Bernie Sanders apologizes to 2016 campaign aides who complained of sexual harassment

Bernie Sanders apologizes to 2016 campaign aides who complained of sexual harassment

Last week, amid multiple reports detailing allegations of sexual harassment and pay disparities during the 2016 campaign, Sanders offered a public apology to "any woman who felt that she was not treated appropriately".

Sanders said he was not aware of the harassment allegations against his advisor Robert Becker until they were reported in Politico.

In a statement, Becker denied the alleged incident and other claims of inappropriate behavior.

The woman did not report the incident at the time, but was prompted to when Becker took on another prominent role in Sanders' 2020 efforts, shoring up potential staffers - including his alleged victim - and making trips to the early voting states.

"Candidates who allow people like Robert Becker to lead their organizations shouldn't earn the highest office in our government", the woman said.

"It just really sucks because no one ever held him accountable and he kept pushing and pushing and seeing how much he could get away with", the woman told Politico.

"This can't happen in 2020", the woman said in Politico.

"Boy is that a tough answer to defend, of course", responded Todd, "because if you're running to be the president of the United States, If you can't manage a campaign how do you manage a country?" Sanders denied knowing about the settlement to reporters.

Allegations that male members of his campaign had harassed and discriminated against female campaign workers have been circulating for weeks as the senator weighs a potential second presidential run. "I apologize", Sanders tweeted on Thursday. The Sanders camp, though, has said he's not on the payroll.

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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.

The woman did not open her mouth then since the campaign was over and she also feared a backlash from Sanders's supporters. What they experienced was absolutely unacceptable and certainly not what a progressive campaign or any campaign should be about, ' he said Thursday on Capitol Hill.

"To be clear: No one who committed sexual harassment in 2016 would be back if there were a 2020 campaign", the group added. "That was clearly not the case in 2016".

Kat Brezler, the other co-founder of the People for Bernie Sanders, said in a statement that part of coming together in support of a Sanders 2020 campaign would be to discuss best practices moving forward and to learn from past mistakes on campaigns.

But he said that his 2018 Senate re-election campaign had "established some of the strongest sexual harassment policies in the country", giving employees access to contact an independent human resources firm to voice their concerns.

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