Here’s What That Top Sanders Adviser Is Accused Of Doing

Frederick Owens
January 13, 2019

"To the women in our campaign who were harassed or mistreated I apologize", Sanders said at a news conference Thursday.

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 goal of planning to mitigate the issue in the upcoming presidential cycle". But when Becker contacted her again for a potential rerun for Sanders in the 2020 election campaign, she came out strongly over the incident.

As 77-year-old Sanders explores another presidential bid, several reports came out last week about several women supporters of Sanders who suffered in a hyper-masculine atmosphere during the 2016 campaign.

"Clearly we need a cultural revolution in this country to change workplace attitudes and behavior", Sanders wrote on Thursday.

The Vermont independent said on Capitol Hill that the alleged misconduct by male aides "was absolutely unacceptable and certainly not what a progressive campaign or any campaign should be about".

Sanders had apologized before, albeit not in such a comprehensive fashion.

Sanders said he was unaware of the alleged behavior happening during his campaign because he was "a little busy" running for president.

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Dozens of women and men who worked on the 2016 campaign signed a letter asking to meet with Sanders and his top aides "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".

Becker denied the allegations saying they were "at odds with my recollection of a late evening filled with many hugs and kisses and tears and conversations about what's next".

A top adviser to Sen. The campaign staffers had gathered at the restaurant to mark the end of Sanders's presidential bid.

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.

"Candidates who allow people like Robert Becker to lead their organizations shouldn't earn the highest office in our government", she said, adding, "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". This can't happen in 2020. They claimed that, when they detailed those concerns to campaign superiors, they were sometimes ignored, and in one case, laughed off.

Allegations that male members of his campaign had harassed and discriminated against female campaign workers have been circulating for weeks as the senator weighs a potential second presidential run.

The Vermont senator's campaign committee, Friends of Bernie Sanders, said Becker "would not be a part of any future campaigns".

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