Musician Kid Rock said in a new interview that 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.) 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 StabenowUSDA cuts payments promised to researchers as agency uproots to Kansas City USDA eases relocation timeline as researchers flee agency USDA office move may have broken law, watchdog says 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 Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president MORE to face his own accusers. Franken also targeted then-Senate candidate in Alabama Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreGOP Senate candidate 'pissed off' at Trump over health care for veterans Durbin says he has second thoughts about asking for Franken's resignation Alabama GOP senate candidate says 'homosexual activities' have ruined TV, country's moral core 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.