If you’ve never seen the video montages showing former Vice President Joe Biden touching, kissing, and sniffing young girls and grown women alike in the most creepy and unnerving manner, they’re worth watching.
These videos have been making their way across social media for some time now, leading to nicknames for Biden such as “creepy Uncle Joe” and causing many voters to question Biden’s bizarre behavior. For a long time, though, none of the women in these videos had come forward to accuse Biden of inappropriate conduct.
Now, however, two different women have recently spoken out about their encounter with the former vice president and 2020 presidential hopeful. Lucy Flores, a Democratic state senator from Nevada, described an encounter where Biden touched her shoulders and kissed the back of her neck. She said that while Biden’s actions were not criminal, they did make her feel deeply uncomfortable.
Following the publication of Flores’s story, another woman, Amy Lappos, came forward to talk about her own encounter with Joe Biden.
“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,” Lappos recalled. “I never filed a complaint, to be honest, because he was the vice president. I was a nobody. There’s absolutely a line of decency. There’s a line of respect. Crossing that line is not grandfatherly. It’s not cultural. It’s not affection. It’s sexism or misogyny.”
In the wake of these allegations, Biden has released a statement saying that he never meant to make anyone uncomfortable and that his actions were meant to be nothing more than warm and affectionate.
This statement may be enough for many in the Democratic Party to give the 76-year-old Biden a pass. However, it shouldn’t be enough. Joe Biden absolutely deserves to be the #MeToo movement’s next target.
From the start, the original purpose of the #MeToo movement was to unmask powerful individuals who have abused their position of power in order to get away with sexual misconduct. Biden may argue that his actions were not sexual in nature, but videos of him brushing his hand along young girls’ breasts and awkwardly sniffing women’s hair are difficult to dismiss.
He may argue that these women were comfortable and there on their own free will, but the allegations made by the two women thus far and the uncomfortable look on the faces of the women in the videos tell a different story.
If the Democratic Party was morally honest, they would go after Biden with the same intensity that they went after Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump, Roy Moore, and every other Republican politician who has been accused of sexual misconduct. If the leaders of the #MeToo movement were morally honest, they would ensure that Biden did not get a free pass simply because he’s a popular Democrat with arguably the best chance to defeat Donald Trump in 2020.
In the wake of the allegations that were brought against him, many leftist media outlets have argued that Biden is an innocent and harmless relic of another era – a confused old man who simply doesn’t understand the sensitivity of the climate surrounding sexual misconduct in 2019.
However, Joe Biden is a man who has spent his entire life in the public spotlight. If the average viewer can watch videos of Biden touching women and feel uncomfortable, surely someone who is fully accustomed to having his every move analyzed and is completely used to staying on top of the latest societal and cultural trends should know better.
If Biden truly is so old and senile that he doesn’t realize its wrong to graze a young girl’s breasts and sniff her hair on live television, then he certainly doesn’t belong anywhere near the White House.
With a Democratic field that is very lacking in moderate candidates such as Biden, though, it’s unlikely that many on the left will turn against the party’s current front runner for the 2020 nomination, though some Democrats have called on Biden to address his actions.
In a fair and honest world, however, the accusations brought against Biden along with the video evidence showing his creepy, bizarre behavior would be enough to end Biden’s political career.
Through his actions, Joe Biden has placed himself firmly in the crosshairs of the #MeToo movement. Whether or not they decide to take the shot, though, is yet to be seen.