AFP-Jiji WASHINGTON (AFP-Jiji) — Bernie Sanders apologized Thursday for “unacceptable” sexual harassment that occurred on his 2016 presidential campaign, directly addressing an issue that could weigh on the senator’s potential 2020 White House bid.
Sanders has been on the defensive for weeks while he mulls another presidential bid, as several former campaign staffers have made allegations of sexual misconduct and pay disparity.
“It now appears that as part of our campaign there were some women who were harassed or mistreated. I thank them, from the bottom of my heart, for speaking out,” Sanders said in a statement.
Sanders does not stand accused of harassing staffers himself, but has been criticized for poorly handling the complaints.
The harassment allegations “speak to unacceptable behavior that must not be tolerated in any campaign or any workplace,” Sanders said.
Thursday’s statement emerged hours after a Politico story that detailed new accusations against a top Sanders adviser in 2016 who is already taking steps toward working on a possible 2020 Sanders campaign in early voting states like Iowa.Speech