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Details Emerge About Sanders Staffers’ Sexual Misconduct

According to a young female staffer on Sanders’ campaign, Robert Becker forcibly kissed her and made references to riding his “pole.”

By NTK Staff | 01.10.2019 @10:34am
Details Emerge About Sanders Staffers’ Sexual Misconduct

One week after the New York Times exposed rampant sexual misconduct and harassment on Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) 2016 presidential campaign, new details emerged about what exactly took place between staffers, per a Politico report.

On the final night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Sanders’ deputy national field director, Robert Becker, forcibly kissed and made lewd remarks to a young female staffer.

Becker, now 50 years old, told the 20-something woman that he had always wanted to have sex with her and made a reference to riding his “pole,” according to the woman and three other people who witnessed what happened or were told about it shortly afterward by people who did. Later in the night, Becker approached the woman and abruptly grabbed her wrists. Then he moved his hands to her head and forcibly kissed her, putting his tongue in her mouth as he held her, the woman and other sources said.

Given that the campaign was over at the time of the incident, the woman did not report Becker to Sanders campaign top brass.

But when Becker began making calls to feel out supporters about a 2020 run, she spoke out. Politico is protecting the identity of the young woman, who said she feared retaliation from Sanders supporters.

“Candidates who allow people like Robert Becker to lead their organizations shouldn’t earn the highest office in our government,” she told Politico.

Becker “categorically denied” the allegations. The group that will likely become Sanders’ 2020 campaign put out a statement saying that Becker would not be part of the campaign, adding, “To be clear: no one who committed sexual harassment in 2016 would be back if there were a 2020 campaign.”

Sanders himself addressed the New York Times story last week, but badly bungled his response to the allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment. When CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked Sanders if he was unaware of what was taking place amongst his campaign staffers, the Vermont senator responded, “Uh, yes. I was a little bit busy running around the country, trying to make the case.”

Sanders was accused of sexism over the weekend for a Twitter attack on Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) in which he invoked the name of Cheney’s father, former Vice President Dick Cheney.

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