Bernie Sanders Apologizes to Women Who Were Allegedly Harassed During His Campaign

Bernie Sanders at a George Washington University event in Washington

Bernie Sanders apologized Thursday for "unacceptable" sexual harassment that occurred on his 2016 presidential campaign, directly addressing an issue that could weigh on the senator's potential 2020 White House bid.

A top aide for Bernie Sanders is being accused of sexual misconduct during his time in the Vermont senator's 2016 presidential campaign.

"When we talk about ending sexism, and ending all forms of discrimination, those beliefs can not just be words, " Sanders said.

Sanders' comments follow a Politico report that a former Sanders adviser, Robert Becker, had assaulted a female subordinate.

Becker denied the allegations saying they were "at odds with my recollection of a late evening filled with many hugs and kisses and tears and conversations about what's next".

Bernie Sanders's 2016 presidential campaign has been accused of sexual misconduct against a female staffer.

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 that male members of his campaign had harassed and discriminated against female campaign workers have been circulating for weeks as the senator weighs a potential second presidential run.

"I was little bit busy running around the country trying to make the case", Sanders told CNN on January 2. Our standards, our procedures, our safeguards were clearly inadequate, ' he added. It must be a reality in our daily lives.

The People for Bernie Sanders and Organizing for Bernie, political action committees unaffiliated with a possible Sanders campaign, announced on Thursday that the 400 events prove there is already "an army of community led organizers already ramped up to put him miles ahead of other candidates in the 2020 race".

Later that even, Becker allegedly approached the woman, grabbed her wrists, and forcibly kissed her. "You can't run for president of the United States unless you acknowledge that every campaign demands a safe work environment for every employee and volunteer", she added.

CNN reported on Wednesday that Jeff Weaver, the longtime Sanders confidant and 2016 campaign manager, will not return to the role he held in 2016 should Sanders chose to run again, and Friends of Bernie Sanders confirmed this to VTDigger. "I apologize", he said. Additionally, numerous women have complained they were paid less than men and forced into inappropriate and uncomfortable situations, according to The New York Times.

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

"Yes, I was a little bit busy running around the country trynna make the case", he said when asked if he had missed the harassment on his campaign.

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