Joe Biden’s Biggest Problem

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Joe Biden’s Biggest Problem

John Sutter, Writer

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Joe Biden has been around a long time. He, like the country, has moved left. During that time, he had a friendly persona. He is known for friendliness through physical affection. This even had a name, “Joe being Joe.” This “affection” is facing new scrutiny now that he is facing two sexual misconduct accusations. Now, this behavior is facing an uncertain #MeToo standard and not just being taken as “Joe being Joe.”

The first was by a former Nevada assemblyman named Lucy Flores. She was running for lieutenant governor, and Biden agreed to endorse her. She claims that when she was about to go on stage, Biden sniffed her hair. Then he kissed her on the back of the head. Later another woman, Amy Lappos, came forward with similar accusations. It was at a Greenwich fundraiser in 2009. She said, “It wasn’t sexual, but he did grab me by the head. He put his hand around my neck and pulled me in to rub noses with me. When he was pulling me in, I thought he was going to kiss me on the mouth.”

Soon after the first story came out, a review of Joe Biden’s history came out. As stated earlier, he does have a reputation of giving an excessive amount of physical affection. One photograph getting scrutiny is one with the former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s wife.

It should be noted that she stated she wasn’t uncomfortable. He is also getting support from Meghan McCain who treated, “Joe Biden is one of the truly decent and compassionate men in all American politics. He has helped me through my fathers [sic] diagnosis treatment and ultimate passing more than anyone of my fathers [sic] friends combined. I wish there was more empathy from our politicians not less.”

Biden for his part has told the media he doesn’t recall the incident. He also stated, “In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort. And not once – never – did I believe I acted inappropriately.” Biden then added, “If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully. But it was never my intention. I may not recall these moments the same way, and I may be surprised at what I hear. But we have arrived at an important time when women feel they can and should relate their experiences, and men should pay attention. And I will.”

His spokesman, Bill Russo said, “But Vice President Biden believes that Ms. Flores has every right to share her own recollection and reflections and that it is a change for better in our society that she has the opportunity to do so. He respects Ms. Flores as a strong and independent voice in our politics and wishes her only the best.”

Had Joe Biden jumped in the Presidential race, he would have been the front runner. Now, he has significant baggage, however not baggage that completely kills his chances, remembers the Bernie bros. Still, Bernie at least didn’t sexually assault anyone himself.