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

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Per the outlet, top Sanders "aides did not endorse, but did not disavow, either".

'To the women in our campaign who were harassed or mistreated, I apologize.

In his statement Thursday, Sanders admitted his 2016 campaign's "standards and safeguards were inadequate".

Politico reported late Wednesday that Robert Becker - who oversaw Sanders' 2016 Iowa campaign, then helped lead his efforts in Michigan, California and NY as deputy national field director - allegedly approached a 20-year-old campaign staffer, grabbed her wrists and forcibly kissed her, "putting his tongue in her mouth as he held her".

The People for Bernie Sanders and Organizing for Bernie, political action committees unaffiliated with a possible Sanders campaign, announced on Thursday that the 400 events prove there is already "an army of community led organizers already ramped up to put him miles ahead of other candidates in the 2020 race". "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 accounts of harassment from women who worked on his last campaign threaten to tarnish his image as a progressive and come at a time when female voters are central to the Democratic Party's strategy for defeating President Donald Trump.

"It just really sucks, because no one ever held him accountable". 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. "You can't run for president of the United States unless you acknowledge that every campaign demands a safe work environment for every employee and volunteer", she added. The allegation, he wrote, is "at odds with my recollection of a late evening filled with many hugs and kisses and tears and conversations about what's next".

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

Over two dozen Sanders alumni signed the letter, in which they noted a culture of what they called toxic masculinity was common throughout the campaign world, Politico reported.

His apology comes as he contemplates another White House bid under the Democratic banner in 2020.

Robert Becker - who managed Sanders' Iowa, Michigan, New York and California primary battles - allegedly approached the 20-year-old staffer at the Philadelphia bar in July 2016 and made lewd comments, according to Politico.

It has been reported that Weaver's decisions around complaints of sexual misconduct was troublesome and that there was no clear path for complaints to be made, according to the New York Times.

"Clearly we need a cultural revolution in this country to change workplace attitudes and behavior".

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