Al Franken: It's time to start taking Trump 'literally'
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Former Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenCNN publishes first Al Franken op-ed since resignation Political world mourns loss of comedian Jerry Stiller Maher to Tara Reade on timing of sexual assault allegation: 'Why wait until Biden is our only hope?' MORE (D-Minn.) tweeted Monday that it's time for people to start taking President TrumpDonald John TrumpProgressive group launches M pro-Biden ad buy targeting young voters Ilhan Omar: GOP response to calls for police reform 'was vicious' White House considers sweeping travel ban on members, families of the Chinese Communist Party: report MORE “literally.”

“It's time to stop taking Trump seriously and to start taking him literally,” Franken tweeted Monday afternoon, referencing a 2016 column in The Atlantic by Salena Zito arguing that the press takes Trump “literally, but not seriously” while his supporters take him “seriously, but not literally.”

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The tweet was the former senator’s first in about two weeks that was not simply a link to his podcast, and comes as Trump is under fire for a series of tweets telling four progressive congresswomen to “go back to” other countries, although three were born in the U.S. and all are American citizens.

Numerous Democratic figures, including presidential candidates such as Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersProgressive group launches M pro-Biden ad buy targeting young voters Trump attacks Biden clean energy plan while announcing environmental rollback Car on fire near Supreme Court MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHow a progressive populist appears to have toppled Engel Battle brewing on coronavirus relief oversight Progressive Mondaire Jones wins NY primary to replace Nita Lowey MORE (D-Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisMost in new poll say Biden running mate won't influence their vote Hillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok Senators raise concerns over Facebook's civil rights audit MORE (D-Calif.), have condemned the tweets as racist.

Franken, who was elected in 2008, resigned in 2018 amid sexual harassment allegations from eight women. He has remained active on the social media platform since leaving the Senate.