Sen. Bernie Sanders falls into damage control mode ahead of 2020
Possible 2020 Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has fallen deep into damage control mode.
After a prominent staffer was accused of sexually harassing female staff members as well as discrimination, Sen. Sanders (I-VT) has invited all the alleged victims in for a little pow-wow on his dime.
Just a little more than a week ago, the Sanders campaign team was hit with a massive allegation of sexual harassment during the 2016 presidential campaign.
According to the report, Robert Becker, who was in charge of Sanders’ Iowa campaign — as well as assisting in other states — got a bit handsy with some of the women working for Sanders.
The report stated that several staff members were out at a local restaurant in Philadelphia to “mourn” the ending of the Sanders campaign when Becker allegedly forcibly kissed one of the women.
He also allegedly made some rather lewd comments to her about sexual intercourse.
The alleged incident was reportedly witnessed by several other people with the group.
Why It Is Surfacing Now
The woman who was allegedly assaulted apparently let the incident go until she found out Becker was once again hitting the road for Sanders.
When the woman found out Becker was doing some advance scouting for a possible second run at the presidency by Sanders, she came forward about the incident.
She told the media: “Candidates who allow people like Robert Becker to lead their organization shouldn’t earn the highest office in our government.”
Becker has denied the allegations.
For Bernie Sanders, someone who absolutely went after Trump over his alleged affairs, there could not have been worse allegations levied against his potential campaign.
Now, he has been forced to conduct damage control if he has any hopes of winning the Democrat nomination in 2020 — if he actually decides to run again (and there are many signs that is what he is actually planning).
As part of that damage control, Sanders arranged a meeting, at his expense, for the women who alleged they were either assaulted or not paid fairly for their work during the campaign.
Even with the public announcement of the meeting, however, Sanders was hit again with another bad headline.
Sanders’ campaign manager from the 2016 presidential campaign, Jeff Weaver, said he will not be part of a second presidential bid by Sanders.
Weaver reportedly stated the campaign team was “too white” and “too male” for his liking.
That is not exactly a ringing endorsement for a candidate that claims to be all for the rights of women and minorities. Yikes.