Al Franken: It's time to start taking Trump 'literally'
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Former Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenNative American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment Reid says he wishes Franken would run for Senate again Al Franken urges Trump to give new speech after shootings: 'Try to make it sound like you're sincere, even if you're not' MORE (D-Minn.) tweeted Monday that it's time for people to start taking President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump 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 SandersTop Sanders adviser: Warren isn't competing for 'same pool of voters' Eight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Top aide Jeff Weaver lays out Sanders's path to victory MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTop Sanders adviser: Warren isn't competing for 'same pool of voters' Eight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall In shift, top CEOs say shareholder value not top goal MORE (D-Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisEight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters 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.