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2020? Franken’s Kathy Griffin Flip the First Misstep in a Possible White House Run

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN)’s rollout of his new book could have been dominated by talk of a possible presidential run in 2020. Instead, he flip-flopped on standing with comedian Kathy Griffin.

Al Franken

If this week was supposed to test the waters for a possible presidential run from Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) in 2020, consider it a failed mission.

Franken cancelled a scheduled July event with Kathy Griffin on Thursday night, completing a full flip on supporting the controversial comedian, after she held up a beheaded President Trump in a widely-panned photo shoot.

Politico has more on Franken’s flip:

“I believe what Kathy Griffin did was inappropriate and not something that should 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.”

Earlier this week, Franken stood by Griffin despite the controversy swirling around her. The provocative comedian was forced to apologize after she held up a severed Trump head during a photo shoot.

Republicans and Democrats alike condemned the photo shoot. But Franken refused to cancel an event with her until Thursday.

Earlier this week, glowing features in Rolling Stone and the Los Angeles Times mentioned Franken as a possible 2020 challenger to Trump. It appears the only flip-flop bigger than Franken’s on Griffin this week is the Minnesota senator’s stock as a presidential candidate.