If you’ve been keeping up with the news this past week you know it’s been a bad week for Joe Biden. The first coming from Lucy Flores who ran, unsuccessfully, for lieutenant governor of Arizona in 2014. Her claim wasn’t that he sexually assaulted or molested her but that his actions made her feel uncomfortable.
What were those actions?
That he puller her in, sniffed her hair, and gave her a long slow kiss on the back of her head at a rally he attended to show support for her campaign. Lucy claimed that it wasn’t sexual in nature but that it made her feel incredibly uncomfortable at the time. The accusation is one of “inappropriate touching.” Which casts a long shadow of scandalous undertones to something many would view as a fatherly gesture.
One of the kneejerk accusations by Biden supporters was that this was an attack from the right. After all, Donald Trump is to blame for all the ills of a “perfect world” according to Democrats. However, it quickly came to light that Flores is an ardent Bernie Sanders supporter.
And new correlations have been levied that perhaps it wasn’t the right that was behind this first attack, but those who are intent on moving the Democratic party even further to the progressive left. They are the ones who view Biden as a real threat to their bid for the presidency in 2020 and decided to go for a pre-emptive strike in hopes it would be enough to force Biden to reassess his decision to enter the race.
So far, a Biden bid for the Democratic nomination would be the most centrist of any currently announced candidate. More importantly for his opponents, Biden, who has not yet announced a run for the top spot in the white house, is polling higher than any other candidate currently in the running among democratic voters.
This means he’s the biggest threat for all the other candidates, including Bernie Sanders.
Since Lucy Flores made her claims about Joe Biden, seven more women have stepped forward making claims of unwanted touching from Joe Biden.
- Amy Lappos. This claim occurred in 2009 when Biden rubbed his nose against hers at a fundraiser.
- D.J. Hill. She claims that during a 2012 fundraising even in Minneapolis, Biden rested his hand on her shoulder before moving it down her back, leaving her feeling very uncomfortable.
- Caitlyn Caruso. Her claim is perhaps the most alarming of the claims because at an event where she had just shared her experiences with sexual assault in 2016, Biden hugged her a little too long before placing his hand on her thigh.
- Ally Coll. Claims that Biden held her shoulders a little too long at a 2008 reception admitting that she initially shrugged it off, but now believes it shows a lack of understanding on Biden’s part.
- Sofie Karasek. A sexual assault survivor accused Biden of invading her personal space at a benefit for sexual assault providers.
- Vail Kohnert-Yount. While most women like the idea of being called pretty, it went beyond creepy for this White House intern when, in 2013, Vice President Biden put his hands on the back of her head and pressed his forehead to hers to do it.
- Alexandra Tara Reade. Her claim dates back to 1993 when she said Biden would run his fingers up her neck after placing his hands on her shoulders and went on to claim that her responsibilities in the workplace were reduced after she refused to serve drinks at an event.
While most of these accusations are somewhat creepy and uncomfortable, none were overtly sexual. Even the accusers have stated that they did not feel as though the actions were sexually motivated. They simply felt uncomfortable. The timing of this outpouring of accusations, however, feels extremely political. Especially with Biden expected to announce his run after Easter.
However, Biden isn’t taking this laying down. After taking a few days to respond, he came out swinging, with humor. Many women within the democratic party are having none of it though. In the modern #metoo movement, it would seem the Democrats are eating their own and rumors persist that Bernie Sanders is the mastermind behind this particular plot.
President Trump took the whole situation with a healthy dose of humor, stating, “Welcome to the world, Joe. Are you having a good time, Joe?”