Franken not canceling Kathy Griffin event despite pushback

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Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) says he still plans to appear at an event with Kathy Griffin despite outrage over the comic posing with a fake decapitated head resembling President Trump.

“Yes,” Franken told CNN’s “New Day” when asked if he plans on appearing with Griffin in July.

“I think she did the right thing,” Franken added of Griffin’s apology. “I think asking for forgiveness and acknowledging that this, this was a horrible mistake.”

{mosads}The senator and the comedian are scheduled to appear at a July 7 event in in Beverley Hills, Calif.

Minnesota GOP Chairman Jennifer Carnahan on Tuesday said that Franken should scrap the appearance over Griffin’s “deeply disturbing and disconcerting” picture.

“I am calling on Senator Al Franken to cancel the controversial event he has planned with Kathy Griffin on July 7th in Los Angeles,” she wrote on Facebook. “This is no place for this political discourse or lack of human decency.”

Griffin on Tuesday apologized after widespread backlash over a controversial image of her holding a severed head similar to Trump.

“I sincerely apologize,” she said in a video on Twitter. “I went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people, it wasn’t funny, I get it. I made a mistake and I was wrong.”

Griffin on Tuesday initially defended photographer Tyler Shields’s picture of her, arguing she was “merely mocking the Mocker in Chief” and does not condone violence.

The comedian joked with Shields in a behind-the-scenes video of their photo shoot released by TMZ Tuesday about the image’s ramifications.

“We have to move to Mexico today because we’re going to go to prison,” she said.

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