Bernie Sanders apologizes to female campaign staff who experienced harassment

Bernie Sanders apologizes to female campaign staff who experienced harassment

Bernie Sanders continues to take hits over allegations of sexual misconduct during the 2016 campaign, supporters of the Vermont independent are planning almost 400 events across all 50 states Saturday to back another White House run.

On Thursday afternoon, Sanders released a statement on Twitter, admitting that "there were some women who were harassed or mistreated".

As detailed in a report from POLITICO published on Wednesday, top Sanders advisor Robert Becker is accused of forcibly kissing the female staffer, who is reportedly in her 20s and has remained anonymous out of fear of retribution from Sanders supporters.

The unaffiliated Senator from Vermont - who ran as a Democrat in 2016 - has been on the defensive for weeks while he mulls another presidential bid, as several former campaign staffers have made allegations of sexual misconduct and pay disparity.

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

Sanders denied having any knowledge of a $30,000 federal discrimination settlement from the 2016 campaign, reported by Politico, involving two former staffers and tied to Becker, who denied the allegations in a text to CNN.

Later that even, Becker allegedly approached the woman, grabbed her wrists, and forcibly kissed her.

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While his competitors are visiting early-voting states and scoping out potential campaign headquarters, Sanders spent Thursday apologizing for the behaviour of a handful of 2016 campaign workers and looking for a new staffers for his 2020 operation should he run.

"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". This can't happen in 2020.

"Every woman in this country who goes to work today or tomorrow has the right to make sure that she is working in an environment that is free of harassment, which is safe and which is comfortable".

She called on Sanders to "take the rare step of setting up an independent investigation into the 2016 allegations".

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.

As recently as last month, Becker was in SC organizing meetings with former staffers, the Washington Post reported. But he also apologized to "any woman who felt that she was not treated appropriately", adding that if he does decide to run again he would "do better".

"Clearly we need a cultural revolution in this country to change workplace attitudes and behavior".

Once a Sanders supporter, the accuser now says the senator is unfit for the Oval Office.

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