. He joked that entertainers had the right to skip the line at airports and Disneyland as part of a list of advantages that excludes sexual misconduct.

“Franken says this allegation is categorically not true, but this accusation appears to be the straw that groped the camel’s back,” Colbert added. He then cut to a news clip showing the growing list of more than 30 Democratic senators who had called on Franken to resign, which he did in a news conference Thursday afternoon.

“Do I hear 31? 32? Sold! To make room for the gentleman from Alabama!” Colbert joked, a reference to the sexual-assault allegations against Roy Moore, the Senate candidate whose support among Republicans has grown recently.

Watch the segment below:

This article was updated after Al Franken announced his resignation.

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