Al Franken recants apology over rape joke

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In his recently published memoir, Al Franken admitted that his apology for a rape joke about Lesley Stahl he told as a writer for SNL in 1994 was politically driven.

“To say I was sorry for writing a joke was to sell out my career, to sell out who I’d been my entire life,” Franken wrote in his book, which came out May 30th.

The joke itself better have been funny in person, because it is a crude read. “I give the pills to Lesley Stahl. Then, when Lesley’s passed out, I take her to the closet and rape her. When she passes out, I put her in various positions and take pictures of her,” Franken joked while working as a writer for SNL.

But in a competitive race for Minnesota’s Senate seat against Republican incumbent Norm Coleman in 2008, Franken learned some women were offended by his joke, and he needed every voter he could get.

“I learned that campaigns have their own rules, their (sic) own laws of physics, and that if I wasn’t willing to accept that, I would never get to be a senator,” Franken said.

Franken defeated Coleman by a stark 300 votes. He’s also had rumors swirl about a possible presidential run.

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