Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Sanders apologizes after new harassment allegation surfaces

Sanders apologizes after new harassment allegation surfaces

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday apologized to women who have shared experiences of harassment by male supervisors while working on his 2016 USA presidential campaign. Earlier Thursday, reports surfaced that a top aide was accused of sexually assaulting a female subordinate.

"I thank them, from the bottom of my heart, for speaking out", Sanders wrote in a statement. Our standards, our procedures, our safeguards were clearly inadequate, ' he added.

He apologized "to any woman who felt that she was not treated appropriately, and of course if I run, we will do better next time", but went on to say that he was unaware of the allegations because he "was a little bit busy running around the country trying to make the case".

The response comes less than 24 hours after Politico published a piece detailing accusations that one of Sanders's top advisers had forcibly kissed a subordinate woman in her 20s, and one week after the New York Times reported allegations from almost a dozen former campaign workers who say they were harassed and that their claims went ignored.

Becker has since denied the allegations.

Later that even, Becker allegedly approached the woman, grabbed her wrists, and forcibly kissed her.

Still, the misstep has caused some analysts to question whether Sanders is the candidate Democrats should run against President Donald Trump in 2020.

Robert Becker, who was the Iowa state director for Sen.

The allegations have cast a shadow on Sanders' potential 2020 run in a likely crowded field of Democratic contenders.

"It just really sucks because no one ever held him accountable and he kept pushing and pushing and seeing how much he could get away with", she added.

"This can't happen in 2020", the woman said in Politico. "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", the woman continued.

Hillary Clinton officially secured the Democratic presidential nomination over Sanders at the convention. Sanders denied knowing about the settlement to reporters.

Amid speculation that Sanders could seek the White House again, the progressive senator has faced fallout as broader sexual harassment complaints stemming from the 2016 bid have come to light in recent weeks.

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.

At the time the woman, who was in her 20s and wishes to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation from supporters of Sanders and Becker, chose not to report the incident because the campaign was over. Sanders had issued an apology and said he wasn't aware of the incidents at the time.

"I'm not going to sit here and tell you we did everything right in terms of human resources", said Sanders.

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