Senator Bernie Sanders apologized for women who were sexually harassed by his presidential campaign in 2016 and thanked them "from the bottom of my heart for pronouncing & # 39;
& # 39; It appears that as part of our campaign there were a number of women who were harassed or abused. And I thank them for expressing from the bottom of my heart. What they experienced was absolutely unacceptable and certainly not what a progressive campaign or campaign should be, "he said Thursday on Capitol Hill.
The allegations that I have heard, which you have heard, speak of unacceptable behavior, which should not be tolerated in a campaign or at a workplace in our country, & # 39; he remarked.
Senator Bernie Sanders apologized to women in his 2016 who were bothered by intimidation
Several women who worked on Sanders & # 39; 2016 have complained about intimidation
I apologize to the women in our campaign who were harassed or mistreated. Our standards, our procedures, our guarantees were clearly inadequate, "he added.
He also tweeted an apology and a statement.
& # 39; We can not only talk about ending sexism and discrimination. It must be a reality in our daily lives. That was clearly not the case in 2016, "he wrote.
Sanders has been on the defensive since the New York Times reported that several women reported episodes of sexual harassment, humiliating treatment and differences in pay in his 2016 campaign. And Politico reported that several women signed a letter in their 2016 campaign calling for a meeting with Sanders and his leadership team to discuss the issue of sexual violence and intimidation over the 2016 campaign. & # 39;
The reports raised questions about the feasibility of a possible 2020 campaign, its progressive credibility and its credibility with women, who are a power in the Democratic Party.
Sanders' new apology comes after Politico reported an allegation that a female campaign executive was against Robert Becker, who oversaw the Sanders & # 39; Iowa and other operations.
Sanders told reporters at Capitol Hill that he was not aware of Becker's alleged misconduct. Vermont's senator also said that he was unaware of a reported settlement of $ 30,000, to which Becker had been added to resolve a discrimination claim against his 2016 campaign.
Becker reportedly reportedly told a 20-year-old woman that he had always wanted to have sex with her and made a reference to his & post ;, the woman and three other people told the news website.
Even later, Becker reportedly approached the woman, grabbed her wrists, and forcibly kissed her.
The woman, who asked for anonymity to prevent possible retaliation, did not report the incident when Sander's campaign ended.
Sander's apology follows new allegations from a female staff member about intimidation from a Sanders advisor in 2016
Sanders also twittered an apology
But Becker, who is not on Sanders payroll, has called in the past few months potential staff members and has traveled to early primary states in steps seen as preparation for a 2020 campaign.
So she told senior Sanders consultants, including campaign manager Jeff Weaver 2016, what happened.
Becker denied the accusations against Politico.
& # 39; I categorically deny these claims of inappropriate and unprofessional behavior. & # 39; The alleged attack, he wrote in a statement, is at odds with my memory of a late night filled with many hugs and kisses and tears and conversations about what the future offers. & # 39;
Friends of Bernie Sanders, Sanders' main campaign, told Politico in a statement: "Robert Becker would not be part of future campaigns." The campaign added: "For clarity, no one who committed sexual harassment in 2016 would be back if there was a campaign for 2020" and described Becker's behavior as "regrettable" and fundamentally unacceptable & # 39 ;.
Weaver, meanwhile confirmed to CNN, that he will not be Sanders' campaign leader if the Vermont senator again makes a presidential bid in 2020.
Weaver said his position in the campaign will change, most likely as a senior strategic advisor.