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

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

As Sanders and surrogates explore a 2020 presidential bid, more than a dozen former female and male staffers who worked on the 2016 campaign signed a letter requesting a meeting with Sanders and his leadership team "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".

'It appears as part of our campaign there were some women who were harassed or mistreated.

Sanders does not stand accused of harassing staffers himself, but has been criticized for poorly handling the complaints. And Politico reported that several women on his 2016 campaign signed a letter requesting a meeting with Sanders and his leadership team 'to discuss the issue of sexual violence and harassment on the 2016 campaign'.

He projected more contrition on Thursday, saying that "our standards, our procedures, our safeguards, were clearly inadequate". Bernie Sanders (I-VT), forcibly kissed a female staffer shortly after the Democratic National Convention.

On Thursday morning, after Politico reported that Sanders's former Iowa campaign manager Robert Becker had been named in a $30,000 federal discrimination settlement with two former employees, Sanders told reporters that he thanked the women "from the bottom of my heart for speaking out" and formally apologized to them.

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.

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The New York Times reported on allegations by female Sanders aides of mistreatment by male senior staff.

The woman did not open her mouth then since the campaign was over and she also feared a backlash from Sanders's supporters.

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

"It just really sucks because no one ever held [Becker] accountable and he kept pushing and pushing and seeing how much he could get away with". This can't happen in 2020.

Becker, 50, has denied the allegations.

In a statement responding to the alleged incident and other claims of inappropriate behavior during the 2016 campaign, Becker told Politico, "I categorically deny these allegations of improper and unprofessional conduct".

"I was little bit busy running around the country trying to make the case", Sanders told CNN on January 2. They added: "To be clear: no one who committed sexual harassment in 2016 would be back if there were a 2020 campaign".

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