As Sanders and surrogates explore a 2020 presidential bid, more than a dozen former female and male staffers who worked on the 2016 campaign signed a letter requesting a meeting with Sanders and his leadership team "to discuss the issue of sexual violence and harassment on the 2016 campaign, for the goal of planning to mitigate the issue in the upcoming presidential cycle". Per the outlet, top Sanders "aides did not endorse, but did not disavow, either".
"I'm not going to sit here and tell you we did everything right in terms of human resources", said Sanders. "Our standards, our procedures, our safeguards, were clearly inadequate".
Sanders said his 2018 Senate re-election campaign instituted "some of the strongest sexual harassment policies in the country".
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.More news: 'Unprecedented' US Sanctions Are Pressuring Iran
The People for Bernie Sanders and Organizing for Bernie, political action committees unaffiliated with a possible Sanders campaign, announced on Thursday that the 400 events prove there is already "an army of community led organizers already ramped up to put him miles ahead of other candidates in the 2020 race".
They said that later that evening, "Becker approached the woman and abruptly grabbed her wrists".
Weaver told Politico that "without getting into the specifics of an incident where the woman involved has not given me express permission to speak, I only became aware recently".
Robert Becker, who was the Iowa state director for Sen. Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential run claims a top Sanders advisor sexually assaulted her on the night of the Democratic National Convention. This can't happen in 2020. "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".More news: Steelers president on Antonio Brown: ‘We’ll look at all the options’
Hillary Clinton officially secured the Democratic presidential nomination over Sanders at the convention.
Politico's report said the "female staffer did not report the incident immediately because the campaign had just ended at the time of the incident".
Part of those changes include Weaver not returning to his role as campaign manager in any future Sanders presidential bid.
His apology comes as he contemplates another White House bid under the Democratic banner in 2020.More news: AFC Asian Cup: Upbeat India face UAE test
Earlier this month, former women staffers told the New York Times that, while working on Sanders' first campaign, they experienced "sexual harassment and demeaning treatment, as well as pay disparity" problems - and that there was no one to turn to for help. Additionally, numerous women have complained they were paid less than men and forced into inappropriate and uncomfortable situations, according to The New York Times. A former Sanders delegate called the culture an "entire wave of rotten sexual harassment that seemingly was never dealt with". Becker had begun making preparations for another campaign and calling around to staffers when the woman came forward, and other staffers came out with similar stories, causing him to lose his position on the campaign.