Bernie Sanders Apologizes to Women Who Were Harassed on His 2016 Campaign

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2019

"To the women in our campaign who were harassed or mistreated, I apologize", Sanders said during a news conference on Capitol Hill, "Our standards, our procedures, out safeguards were clearly inadequate".

He thanked the women who did come forward with complaints of sexual misconduct and ensured that his 2018 Senate re-election campaign had "established some of the strongest sexual harassment policies in the country".

Senator Bernie Sanders apologized Thursday to women who said they were subjected to sexual harassment or misconduct while working for his 2016 presidential campaign. The Vermont senator also said he wasn't aware of a reported $30,000 settlement Becker was named in to resolve a discrimination claim against his 2016 campaign. However, to the women who were allegedly harassed, he said that "what they experienced was absolutely unacceptable and certainly not what a progressive campaign, or any campaign, should be about".

In a Tweet early Thursday afternoon, Sanders issued an apology. And Sanders has been lambasted for what many say was a tone deaf and inept response to the allegations.

Senator Bernie Sanders has apologised to female staff members on his 2016 U.S. presidential campaign who allege they were mistreated by male aides.

Becker, 50, has denied the allegations.

The Vermont independent, who caucuses with Democrats, is among dozens of potential candidates mulling a 2020 bid against President Trump. She was granted anonymity, because she feared retaliation from supporters of both Becker and Sanders, according to Politico.

"It just really sucks because no one ever held [Becker] accountable and he kept pushing and pushing and seeing how much he could get away with".

"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?"

The woman made a decision to go public when Becker contacted her about a potential place in Sanders' possible 2020 campaign for president.

Sanders' principal campaign committee, Friends of Bernie Sanders, called Becker's alleged conduct "deplorable and fundamentally unacceptable" and announced that Becker "would not be a part of any future campaigns".

Becker has denied the allegations against him, telling Politico: "I categorically deny these allegations of improper and unprofessional conduct", saying the alleged assault is "at odds with my recollection of a late evening filled with many hugs and kisses and tears and conversations about what's next".

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.

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