Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders told CNN that he did not know about sexual harassment and pay disparity allegations during his 2016 presidential campaign.
Allegations from multiple women who worked on Sanders’ campaign surfaced in the New York Times.
Former supporters told the Times that Sanders’ campaign did not adequately address incidents of sexual harassment, sexist mistreatment and pay disparities between men and women.
According to The Daily Wire, Sanders was descending on an escalator when Daily Caller Capitol Hill reporter Henry Rodgers accosted him, asking Sanders if he believed Fairfax’s accuser. As Sanders walked away from the escalator, Rodgers walked alongside, prompting Sanders to bellow, “Excuse me.”
Rodgers pointed out, “You’re not on the phone. You’re not on the phone.”
Sanders stopped, repeating, “Excuse me.” Rodgers said. “Sir? I’m asking you a question.” Sanders simply walked away.
Bernie is back and and this time he is taking fake phone calls to dodge questions about if he believes Lt. Gov Justin Fairfax’s accuser… WATCH THIS: pic.twitter.com/y6n83qPKit
In previous years, Sanders said that sexual harassment against women is everywhere and demanded a ‘revolution’ for women. Back in December of 2017, CNN’s State of the Union, Sanders once again issued a call for “revolution.” Yet this wasn’t a call for the political revolution the one-time presidential hopeful was well known for routinely issuing for during the 2016 election. Rather, Sanders called for a revolution in the way we treat women and handle sexual harassment and assault. And if the #MeToo movement has been any indication, women are more than ready for a revolution.
On January 10 of this year, Sanders apologized for the second time about mistreatment of female staffers during the 2016 presidential campaign, saying:
“It appears that as part of our campaign, there were some women who were harassed and mistreated — I thank them from the bottom of my heart for speaking out. What they experienced was absolutely unacceptable and certainly not what a progressive campaign or any campaign should be about. … When we talk about — and I do all the time — ending sexism and all forms of discrimination, those beliefs cannot just be words. They must be based in day-to-day reality and the work we do, and that was clearly not the case in the 2016 campaign.”