Et tu, Bernie? For those who do not know this famous phrase that comes from the play Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare. Caesar utters these words as he is being stabbed to death, having recognized his friend Brutus among the assassins. In English “Even you, Brutus?”
Why am I bringing this up, well there have been complaints against Senator Sanders of sexual harassment and gender pay inequality during his Presidential campaign by women on his campaign staff.
Per Politico, “Sen. Bernie Sanders apologized late Wednesday to female staffers who have said they endured sexual harassment and gender disparity while working on his 2016 presidential campaign, while also saying he was previously unaware of such allegations.”
Furthermore POLITICO “revealed that more than two dozen women and men who worked on Sanders’ 2016 campaign sent a letter last Sunday to senior Sanders officials asking for a meeting 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.”” So I have to ask why the senator has not addressed these allegations earlier and only waited till his own people complained?
From the New York Times, “In February 2016, Giulianna Di Lauro, a Latino outreach strategist for Senator Bernie Sanders’s presidential operation, complained to her supervisor that she had been harassed by a campaign surrogate whom she drove to events ahead of the Democratic primary in Nevada.
She said the surrogate told her she had “beautiful curly hair” and asked if he could touch it, Ms. Di Lauro said in an interview. Thinking he would just touch a strand, she consented. But she said that he ran his hand through her hair in a “sexual way” and continued to grab, touch and “push my boundaries” for the rest of the day.
“I just wanted to be done with it so badly,” she said.
When she reported the incident to Bill Velazquez, a manager on the Latino outreach team, he told her, “I bet you would have liked it if he were younger,” according to her account and another woman who witnessed the exchange. Then he laughed.
Accounts like Ms. Di Lauro’s — describing episodes of sexual harassment and demeaning treatment as well as pay disparity in Mr. Sanders’s 2016 campaign — have circulated in recent weeks in emails, online comments and private discussions among former supporters.”
The senator has apologized and stated that he was too busy to take note of such allegations. Well it is time for those of the Me Too movement to stand up and say what happened was wrong and was ignored by the man who claims to be for a woman’s right to nondiscrimination based on sex.
It is time for Sanders to reevaluate what happened and then to do something about it before moving forward with any political ambition(s).
That is my opinion- Jumpin Jersey Mike