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Much like 2016, Sen. Bernie Sanders is lurking in second place in the 2020 presidential polls. Unlike 2016, Sanders isn’t exactly perceived as a secular saint this time around.
Exposés by The New York Times and Politico detailed a pattern of sexual harassment on Sanders’ campaign that was ignored.
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The Vermont senator didn’t help himself in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper when queried about the allegations.
“Just to be clear, you seem to indicate that you did not know at the time about the allegations, is that correct?” Cooper asked.
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“Yes, I was a little bit busy running around the country trying to make the case,” Sanders said.
To say that didn’t fly in the #MeToo age is an understatement of Brobdingnagian proportions, particularly since it plays into existing narratives that Sanders is too aloof or doddering to take the mantle of the presidency.
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While the senator is apologized for not being attentive enough to notice the allegations, NBC’s Chuck Todd thinks that the sexual harassment claims could be a disqualifying factor for him, although not perhaps for the reason you might think.
On Thursday’s edition of “MTP Daily” on MSNBC, Todd played the interview with Cooper and then said he wondered if Sanders’ handling of the situation could “derail his chances of another presidential bid.”
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“Boy, that is a tough answer to defend, because of course, if you are running to be the president of the United States, if you can’t manage a campaign, how do you manage the country?” Todd said. “That’s a tough answer to defend.”
“Politically speaking, no potential 2020 candidate has had a worse start to 2019, it looks like, than Bernie Sanders,” he added.
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