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

Sen. Bernie Sanders- FILE JAMES BUCK

Top adviser for Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign accused of forcibly kissing woman staffer

US Senator Bernie Sanders is apologising to women who've shared experiences of harassment by male supervisors while working on his 2016 presidential campaign.

"It now appears that as part of our campaign there were some women who were harassed or mistreated", Sanders wrote in a message he tweeted out Thursday afternoon to his almost 9 million followers.

In a statement sent to VTDigger before Sanders had issued his apology, the senator's primary campaign committee, Friends of Bernie Sanders, said Becker's alleged conduct is "deplorable and fundamentally unacceptable".

'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.

Sanders, apologised in an interview on CNN last week "to any woman who felt that she was not treated appropriately".

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This comes after Politico reported on Thursday that a young woman has accused a former top aide on Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign of forcibly kissing her.

"I categorically deny these allegations of improper and unprofessional conduct", said Becker in a statement. The victim did not formally report the incident at the time, but said she's now coming forward to ensure this doesn't happen again in 2020.

Sanders had apologised before, albeit not in such a comprehensive fashion.

Becker allegedly told a 20-something woman that he had always wanted to have sex with her and made a reference to riding his 'pole, ' the woman and three other people told the news website. "Then he moved his hands to her head and forcibly kissed her, putting his tongue in her mouth as he held her, the woman and other sources said".

But Sanders has refused to take action, she said.

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The campaign of the 2016 presidential election in the U.S. was marred by episodes of sexual misconduct, especially by the then Republican candidate Donald Trump who eventually won the poll to become the president. "That was clearly not the case in 2016".

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"Candidates who allow people like Robert Becker to lead their organizations shouldn't earn the highest office in our government", said the woman.

Politico reported at the end of 2018 that Sanders aides had called a meeting with the senator to discuss allegations of sexual harassment during the campaign in an attempt to mitigate the damage to a potential future candidacy.

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