Musician Kid Rock said in a new interview that former Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenGillibrand defends her call for Franken to resign Gillibrand: Aide who claimed sexual harassment was 'believed' Kirsten Gillibrand officially announces White House run 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 StabenowChris Evans talks NATO, Marvel secrets on Capitol Hill Overnight Health Care: Senators grill drug execs over high prices | Progressive Dems unveil Medicare for all bill | House Dems to subpoena Trump officials over family separations Senators grill drug execs over high prices 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 TrumpCummings says Ivanka Trump not preserving all official communications Property is a fundamental right that is now being threatened 25 states could see severe flooding in coming weeks, scientists say MORE to face his own accusers. Franken also targeted then-Senate candidate in Alabama Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreRoy Moore says he's 'seriously considering' 2020 Senate bid Doug Jones: Trump unintentionally giving 'green light' to hate crimes GOP candidate welcomes Roy Moore to enter Alabama Senate primary 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.