Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, believes “climate change” is the most serious issue facing the world. But sexual harassment? Not so much.
During an interview Wednesday on CNN, host Anderson Cooper asked Sanders about a bombshell report that several women experienced sexually harassment while working for his 2016 presidential campaign.
The 2020 hopeful told Cooper that he wasn’t aware of the numerous allegations because he was “uh.. a little bit busy.”
“Just to be clear, you seemed to indicate that you did not know at the time about the allegations. Is that correct?”Cooper asked.
“Uh, yes,” Sanders responded. “I was a little bit busy running around the country, trying to make the case.”
Sanders went on to boast about his 2016 campaign as being “principled,” a sign to many he’s gearing up for a second presidential run.
“What I will tell you is that when I ran for re-election in 2018 in Vermont, we put forward the strongest set of principles in terms of mandatory training,” Sanders said.
“In terms of women, if they felt harassed, having an independent firm that they could go to, and I think that’s kind of the gold standard for what we should be doing,” he added.
Samantha Davis, the former director of operations in Texas and New York in 2016, told The New York Times that she felt marginalized and “pushed aside” after declining to go to her supervisor’s hotel room.
“I did experience sexual harassment during the campaign, and there was no one who would or could help,” David said.
In an email obtained by the Times, a delegate wrote: “There was an entire wave of rotten sexual harassment that seemingly was never dealt with.”
The Times’ expose came in response to another report detailing how a group of Bernie staffers have been trying to meet with the Vermont socialist to discuss their bad experiences while working on his campaign.
Former Sanders’ campaign staffers and top advisers got together and wrote a joint letter requesting time to “discuss the issue of sexual violence and harassment on the 2016 campaign, for the purpose of planning to mitigate the issue in the upcoming presidential cycle.”
The letter leaked to the media and has put serious pressure on Sanders to cower to the #MeToo movement.
“In recent weeks there has been an ongoing conversation on social media, in texts, and in person, about the untenable and dangerous dynamic that developed during our campaign,” the group wrote, adding that while similar issues arise on many campaigns, discrimination and harassment on Sanders’ campaign was particularly problematic given Sanders’ progressive platform and the “intense commitment” offered to his presidential effort from “women, people of color, and LGBT staffers.”
While Sanders was “too busy” to adequately address the allegations and meet with his former campaign staffers, the socialist has had plenty of time to make outlandish comments about climate change.
On Tuesday, he compared climate change to a “devastating military strike” against the U.S.
We must look at climate change as if it were a devastating military attack against the United States and the entire planet. And we must respond accordingly.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) January 1, 2019
“We must look at climate change as if it were a devastating military attack against the United States and the entire planet. And we must respond accordingly,” Sanders wrote.
While Sanders claims to be a climate snob who is deeply concerned about saving the planet, he spent a reported $300,000 in October alone on gas-guzzling private jets to travel to fancy events with rich elites.
HE also spent a whopping $5.2 million on private jet services during his campaign for president in 2016.