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Bernie Sanders apologizes to women who allege sexist treatment during his 2016 presidential campaign
  Thursday 03 January, 2019
Bernie Sanders apologizes to women who allege sexist treatment during his 2016 presidential campaign

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders told CNN on Wednesday night that he did not know about sexual harassment and pay disparity allegations during his 2016 presidential campaign.

Allegations from multiple women who worked on Sanders' campaign surfaced Wednesday in the New York Times. Former supporters told the Times that his campaign did not adequately address incidents of sexual harassment, sexist mistreatment and pay disparities between men and women.

On CNN, Sanders apologized to "any woman who feels like she was not treated appropriately." When asked if he had been aware of the complaints, Sanders said, "I was little bit busy running around the country trying to make the case (to be elected as president)."

The allegations and his perceived failure to rectify the issues, female campaign workers told the Times, bring into question whether he can fight for women's interests if he again seeks the presidency.

"I am not going to sit here and tell you that we did everything right in terms of human resources, in terms of addressing the needs that I'm hearing from now, that women felt they were disrespected, that there was sexual harassment which was not dealt with as effectively as possible," Sanders said on CNN.

He told CNN his campaign would do better if he pursues a 2020 presidential nomination. His 2018 Senate re-election campaign, he added, established new protocols for handling sexual harassment allegations.

"We put forward the strongest set of principles in terms of mandatory training, in terms of women, if they felt harassed, having an independent firm that they can go to," Sanders said. "And I think that that's kind of the gold standard of what we should be doing."

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/01/02/bernie-sanders-apologizes-alleged-campaign-sexual-harassment/2469618002/

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