Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Sanders apologizes amid new allegation of staff harassment

Sanders apologizes amid new allegation of staff harassment

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders apologized Thursday following multiple allegations of harassment and mistreatment of women by staffers on his 2016 presidential 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".

'We can't just talk about ending sexism and discrimination. "I categorically deny these allegations of improper and unprofessional conduct", wrote Becker in a statement, the alleged behavior is "at odds with my recollection of a late evening filled with many hugs and kisses and tears and conversations about what's next", he said.

The New York Times on January 2 published accounts from women who worked for the campaign complained of sexual harassment and pay disparities.

Todd then said Sanders had the worst start to 2019, especially compared to Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who has already declared her 2020 presidential campaign.

According to Wednesday reports, Jeff Weaver will not lead the potential campaign despite being a longtime member of Sanders' inner circle and managing his 2016 campaign for president.

Sanders had apologised before, albeit not in such a comprehensive fashion. "Our standards and safeguards were inadequate".

"Candidates who allow people like Robert Becker to lead their organizations shouldn't earn the highest office in our government", the woman said. It must be a reality in our daily lives. Later, he grabbed her wrists and head, forcibly kissed her and put his tongue in her mouth, she and other witnesses alleged.

Sanders is one of several Democrats who have announced or are likely to announce a presidential bid. Sen.

"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?"

Friends of Bernie Sanders, the senator's principal campaign committee, told Politico in a statement that "Robert Becker would not be a part of any future campaigns". "To be clear: no one who committed sexual harassment in 2016 would be back if there were a 2020 campaign", and described Becker's conduct as "deplorable and fundamentally unacceptable". 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.

Politico also reported that over a half-dozen staffers who worked with Becker on the 2016 campaign said there was "a pattern of other inappropriate behavior or poor management". He did tout the work done on his 2018 Senate reelection campaign, which "established some of the strongest sexual harassment policies in the country".

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