President Trump made fun of former Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., during a rally in the disgraced lawmaker's home state and said he "folded like a wet rag" following accusations of sexual assault.
While encouraging the crowd to vote for Republican candidate Karin Housley, who is running against Sen. Tina Smith, a Democrat, Trump took shots at Franken.
"She was appointed — she took a wacky guy's place. That guy was — he was wacky. Boy, did he fold up like a wet rag. Man, he was gone so fast," Trump told attendees at the rally in Rochester, Minn.
"I don't want to mention Al Franken's name, OK, so I won't. He was gone — he was gone so fast. It was like, 'Oh, he did something.' 'Oh, I resign. I quit. I quit,'" said Trump. "He was gone and he was replaced with somebody that nobody'd every heard of. Her name was Tina Smith. Honestly, you know I do this stuff for a living and I'm not sure I ever heard of her, and I need her vote."
When Trump called Housley to the stage, she ribbed Trump for talking about her Democratic opponent more than he name-dropped her.
"He said Tina Smith way too many times. We need to say Karin Housley a lot more," said Housley.
Franken resigned from office in January after Leeann Tweeden, a radio host, claimed he forced himself on her while they were visiting troops in Afghanistan in 2006. Other women also came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct.
Smith, then Minnesota's lieutenant governor, was tapped by the governor to serve for Franken until a special election takes place in November.