Bernie Sanders apologizes to female campaign staff who experienced harassment

Elias Hubbard
January 11, 2019

Some of the top advisers to Sanders told Politico that they're working on a meeting between Sanders and those who signed a letter complaining of harassment on the 2016 campaign trail. "I intend in every way to be actively involved in that process", Sanders wrote.

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".

'The allegations that I have heard, that you have heard, speak to unacceptable behavior, that must not be tolerated in any campaign or in any workplace in our country, ' he noted.

"Candidates who allow people like Robert Becker to lead their organizations shouldn't earn the highest office in our government", said the staffer, who asked to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation by Sanders and Becker loyalists. "Our standards and safeguards were inadequate".

On Wednesday, Politico reported that the deputy national field director for Mr Sanders' campaign had forcibly kissed a younger subordinate in 2016.

Sanders said he was not aware of the harassment allegations against his advisor Robert Becker until they were reported in Politico.

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.

'I categorically deny these allegations of improper and unprofessional conduct.' The alleged assault, he wrote in a statement, is 'at odds with my recollection of a late evening filled with many hugs and kisses and tears and conversations about what's next'.

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

In his initial response this month to female campaign aides who had come forward about their harassment, Sanders told CNN he didn't know about the allegations in 2016 because "I was a little bit busy running around the country trying to make the case".

"To be clear: no one who committed sexual harassment in 2016 would be back if there were a 2020 campaign", added the statement.

The New York Times has also reported on multiple claims of mistreatment against female Sanders campaign aides by senior male officials. Add Bernie Sanders as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Bernie Sanders news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

NBC's Chuck Todd excoriated one of the most popular frontrunners for the Democratic nomination to run against President Donald Trump in 2020, and said it was the worst start to a possible campaign.

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

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