Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Bernie Sanders apologizes to women harassed during his campaign

Bernie Sanders apologizes to women harassed during his campaign

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday apologized to women who allege they were sexually harassed while working on his 2016 presidential campaign. "I intend in every way to be actively involved in that process", Sanders wrote.

"I'm not going to sit here and tell you we did everything right in terms of human resources", said Sanders.

Politico had previously reported "that a 20-something female staffer said she was forcibly kissed by a top Sanders adviser at a bar in Philadelphia on the final night of the Democratic National Convention".

Becker has since denied the allegations. Bernie Sanders continues to take hits over allegations of sexual misconduct during the 2016 campaign, supporters of the Vermont independent are planning almost 400 events across all 50 states Saturday to back another White House run.

The woman did not formally report the incident at the time, but was prompted to speak out after Becker, who is reportedly not on Sanders' payroll, "has been calling potential staffers and traveling to early primary states to prepare for another presidential run - activities that Sanders' top aides did not endorse, but did not disavow, either".

Former campaign staffers wrote a letter to the senator in December to request a meeting with him and his advisers about "the issue of sexual violence and harassment on the 2016 campaign" in order to "mitigate the issue in the upcoming presidential cycle".

Mr Sanders' Twitter apology comes after he said sorry on CNN last week "to any woman who felt that she was not treated appropriately". "Our standards and safeguards were inadequate", Sanders said in a statement posted to social media.


He was criticised for saying he was "a little bit busy running around the country, trying to make the case" for his presidency, and was not aware of the allegations.

Sanders said his 2018 Senate re-election campaign instituted "some of the strongest sexual harassment policies in the country".

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Asked about the accusation, Friends of Bernie Sanders, the senator's main campaign committee, told Politico that "Robert Becker would not be part of any future campaigns".

"We are addressing what happened on the Bernie campaign but as people that work in this space we see that all campaigns are extremely unsafe to women and marginalized people and we are attempting to fix that", the campaign staffers wrote.

NBC's Chuck Todd excoriated one of the most popular frontrunners for the Democratic nomination to run against President Donald Trump in 2020, and said it was the worst start to a possible campaign.

Several other high-profile former and current lawmakers have been embroiled in sexual harassment allegations against their aides.

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