Sanders apologises after new harassment allegation surfaces

Sanders Apologizes for Harassment Among 2016 Campaign Staff

"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.

The allegations came after dozens of 2016 Sanders campaign staffers, both men and women, signed a letter requesting a meeting with Sanders "to discuss the issue of sexual violence and harassment on the 2016 campaign, for the objective of planning to mitigate the issue in the upcoming presidential cycle". He has said he had been unaware of the alleged harassment and mistreatment of his aides during the campaign.

Politico also reported that over a half-dozen staffers who worked with Becker on the 2016 campaign said there was "a pattern of other inappropriate behavior or poor management". "What they experienced was absolutely unacceptable and certainly not what a progressive campaign or any campaign should be about", Sanders said.

Sanders's comments on Thursday were more direct and conciliatory that his initial responses to reports of the allegations.

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

Sanders, 77, is an independent who ran for the Democratic nomination in 2016.

Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) found himself again apologizing to women who worked on his 2016 presidential campaign.

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Becker has denied any wrongdoing.

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According to POLITICO, Mr. Becker "oversaw Sanders' Iowa campaign, then helped lead his efforts in Michigan, California and NY as deputy national field director" and has reportedly started calling former staffers to prep for Sanders' potential 2020 run over the past few months.

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.

"I categorically deny these allegations of improper and unprofessional conduct", Becker said, adding that the alleged assault is "at odds with my recollection of a late evening filled with many hugs and kisses and tears and conversations about what's next". They added: "To be clear: no one who committed sexual harassment in 2016 would be back if there were a 2020 campaign". "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".

Asked about the accusation, Friends of Bernie Sanders, the senator's main campaign committee, told Politico that "Robert Becker would not be part of any future campaigns". Other organizations, like the Illinois Anti-Harassment, Equality and Access Panel and the Campaign Workers Guild labor union, have centered their work around sexual misconduct in campaigns.

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