Published: Fri, January 11, 2019

Bernie Sanders apologizes amid new harassment allegations against staffers

Bernie Sanders apologizes amid new harassment allegations against staffers

Bernie Sanders's 2016 presidential campaign has been accused of sexual misconduct against a female staffer. "I intend in every way to be actively involved in that process", Sanders wrote. 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.

He continued, "The allegations speak to unacceptable behavior that must not be tolerated in any campaign or workplace".

"To the women in that campaign who were harassed or mistreated I apologize. Our standards and safeguards were inadequate".

Robert Becker, the former Iowa state director for Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign, allegedly made several inappropriate comments to a younger, female subordinates before he forcibly kissed her while at a bar with other staffers following the Democratic National Convention, Politico reported earlier Thursday.

Becker denies the allegation.

Sanders says he was unaware of Becker's alleged behaviour.

At the time the woman, who was in her 20s and wishes to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation from supporters of Sanders and Becker, chose not to report the incident because the campaign was over.

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


Sanders has not personally been the focus of any of the accusations.

Mr Sanders' Twitter apology comes after he said sorry on CNN last week "to any woman who felt that she was not treated appropriately".

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.

"Bernie Sanders is facing backlash after new allegations of sexual harassment against one of his former top campaign aides", Todd explained. He outlined what steps his 2018 Senate re-election campaign had taken to prevent sexual harassment, including training on the issue for all employees.

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

"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.

Sanders himself has not yet made a decision on whether or not he will run for President in 2020, but released an e-mail late a year ago with the subject line "If I Run".

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