Kid Rock isn’t one to shy away from discussing any topic in any forum and it’s one of the things that we respect about him. So it’s no surprise that when he was approached by CMT to comment on Senator Al Franken’s recent resignation after allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior starting with TV host Leeann Tweeden, the rock star spoke freely.
Fox News obtained footage of the interview and, in it, 47-year-old Bobby Ritchie who performs under the name Kid Rock, says, “I don’t like anything about Al Franken or his politics, but I’d say that’s ridiculous [that he resigned]. He’s a comedian. He’s making a joke like this with Leeann Tweeden who I know, who I’ve been on USO tours with. Lovely girl.”
He goes on to say, “I don’t think the guy should have resigned over that. As much as I’m glad that he did, politically speaking, I think it was wrong.”
Sen. Franken announced he was stepping away from the political arena after Tweeden alleged that he forcibly kissed her while rehearsing a skit for a USO tour in 2006. The gesture that Kid Rock refers to in the video is taken from a photograph where the senator appeared to be placing his hands over the breasts of the sleeping Leeann.
Following that accusation, several other women stepped up with their own stories alleging sexual misconduct from Franken, and while the former “Saturday Night Live” cast member stated that he had met so many people that he could not remember those specific incidents, he still resigned from his political post.
In his resignation speech, shared on CNN, Franken said, “A couple months ago, I felt that we had entered an important moment in the history of this country. We were finally beginning to listen to women about the ways in which men’s actions affect them. The moment was long overdue. I was excited for that conversation and hopeful that it would result in real change that made life better for women all across the country and in every part of our society. Then the conversation turned to me. Over the last few weeks, a number of women have come forward to talk about how they felt my actions had affected them. I was shocked. I was upset. But in responding to their claims, I also wanted to be respectful of that broader conversation, because all women deserve to be heard and their experiences taken seriously. I think that was the right thing to do. I also think it gave some people the false impression that I was admitting to doing things that, in fact, I haven’t done. Some of the allegations against me are simply not true. Others I remember very differently.”
He also said, “I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of the sexual assault sits in the Oval Office and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party,” referring to former Senate hopeful and judge Roy Moore of Alabama.
Franked announced his resignation in December, and it was made official in early January.
Kid Rock also joked about his own prank political run in 2017, saying, “Man, it scared the crap out of the Democrats. I’m like, ‘When should we tell people I’m just joking?’ People were like, ‘You can really win.’ I’m like, ‘Cut it out.’ Like I’m going to give up my day job.”