Sen. Bernie Sanders ran away and literally hid in an elevator to avoid a question about the sexual assault allegations levied against Virginia Democrat Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, The American Mirror reported.
On Tuesday, The Daily Caller’s Henry Rodgers attempted to ask Sanders about Fairfax, who has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman during the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
“Senator Sanders, do you believe,” Rodgers began before a gentleman walking with the Vermont lawmaker cut him off and said he “can’t” talk about that right now.
Sanders then gets in the elevator, looks directly toward Rodgers and other reporters, and doesn’t say anything while donning a creepy smirk on his face.
Sen. Bernie Sanders will not say if he believes VA Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax’s accuser… pic.twitter.com/zU69QSzXGD
— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) February 5, 2019
Just earlier this week, Sanders was busted pretending to be on his cell phone to avoid the same line of questioning. In that video, you can see that clearly Sanders’ phone screen was activated and not in use. Something that the reporter had no problem pointing out.
Amid speculation that Sanders could seek the White House again, Fox News points out. The progressive senator has faced fallout as broader sexual harassment complaints stemming from the 2016 bid have come to light in recent weeks.
More than two dozen former staffers recently sent a letter to Sanders and his aides, seeking a meeting regarding the “sexual violence and harassment on the 2016 campaign” ahead of another bid for the presidency. Additionally, numerous women have complained they were paid less than men and forced into inappropriate and uncomfortable situations, according to The New York Times. A former Sanders delegate called the culture an “entire wave of rotten sexual harassment that seemingly was never dealt with.”
Sanders said he was unaware of the alleged behavior happening during his campaign because he was “a little busy” running for president. But he also apologized to “any woman who felt that she was not treated appropriately,” adding that if he does decide to run again he would “do better.”