Top 2016 Sanders Adviser Accused of Forcibly Kissing Female Staffer

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Sen. Bernie Sanders apologized to women who were sexually harassed on his 2016 presidential campaign and thanked them 'from the bottom of my heart for speaking out'.

Sanders' principal campaign committee, Friends of Bernie Sanders, called Becker's alleged conduct "deplorable and fundamentally unacceptable" and announced that Becker "would not be a part of any future campaigns".

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According to POLITICO, Mr. Becker "oversaw Sanders' Iowa campaign, then helped lead his efforts in Michigan, California and NY as deputy national field director" and has reportedly started calling former staffers to prep for Sanders' potential 2020 run over the past few months.

The campaign was celebrating the end of Sanders' improbable run for the nomination when Becker told the woman he wanted to have sex with her and made the reference to his "pole", the newspaper said.

Because sexual harassment is pervasive in political campaigns, some potential 2020 presidential campaigns are reportedly performing background checks into top staffers to ensure they have no history of misconduct.

The harassment allegations "speak to unacceptable behavior that must not be tolerated in any campaign or any workplace", Sanders said.

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The woman did not report the incident at the time since the campaign was finished but has come forward now as Becker has been involved with potential 2020 groundwork. "I apologize", Sanders tweeted on Thursday.

In his apology Thursday, Sanders admitted the campaign's "standards and safeguards were inadequate".

Allegations of sexual misconduct and an "untenable and risky dynamic that developed during [the Sanders] campaign" have dogged the Vermont senator in recent weeks, according to Politico. It must be a reality in our daily lives.

Later that even, Becker allegedly approached the woman, grabbed her wrists, and forcibly kissed her.

"Last month, Sen. Sanders said grassroots support would determine whether or not he decides to run for president again", Winnie Wong, co-founder of the People for Bernie, said in a statement, "We are here, and we are ready to support him all the way to finish line". "You can't run for president of the United States unless you acknowledge that every campaign demands a safe work environment for every employee and volunteer", the woman continued. "I was a little bit busy running around the country trying to make the case", Sanders said last week during a CNN interview.

The woman said she informed Sanders's 2016 campaign manager Jeff Weaver of the alleged assault. Additionally, numerous women have complained they were paid less than men and forced into inappropriate and uncomfortable situations, according to The New York Times.

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