Sen. Bernie Sanders' top 2016 campaign adviser accused of sexual misconduct

Bernie Sanders at a George Washington University event in Washington

The unnamed accuser said she never reported the alleged incident because it came on the same day that Mr Sanders' campaign ended after he failed to snatch the Democratic nomination from Hillary Clinton.

Still, the misstep has caused some analysts to question whether Sanders is the candidate Democrats should run against President Donald Trump in 2020.

"We are addressing what happened on the Bernie campaign but as people that work in this space we see that all campaigns are extremely risky to women and marginalized people and we are attempting to fix that", the campaign staffers wrote.

The New York Times also has detailed allegations of unwanted sexual advances and pay inequity on Sanders' 2016 campaign.

Sen. Bernie Sanders apologized Thursday following multiple reports of women who were sexually harassed or assaulted by one of his staffers during his 2016 presidential bid.

Becker has been conducting unaffiliated Sanders campaign work in recent months, which included calling potential staffers and traveling to early primary states to prepare for a possible presidential run.

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Sanders was forced to respond to accusations reported by Politico that his campaign floor manager had forcibly kissed a 20-year-old campaign worker after making sexual suggestions to her.

Friends of Bernie Sanders, Sanders" main campaign committee, told Politico in a statement: "Robert Becker would not be a part of any future campaigns.' The campaign added: 'To be clear: no one who committed sexual harassment in 2016 would be back if there were a 2020 campaign, ' and described Becker's conduct as 'deplorable and fundamentally unacceptable'. Per the outlet, top Sanders "aides did not endorse, but did not disavow, either". This can't happen in 2020.

Over two dozen Sanders alumni signed the letter, in which they noted a culture of what they called toxic masculinity was common throughout the campaign world, Politico reported.

The allegations have cast a shadow on Sanders' potential 2020 run in a likely crowded field of Democratic contenders. "It would have to be much more diverse than was the case in 2016, when it was too male and too white". Additionally, numerous women have complained they were paid less than men and forced into inappropriate and uncomfortable situations, according to The New York Times. But he also apologized to "any woman who felt that she was not treated appropriately", adding that if he does decide to run again he would "do better". What they experienced was absolutely unacceptable and certainly not what a progressive campaign or any campaign should be about, ' he said Thursday on Capitol Hill.

"Clearly we need a cultural revolution in this country to change workplace attitudes and behavior".

She said she felt compelled to speak out after Mr Becker travelled to SC in December on a trip to recruit future campaign workers for Mr Sanders.

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