On Wednesday, speaking to CNN’s Anderson Cooper, the self-proclaimed champion of the middle-class Sen. Bernie Sanders found himself in the hot seat after the
According to the piece, several female staff members came forward to report sexism, harassment, and gender pay disparity.
Talking to the publication, Giulianna Di Lauro, a Latino outreach strategist for the Sanders campaign, confessed that she was harassed by a male co-worker who ran his hand through her curly hair without her permission in a “sexual way.”
Cooper asked Sanders to share his thoughts on the article published in
Sanders responded by apologizing to the employees who were mistreated and added: “I’m not going to sit here and tell you that we did everything right regarding human resources, concerning addressing the needs that I’m hearing from now that women felt disrespected, that there was sexual harassment which was not dealt with as effectively as possible."
Sanders had one of the most successful campaigns in history thanks to millions of small donors who contributed massively to his cause and his movement.
He continued by thanking his supporters or Bernie Bros who worked to keep the "Bernie or Bust" movement going.
The socialist said: "What I will tell you is that when I ran for re-election in 2018 in Vermont, we put forward the "strongest set of principles regarding mandatory training, regarding women, if they felt harassed, having an independent firm that they can go to. And I think that’s kind of the gold standard for what we should be doing. So I certainly apologize to any woman who felt that she was not treated appropriately. And of course, if I run, we will do better next time.”
Cooper pressed Sanders by asking if he was aware of the allegations.
The Senator from Vermont stated: “I was a little bit busy running around the country trying to make the case."
Mr. Sanders is hinting at a 2020 presidential run, and his army of backers are ready for the sequel.
Should Sanders be held responsible for these allegations?