Bernie Sanders apologizes to female campaign staff who experienced harassment

Sanders Apologizes for Harassment Among 2016 Campaign Staff

Sanders Apologizes for Harassment Among 2016 Campaign Staff

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 objective of planning to mitigate the issue in the upcoming presidential cycle", Politico reported.

The Vermont independent says alleged misconduct by male aides "was absolutely unacceptable and certainly not what a progressive campaign or any campaign should be about". "We can't just talk about ending sexism and discrimination".

Sanders' new apology comes after Politico reported on an allegation a female campaign staffer made against Robert Becker, who oversaw Sanders' Iowa campaign and other operations.

Over two dozen 2016 campaign staff alumni wrote a letter seeking a meeting with Sanders 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". He has said he had been unaware of the alleged harassment and mistreatment of his aides during the campaign.

The woman did not report the incident at the time since the campaign was finished but has come forward now as Becker has been involved with potential 2020 groundwork.

During an unrelated event on Capitol Hill Thursday, Sanders told reporters that he had not been aware of the $30,000 settlement, according to the Post.

"Our standards, our procedures, our safeguards, were clearly inadequate, " Sanders said.

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The campaign of the 2016 presidential election in the United States was marred by episodes of sexual misconduct, especially by the then Republican candidate Donald Trump who eventually won the poll to become the president. It must be a reality in our daily lives. It was also reported by Politico that Becker, 50 then, had told the young woman in front of other people that he always wanted to have sex with her.

Becker traveled to SC - the first-in-the-South primary state - in December for meetings with former Sanders campaign staffers, CNBC previously reported.

It has been reported that Weaver's decisions around complaints of sexual misconduct was troublesome and that there was no clear path for complaints to be made, according to the New York Times.

"Last month, Sen. Sanders said grassroots support would determine whether or not he decides to run for president again", Winnie Wong, co-founder of the People for Bernie, said in a statement, "We are here, and we are ready to support him all the way to finish line". "I was a little bit busy running around the country trying to make the case", Sanders said last week during a CNN interview.

"Robert Becker would not be a part of any future campaigns", the group said in a statement.

Allegations of sexual harassment on the 2016 Sanders campaign have been an issue for the potential 2020 candidate in recent weeks.

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