It might be over for Creepy Joe Biden before it begins.
Two more women have said the former vice president, under fire the last few days because he gropes, kisses, and sniffs the hair of any women within arm’s length, was a little too friendly.
The question for Democrats is what to do with the favorite candidate among rank-and-file Democrats. Party chieftains haven’t said Biden can forget about the presidential campaign he planned to announce this month. Indeed, they defend him.
But the sisterhood, still angry about Hillary Clinton’s loss in 2016, is clamoring for another woman to get a shot at the White House.
It’s her turn again, they say, whoever the her might be, and we can’t let a groper like Biden take the nomination from a deserving woman.
What Happened in Vegas ...
The New York Times buried the new allegations in a long feature about Biden’s old-fashioned style of politicking. Not until the 12th paragraph of the story did we get the news, and only after the Times cited House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s remarks to Politico.
“I don’t think it’s disqualifying,” Pelosi said. “He has to understand in the world that we're in now that people's space is important to them, and what's important is how they receive it and not necessarily how you intended it.”
Whatever Pelosi thinks, Biden’s in bigger trouble now than he was before. The latest allegation stems from an event at the University of Nevada, where Biden joined warbler Lady Gaga for a confabulation about sex assault.
After saying sex assault was about “the abuse of power,” Breitbart.com reported, Biden complimented a student named Caitlyn Caruso for her courage in telling her story of sex assault. But, Caruso alleges, he also gave her the Biden Squeeze.
“Biden rested his hand on her thigh — even as she squirmed in her seat to show her discomfort,” the Times reported, “and hugged her ‘just a little bit too long’ at an event on sexual assault at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She was 19.”
Caruso “chalked up the encounter at the time to how men act, and did not say anything publicly. But she said it was particularly uncomfortable because she had just shared her own story of sexual assault and had expected Mr. Biden — an architect of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act — to understand the importance of physical boundaries.”
Another woman got the Biden Back Rub, another of his well-practiced moves.
D. J. Hill, 59, told the Times “that when she and her husband, Robert, stepped up to take their photograph with the vice president, he put his hand on her shoulder and then started dropping it down her back, which made her ‘very uncomfortable.’”
Her husband interrupted the sneaky grope.
As for Pelosi’s defending Biden, columnist Michelle Malkin has provided a long list of the times the House Speaker defended top liberals accused of either harassment or outright assault.
Women Defend “Affectionate” Joe
The latest claims bring to four the number of complaints about Biden’s taking liberties with women at public events.
A top Democrat in Nevada is angry that Biden approached her from behind, sniffed her hair and kissed her, while another is furious that Biden grabbed her by the back of the head and gave her an Eskimo kiss.
Yet, the Times reported, “Even as these women come forward, a counternarrative has begun to emerge, from women like Stephanie Carter, the wife of the former defense secretary Ashton B. Carter, who has complained that a photograph of Mr. Biden with his hands on her shoulders has been widely misinterpreted. She pushed back in a post on Medium titled “The #MeToo Story That Wasn’t Me,” writing that she saw the gesture as “means of offering his support.”
Biden’s friends are “virtually unanimous in their assessment of him as an inveterate hugger who has no ill intent — ‘a very affectionate individual who is a natural toucher,’ said Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine.”
Meghan McCain said likewise. Biden “is one of the truly decent and compassionate men in all of American politics,” she told the Times. He has helped me through my father’s diagnosis, treatment and ultimate passing more than anyone of my fathers friends combined. I wish there was more empathy from our politicians not less.”
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