Former Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., who stepped down from his post this year following allegations of sexual misconduct, was spotted in Washington, D.C., riding public transportation on Friday.
According to Politico, Franken was seen reading a book on D.C.’s Metro. The spotting comes one day after President Trump slammed Franken during a rally in Franken’s home state of Minnesota and claimed he "folded like a wet rag" following allegations of sexual misconduct.
"Boy, did he fold up like a wet rag. Man, man, he was gone so fast," Trump said at the rally. "It was like, 'oh, he did something,' 'oh I resign. I quit.'"
The comments came as Trump has defended his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused by several women of sexual misconduct in recent weeks. The comments also came a day before the #MeToo movement’s first anniversary. The #MeToo movement encouraged women to share their stories of sexual harassment and assault by using the #MeToo hashtag on social media.
Franken stepped down in January after he was accused by radio host Leeann Tweeden of forcefully kissing her when the two were practicing a skit as part of a USO tour in the Middle East in 2006. She also said Franken groped her while she slept on the flight from Afghanistan after the tour ended.
A photo was released that shows the senator, then a comedian, touching Tweeden’s breasts while she was sleeping.
Tina Smith, who previously was Minnesota's lieutenant governor, was selected to replace Franken following his resignation. She will face Republican state Sen. Karin Housley in a special election this year.