Musician Kid Rock said in a new interview that former Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenStudy finds misconduct is the top reason CEOs are leaving large companies Hirono electrifies left as Trump antagonist Miss USA pageant winner celebrated for addressing 'Me Too' movement on stage MORE (D-Minn.) shouldn't have resigned over his sexual misconduct scandal, telling CMT that Franken meant the now-viral picture of him appearing to grope Leeann Tweeden as a joke.

In an interview outside his tour venue, Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, said he strongly disagreed with Franken's politics but still thought he got a bad deal.


"I don't like anything about Al Franken or his politics," Ritchie told CMT. "But I'd say that's ridiculous. He's a comedian, he's making a joke."

"I don't think the guy should have resigned over that. As much as I'm glad that he did, politically speaking, I think it was wrong," he added.

Franken resigned last year after an avalanche of his fellow Democrats in the Senate called for his resignation amid multiple accusations from several women that the Minnesota senator groped them without their consent during photo opportunities.

Tweeden was the first woman to accuse Franken of misconduct, saying Franken kissed her and groped her without consent while the two were on a USO tour in 2006.

Ritchie himself was speculated to be considering a Senate run against Michigan Democratic Sen. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowCongress: Support legislation to defend Medicare home health  Dems want climate change, tax hikes in infrastructure deal Critics accuse EPA of weakening pollution rule for Pentagon MORE, but he told fans last year that the rumors and "Kid Rock for Senate" website were a joke.

"Man, it scared the crap out of the Democrats," he told CMT, laughing. "I'm like, 'When should we tell people I'm just joking?' People [were] like, 'You can really win.' I'm like, 'Cut it out.' Like I'm going to give up my day job? C'mon man!"

Franken resigned in December in a defiant floor speech calling out President TrumpDonald John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE to face his own accusers. Franken also targeted then-Senate candidate in Alabama Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreRoy Moore wants judge who ruled against him removed from case The Hill's Morning Report - Lawmakers split over Mueller findings: 'case closed' vs. 'cover-up' Roy Moore 'seriously considering' another Senate bid MORE.

"I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving, while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party," Franken said last month.