Women Speak Out: Bernie and Hillary Campaigns Rife with Sexual Harassment

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Campaign staffers of each of Democratic Party finalists have come forward to tell tales of rampant sexual harassment on the campaign trail that was wholly ignored by the democratic powers that be. Almost as surprising is that the media vehicle publishing their story was the very left-wing Huffington Post. Lilian Adams, who worked for Team Hillary and Zoey Jordan Salsbury who joined team Bernie each told  Huffington Posts they were preyed upon by fellow campaign workers and that the campaigns were “ill-equipped” to cope.

In  May 2016, Lilian Adams relocated to Colorado to work for Clinton a paid organizer.  It was in the Colorado office that Adams said she faced harassment from a fellow organizer.

Adams said she dealt with this harassment for months and mentioned it to a superior as early as June. Adams said.  Adams felt targeted, she said, because the man knew she was bisexual — and escalated from there. “He made multiple comments about my body, told people we were dating, would constantly try to get me to drink (I was 19), try to force me into situations where we were alone, encouraged me not to wear bras, etc.,” Adams said.

She talked to her bosses in June, but the campaign did nothing and the harassment continued. Ms. Adams tried talking to her supervisors about the harassment again in August. They finally listened,

The campaign fired her harasser shortly thereafter. In text messages between Adams and one of her superiors, which were reviewed by HuffPost, they both expressed relief that the problem was over.

But even after her abuser was fired, his work with the party — and the campaign — wasn’t over. In October 2016, Adams said she discovered to her astonishment that he had been rehired the previous month to work on the campaign with a different state party

The Huffington Posts spoke to someone Ms. Adams confided to at the time and her confidant confirmed her story. They also reached out to the harasser but he didn’t reply (both women in the story requested that Huffpo not release the name of their tormenter). The Hillary campaign was contacted by the site an wouldn’t comment.

Lillian Adams was disillusioned by the fact the campaign rehired the guy, just put him elsewhere to bother other women.

“You have a lot of young passionate people who want to help change the world through Democratic politics,” she said. “Older Democratic operatives see this passion and exploit it, putting us in an extremely stressful and unhealthy work environment.”

Zoey Jordan Salsbury caught the Bern and in  October 2015 she became president of Washington, D.C.’s American University Students for Bernie…

 

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