Biden’s Inner Circle Defends Top Aide amid Multiple Allegations of Abuse

The inner circles of Democrat President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden have rallied in defense of a top aid hit with multiple MeToo-style allegations of abuse.

Anthony Bernal is facing allegations of bullying and sexual harassment from almost a dozen current and former White House staff members.

Bernal is an assistant to the president and top aide to the first lady.

The accusers have alleged Bernal has a long-running history of bullying and verbal sexual harassment.

The harassment includes speculating on the penis sizes of staffers in conversations.

One individual described it as an attempt “to make people feel uncomfortable and have power over them.”

The allegations were first reported by the New York Post.

The anonymous staffers told the Post that they came forward in hopes that Bernal would be held accountable for his actions.

Some, however, remained skeptical and labeled him as “untouchable” due to his closeness to the first lady.

The White House and the first lady’s office have yet to reveal whether Bernal would face an internal investigation into the matter.

Instead, current and past members of Biden’s inner circle and former coworkers of Bernal put out statements defending his character in an attempt to counter the staffers’ charges.

“Anthony is one of the most generous, conscientious, brilliant people working at the White House,” a White House official told Fox News.

“In the 20 years I’ve known him, I’ve never heard him to make comments like the ones alleged– in fact, he’s always been quite intentional and purposeful in making sure colleagues at every level feel valued and appreciated.”

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“I’ve worked with Anthony for almost 30 years — and I’ve always seen him act with the utmost professionalism and compassion toward his team,” Biden’s former chief of staff, Ron Klain, said in defense of Bernal.

Several other former colleagues of Bernal also defended him, according to Fox.

An ex-staffer in the first lady’s office who worked with him for the first two years of Biden’s administration said they have “a lot of respect for him as a leader and a colleague.”

“He has a good heart and always keeps the people we serve at the forefront of his decisions,” they said.

“As one of the youngest staff in the office, he consistently asked for and valued my perspective and contributions.”

Another individual, who said they have worked closely with Bernal for almost 30 years in the government and the private sector, said he routinely supports coworkers “and pushes them to exceed their own expectations to deliver extraordinary results.”

“All the while, he relentlessly exemplifies that family comes first, and the highest form of public service is to find more to give,” they added. “Anthony’s expectations are set high, but his grace is even higher. He is truly the epitome of a public servant-leader.”

A separate long-time colleague, who said they have known and worked with Bernal for more than 15 years, said they have never heard him “utter an inappropriate word to anyone – ever.”

“The White House is a demanding workplace requiring the best efforts of all its employees, and Anthony’s leadership has helped me and many others maximize our abilities,” they said.

“He challenged me to be better than I ever thought I could be, and as a result, I’m a far better person and co-worker because of that interaction.”

The New York Post reported last week that the allegations against Bernal, who is openly gay, included him sharing his view with staffers that a person’s thumb size correlates with their penis size.

He allegedly did so in the current White House, in prior roles in the Biden campaign, and during Biden’s vice presidency.

“It is to make people uncomfortable and to have power over them,” one source told the Post.

“It is Me Too – classic Me Too.”

Additional sources told the Post that Bernal told a colleague he had a small penis during a disagreement.

He remarked on a “staffer’s bulge in his khakis” in another occurrence.

“It was a lot of inappropriate remarks — talking about other people’s attractiveness and speculating about their sex lives at very weird moments,” the source told the Post.

“That’s actually sexual harassment.”

The sources also said that Bernal would routinely question people’s sexuality and would attempt to pry into their personal lives.

Following the report, a former top Biden aide, who wished to remain anonymous, told Fox News that the allegations within the Post’s report aligned with what they experienced while working in the administration.

“I’m surprised it has taken this long for so many staffers to speak out,” they said.

“I wouldn’t be shocked if this empowered current and past staff to move forward.”

The former aide also believed “a dozen sources seem like enough to trigger that type of internal investigation.”

Biden previously vowed that he would not tolerate such actions within his orbit.

“I am not joking when I say this: if you are ever working with me and I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect or talk down to someone, I promise you I will fire you on the spot,” Biden said on his first day in office.

“On the spot. No ifs, ands or buts.”

The White House and the first lady’s office did not answer whether they believe Bernal’s alleged actions violated Biden’s pledge.

The Bidens indirectly addressed the issue through a statement from the president’s chief of staff, Jeff Zeints, who told the Post that he and the Bidens have “full confidence in Anthony’s character.”

“His many fans at the White House know him to be both gracious and tough, holding himself up to the highest standards, with a heart dedicated to public service,” Zients said.

“It is disappointing that he is the target of unfounded attacks from unnamed sources.”

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