Bernie Sanders Apologizes To Female Staffers Sexually Harassed During His 2016 Campaign

Bernie Sanders Apologizes To Female Staffers Sexually Harassed During His 2016 Campaign

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 goal of planning to mitigate the issue in the upcoming presidential cycle", Politico reported.

Sanders was forced to respond to accusations reported by Politico that his campaign floor manager had forcibly kissed a 20-year-old campaign worker after making sexual suggestions to her.

Becker grabbed the same woman's wrists later in the night, then moved his hands to her head and forcibly kissed her, putting his tongue in her mouth, according to the woman and other sources.

"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 reports of harassment are raising questions about whether Sanders can launch a second presidential campaign. Earlier Thursday, reports surfaced that a top aide was accused of sexually assaulting a female subordinate.

The accuser said she did not alert higher-ups on the campaign team about the incident due to the campaign being over.

Once a Sanders supporter, the accuser now says the senator is unfit for the Oval Office. This can't happen in 2020.

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Becker has been conducting unaffiliated Sanders campaign work in recent months, which included calling potential staffers and traveling to early primary states to prepare for a possible presidential run.

Several other high-profile former and current lawmakers have been embroiled in sexual harassment allegations against their aides.

The Vermont independent said on Capitol Hill that the alleged misconduct by male aides "was absolutely unacceptable and certainly not what a progressive campaign or any campaign should be about".

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

He thanked the women who did come forward with complaints of sexual misconduct and ensured that his 2018 Senate re-election campaign had "established some of the strongest sexual harassment policies in the country".

Hillary Clinton officially secured the Democratic presidential nomination over Sanders at the convention.

Weaver told CNN Wednesday that he thinks he would be useful to a Sanders 2020 campaign as "a strategic adviser that needs to deal with some of the 30,000-foot issues as opposed to the management of a day-to-day campaign".

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