Leeann Tweeden Gets Emotional in Powerful Interview With Jake Tapper

Since coming forward with her sexual misconduct claims against Sen. Al Franken (D-MI) early Thursday morning, Los Angeles radio news anchor Leeann Tweeden has fulfilled a host of media obligations. From her regular morning drive show, to a press conference, to a Thursday afternoon CNN interview with Jake Tapper, the emotional nature of the whirlwind day appeared to be taking its toll during the latter appearance.

“I just want to go home,” Tweeden told Tapper on The Lead. “I have a two-year-old and a four-year-old, and I just want to hug my babies and my husband. That’s all.”

Tapper followed up with a reference to Tweeden’s children.

“The world that you’re making for your children, for your 2-year-old and 4-year-old you realize that you are making it better for them,” Tapper said.

Tweeden, at that point, began to tear up.

“You want to set examples and you want the world to be better for your kids,” Tweeden said. “You want to leave it better than what you had it…And maybe I am. You know, I didn’t look at it that way. But maybe I am. And if I am, okay. I’ll take it.”

Tapper also asked about people trying to make Tweeden’s claims partisan. The news anchor blasted anyone doing so.

“Disgusting,” Tweeden said. “How can you take sides when there’s right and when there’s wrong?”

Watch above, via CNN.

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