Bernie Sanders Apologizes to Women Who Were Harassed on His 2016 Campaign

Blanche Robertson
January 11, 2019

While Sanders is reportedly becoming more serious by the day about forging a second White House bid to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020, dozens of women and men who worked on the his 2016 presidential campaign have signed a letter requesting a meeting with the Vermont senator and his top political advisers "to discuss the issue of sexual violence and harassment on the 2016 campaign, for the objective of planning to mitigate the issue in the upcoming presidential cycle", Politico reported.

Kat Brezler, the other co-founder of the People for Bernie Sanders, said in a statement that part of coming together in support of a Sanders 2020 campaign would be to discuss best practices moving forward and to learn from past mistakes on campaigns.

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

"To women in our campaign who were harassed or mistreated, I apologize", Sanders said.

"I am very proud of the 2016 presidential campaign we ran, and of the staff and volunteers who made our successes possible", Sanders said in the statement posted to Twitter. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), forcibly kissed a female staffer shortly after the Democratic National Convention.

Earlier this month, former women staffers told the New York Times that, while working on Sanders' first campaign, they experienced "sexual harassment and demeaning treatment, as well as pay disparity" problems - and that there was no one to turn to for help.

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Becker has since denied the allegations. A recent report by the New York Times recounts further allegations made by female campaign staffers against some of their male colleagues. Sanders denied knowing about the settlement to reporters.

"Speaking generally about 2016, was it too male? Yes". Definitely, and we share deeply in the urgency to make the necessary changes. They claimed that, when they detailed those concerns to campaign superiors, they were sometimes ignored, and in one case, laughed off. "That there was a failure pains me very much", Weaver added.

Hillary Clinton officially secured the Democratic presidential nomination over Sanders at the convention. Bernie Sanders at the Henderson Pavilion in this February 20, 2016 file in Henderson, Nev.

Sen. Sanders addressed the allegations on CNN in a manner that some regarded as dismissive. But Jeff Weaver, who ran Sanders' 2016 campaign, stressed then that Becker was not doing so in an official capacity as he "doesn't work for the campaign because there is no campaign".

According to POLITICO, Mr. Becker "oversaw Sanders' Iowa campaign, then helped lead his efforts in Michigan, California and NY as deputy national field director" and has reportedly started calling former staffers to prep for Sanders' potential 2020 run over the past few months.

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