Bernie Sanders Confronted on Sexual Harassment in His 2016 Campaign at CNN Town Hall


During his CNN town hall tonight, Senator Bernie Sanders was confronted by one attendee about the sexual harassment that took place on his 2016 campaign and the way he talked about it in a recent interview.

American University student Shadi Nasab brought up how the Democratic party has become younger, more diverse, and more female, before asking this question:

“How can a voter like me feel confident in your ability to represent the party, especially given that your response to sexual harassment allegations during your campaign is that you were ‘a little bit busy running around the country trying to make the case to be elected as president’?”

Sanders made that comment in a CNN interview last month, apologizing to “any woman who felt that she was not treated appropriately” on his campaign. Following that he met with several former staffers to address their concerns.

The Vermont senator started out by saying the “a little bit busy” quote was taken out of context before touting the growing diversity among the progressive freshman class in Congress.

Wolf Blitzer jumped in and brought things back to the issues on his 2016 campaign, asking, “What are you personally going to do to make sure that doesn’t happen again?”

Sanders said this in response:

“I was very upset to learn what I learned. When I ran for reelection in Vermont in 2018, we instituted I think maybe the strongest protocols against sexual harassment and that will be the protocols we bring into the 2020 presidential election. Every employee of mine in this campaign will get significant amounts of training to understand what sexual harassment is about. Anybody who feels harassed will have an independent entity to speak to outside of the campaign, and we have hired some of the best people in the country to help us on this issue. We take this issue very very seriously.”

You can watch above, via CNN.

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