Franken unexpectedly gives kudos to Trump


Sen. Al Franken was the unlikely source of praise for the way President Trump approaches certain issues, acknowledging that the President has a knack for getting Americans to unite in agreement.

“Every once in a while, he hit something — you know, when he said in South Carolina that George W. Bush lied us into the war. Remember how shocked everyone was that someone would say that in a Republican debate in South Carolina, a military state? Everyone said yeah,” Franken said on MSNBC on Sunday, recalling his campaign.

“They saw someone who was the opposite of Hillary. They saw someone who was going to tear everything apart. They were so sick of establishment Democrats, or just the establishment. Remember, he beat 16 other Republicans who seemed like pretty conventional politicians,” Franken pointed out.

The liberal lawmaker also acknowledged Mr. Trump’s tweet earlier Monday that said former President Barack Obama didn’t do anything about Russia’s meddling because he expected Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to win.

“I do think they thought Hillary would win, and they didn’t want to appear putting thumb on the scale, and that’s why they didn’t do more. I wish they had obviously,” said Franken, echoing the sentiments of other Democratic lawmakers when asked why they thought Obama had such a mild reaction to news that the Russians were actually meddling in the U.S. election.

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