Sen. Al Franken says he will no longer appear with Kathy Griffin to promote his new book, after initially standing by her amid the fallout over her photoshoot featuring a mock decapitated President Trump.
Franken, D-Minn., and Griffin were slated to appear together July 7 in Beverly Hills to promote his new book Giant of the Senate.
Franken had said Wednesday that after Griffin apologized and asked for forgiveness, he still intended to appear with her.
"I think she did the right thing asking for forgiveness and acknowledging that this is a horrible mistake, so I think she can," Franken said Wednesday.
But after hearing from constituents, Franken said Friday he has decided against the two appearing together.
"After hearing from many Minnesotans who were rightfully offended, I've come to the conclusion that it would be best for her not to participate in the event we had previously scheduled. I understand why Minnesotans were upset by this, and I take that very seriously," Franken told Politico.
Franken, a former "Saturday Night Live" performer, said he still considers Griffin a friend and is glad that she apologized after realizing that she had "crossed the line."
The liberal senator is up for re-election in 2020 in a state that Hillary Clinton won by only 45,000 votes.