Al Franken Dishes on the Night Trumpcare Was Defeated

Promoting his new book “Giant of the Senate,” Minnesota Senator Al Franken reminded the country of his comedy chops during his Tuesday night appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."


Colbert noted the senator’s transformation from a writer poking fun at politicians to a politician himself. “I made fun of the people who deserved it—Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly,” Franken mused. “[O’Reilly] and Fox sued me and it was just a misunderstanding. Bill O’Reilly didn’t understand that satire is protected speech in the United States, even if the subject of the satire doesn’t get it.”

Franken also dished on the night Trumpcare was defeated on the Senate floor. To Colbert's surprise, the Minnesota senator admitted bipartisanship is not, in fact, impossible.

“I like working with my Republican colleagues,” he said.

When Colbert asked if any senators have a sense of humor, Franken admitted “a lot of my colleagues are fun, and that’s how I bond with them,” and named South Carolina senators Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham, to name a few. 

Franken also gave it up for the “American people who showed up at town halls and made their voices heard," earning a triumphant "No" to the Affordable Care Act “skinny repeal.”

“The American people stood up and they deserve this victory,” he said.

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