Julia Cohen on June 6, 2018
Former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said he missed former Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken, who resigned after photos of him taking advantage of sleeping women were released to the public, after being asked about the #MeToo movement.
“Al is a friend of mine and we miss him very, very much,” Sanders said in an interview with The Washington Post on Wednesday in response to being asked if the Democrats made a mistake ousting the disgraced former senator.
Sanders also avoided talking about former president Bill Clinton, saying that he did not want to look back on the past after the interviewer asked him if he regrets his vote not to impeach Clinton after the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Sanders shifted to talking about the importance of holding elected officials accountable for inappropriate conduct.
“… if a member of Congress harasses or worse an employee, that member will be held accountable… there will be legislation passed,” Senator Sanders said. “What the issue is about is, we have got to be aggressive in making certain that women… feel safe and comfortable on the job.”
Sanders has been an avid supporter of the #MeToo movement. “Right now, as we speak, in restaurants all over this country, in offices all over this country, there are folks who are not famous who are harassing women, making demands on women that are obscene,” Sanders told CNN in December, “We need a revolution in the way we treat women in the workforce from the bottom on up.”
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