Bernie Sanders apologizes to women harassed during his campaign
Bernie Sanders apologizes to women harassed during his campaign
Sanders Apologizes for Harassment Among 2016 Campaign Staff
11 January, 2019, 17:08
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Allegations of sexual misconduct and an "untenable and unsafe dynamic that developed during [the Sanders] campaign" have dogged the Vermont senator in recent weeks, according to Politico.
"Candidates who allow people like Robert Becker to lead their organizations shouldn't earn the highest office in our government", she said in a statement.
But Becker, who is not on Sanders' payroll, has been calling potential staffers and traveling to early primary states over the past several months in moves seen as preparing for a 2020 campaign.
More than two dozen former staffers recently sent a letter to Sanders and his aides, seeking a meeting regarding the "sexual violence and harassment on the 2016 campaign" ahead of another bid for the presidency.
The New York Times also has detailed allegations of unwanted sexual advances and pay inequity on Sanders' 2016 campaign.
"I was little bit busy running around the country trying to make the case", Sanders told CNN on January 2.
On Thursday afternoon, Sanders released a statement on Twitter, admitting that "there were some women who were harassed or mistreated". "I apologize", he said. It must be a reality in our daily lives.
Amid speculation that Sanders could seek the White House again, the progressive senator has faced fallout as broader sexual harassment complaints stemming from the 2016 bid have come to light in recent weeks. The New York Times reported last week that a Latino outreach strategist for the campaign complained to a supervisor that she had been harassed by a campaign surrogate.
He continued, "To the women in that campaign who were harassed or mistreated I apologize".
"Yes, I was a little bit busy running around the country trynna make the case", he said when asked if he had missed the harassment on his campaign.
While Sanders is reportedly becoming more serious by the day about forging a second White House bid to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020, dozens of women and men who worked on the his 2016 presidential campaign have signed a letter requesting a meeting with the Vermont senator and his top political advisers "to discuss the issue of sexual violence and harassment on the 2016 campaign, for the goal of planning to mitigate the issue in the upcoming presidential cycle", Politico reported. Earlier Thursday, reports surfaced that a top aide was accused of sexually assaulting a female subordinate.
"We are addressing what happened on the Bernie campaign but as people that work in this space we see that all campaigns are extremely risky to women and marginalized people and we are attempting to fix that", the campaign staffers wrote.
This spotlight on the 2016 campaign has not left Sanders' inner circle unscathed.
Sanders again Thursday denied knowledge of the alleged harassment, but top officials from his campaign have acknowledged that the gender make-up of any future campaign would need to look sufficiently different to address systemic sexism.
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