So we now have seen two possible 20 20 candidates admit that they were just too busy to pay attention to what’s going on around them. First we had Senator Bernie Sanders who was more worried about his failing campaign. Yes it looked as if sexual harassment by someone on his side just wasn’t an issue. Remember this? “I was a little bit busy running around the country trying to make the case,” Sanders said.
Now we find out that he did apologize but this was reported by Politico and the Washington Post. On Thursday morning, after Politico reported that Sanders’s former Iowa campaign manager Robert Becker had been named in a $30,000 federal discrimination settlement with two former employees, Sanders told reporters that he thanked the women “from the bottom of my heart for speaking out” and formally apologized to them. “There was lots of bros protecting bros, to the point that now there is a conversation among female alumni of not working on this campaign again,” said one former campaign staffer.
Now we find out this about Kamala Harris’s former top campaign aide Larry Wallace. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., a 2020 presidential hopeful, said she was unaware of the sexual harassment scandal involving her former top aide, Larry Wallace, blaming the size of her office as the reason why she hadn’t heard about it. Wallace began working for Harris when she was district attorney of San Francisco, and Harris brought him in as a top aide when she entered the U.S. Senate. He resigned last month after a woman accused him of sexual harassment. The state of California later paid the woman a $400,000 settlement.
So how do they miss what’s happening in their own campaigns, but are out front on allegations yes alleged allegations about the President? Especially Harris. This was her top person. She thought so highly of him that he was brought to Washington with her.
In closing here’s her statement.
“It was a very painful experience to know that something could happen in one’s office—of almost 5,000 people, granted—but that I didn’t know about it,” Harris told CNN. “That being said, I take full responsibility for anything that has happened in my office. I always do and I always will. The buck stops with me.” “It makes a clear point that even in the office of someone who is an advocate for women’s rights and all people’s rights, there is no office that is immune from this kind of behavior,” Harris continued. “And that’s something we’re going to have to deal with.”
What say you?
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