Sen. Bernie Sanders apologized Thursday following multiple reports of women who were sexually harassed or assaulted during his 2016 presidential aide. Earlier Thursday, reports surfaced that a top aide was accused of sexually assaulting a female subordinate.
“To the women in that campaign who were harassed or mistreated I apologize. Our standards and safeguards were inadequate,” Sanders said in a statement posted to social media.
He thanked the women who did come forward with complaints of sexual misconduct and ensured that his 2018 Senate re-election campaign had “established some of the strongest sexual harassment policies in the country.”
To the women on my 2016 campaign who were harassed or mistreated, thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for speaking out. I apologize.
We can't just talk about ending sexism and discrimination. It must be a reality in our daily lives. That was clearly not the case in 2016. pic.twitter.com/eJtCAGjHZu
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 10, 2019
Robert Becker, the former Iowa state director for Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, allegedly made several inappropriate comments to a younger, female subordinates before he forcibly kissed her while at a bar with other staffers following the Democratic National Convention, Politico reported earlier Thursday.
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