Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Marianne Williamson on Friday defended hiring a former Bernie Sanders staffer to move her Iowa marketing campaign despite the fact that he was accused by a subordinate of sexual assault in 2016.
Robert Becker served as Sanders’ Iowa caucus director in 2016 and would probably have labored on his 2020 marketing campaign, Politico reported. As a substitute, he was ousted from Sanders’ crew earlier this yr after a a lot youthful staffer who labored beneath him alleged he forcibly kissed her on the final evening of the Democratic Nationwide Conference and put his tongue in her mouth, based on Politico.
The lady additionally claimed Becker mentioned he had all the time wished to have intercourse together with her and made different lewd references, which Politico reported others corroborated.
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However Williamson mentioned she was keen to look previous the allegations in opposition to Becker.
“I consider in forgiveness. I consider in redemption. I consider in folks rising up after they’ve fallen down,” Williamson mentioned. “I had not learn something or heard something that made me really feel this was a person who by no means deserved to work once more.”
“I consider in forgiveness. I consider in redemption. I consider in folks rising up after they’ve fallen down. I had not learn something or heard something that made me really feel this was a person who by no means deserved to work once more.”
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Becker “categorically” denies the accusations and mentioned he remembered the evening was stuffed with “hugs and kisses,” Politico reported.
The Sanders marketing campaign in 2016 was rocked by quite a few complaints of sexual harassment by members of the workers. In January, Sanders wrote an apology mentioned his marketing campaign staffers’ requirements for private conduct ought to have been increased.
“The allegations converse to unacceptable habits that should not be tolerated in any marketing campaign or any office,” Sanders wrote in an announcement.