Biden Responds to Inappropriate Touching Claims

Official portrait of United States Vice President Joe Biden. Photo by David Lienemann.

On Wednesday via Twitter the Former Vice President Joe Biden posted a two minute video addressing allegations that he inappropriately touched women.

The statement comes just days after two woman accused Biden of inappropriately touching them.

The first woman, Lucy Flores wrote on The Cut, that while running for lieutenant governor for the state of Nevada, in 2014, during a campaign event the Vice President came up behind her and smelled her hair, he also according to her planted, “a big slow kiss on the back of my head,” which she says left her feeling embarrassed and confused.

The second woman according to the Washington Post, Amy Lappos, a former congressional aide to Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT), says Biden “inappropriately,” touched her in 2009.

Lappos said in a statement via the Washington Post, that she was, “disappointed in the “ridiculously dismissive” way Democrats — including Biden — had responded to Flores’s account.”

She wrote that her experience was similar to Flores’ own experience, saying Monday according to the article, that it wasn’t sexual, but she did feel like Biden was going to kiss her on her mouth.

It wasn’t sexual, but he did grab me by the head,” she told the newspaper. “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.”

Amy Lappos via The Washington Post

In the video Biden explains that he “gets” that social norms have changed, but he added, being personable is just who he is. He also states he will work to improve his behavior.

Multiple sources reported in March that Biden intends to announce his decision on running for President in 2020 sometime around Eastern weekend.

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