Al Franken: It's time to start taking Trump 'literally'
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Former Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenTake Trump literally and seriously in Minnesota Ninth woman accuses Al Franken of inappropriate contact Al Franken to host SiriusXM radio show MORE (D-Minn.) tweeted Monday that it's time for people to start taking President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? 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 SandersWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio New study: Full-scale 'Medicare for All' costs trillion over 10 years MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio New study: Full-scale 'Medicare for All' costs trillion over 10 years MORE (D-Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Warren leads in speaking time during debate 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.