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Former Hillary Clinton Staffer: Al Franken’s Sexual Assault Was ‘Benign’

"At the other end of the have Al Franken, and you have more benign behavior," Zerlina Maxwell said on Friday.

By NTK Staff | 11.17.2017 @3:38pm

Zerlina Maxwell, a former staffer for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, said that Sen. Al Franken’s (D-MN) sexual assault of Leeann Tweeden was “benign behavior.” Maxwell also appeared to defend former President Bill Clinton’s sexual misconduct.

Craig Melvin asked Maxwell if we should be talking about Bill Clinton right now amid all these sexual assault allegations.

“No, I don’t think we should talk about Bill Clinton. There were plenty of feminists at the time those allegations were happening that we’re having this conversation right now, but at the time, we weren’t really listening to feminists. We thought they were sort of outliers,” Maxwell said.

Melvin interjected that it sounded as tough Maxwell was giving a Bill Clinton a pass.

“I’m not giving him a pass. I’m saying the reason we’re having this conversation about Bill Clinton and presidents is because the current president has been accused by over a dozen women of inappropriate sexual behavior,” Maxwell responded.

“I think, you know, we need to understand this in sort of a more comprehensive way. It’s a spectrum of behavior,” Maxwell continued. “On the one end of the spectrum, the more severe end, is the Harvey Weinstein’s of the world, Bill Cosby’s of the world, Roy Moore, right?”

“And at the other end of the spectrum, you have street harassment, and you have Al Franken, and you have more benign behaviors that are traumatizing to women but are not necessarily criminal,” Maxwell concluded. “So, I think we have to understand that all women have these experiences. All women have been victims of harassment but at different ends of the spectrum.”

Maxwell was formerly the Director of Progressive Media for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

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