This week can’t get much worse for Former Vice President and potential Democratic 2020 Presidential candidate Joe Biden. A second woman came forward on Monday and accused Biden of “sexism” and harassment during a situation in 2009.
Amy Lappos, a former volunteer congressional aide for Democratic Connecticut Rep. Jim Himes claimed that during a fundraising event for Himes in 2009, Biden grabbed her head and pulled her in close to rub noses. CREEPY!
“It wasn’t sexual, but he did grab me by the head,” Lappos said. “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.”
“I never filed a complaint, to be honest, because he was the vice president. I was a nobody,” Lappos continued. “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.”
The Daily Caller reports:
“Lappos was a volunteer congressional aide for Democratic Connecticut Rep. Jim Himes’ fundraiser at the time of the alleged incident. She told The Washington Examiner Monday that she does not believe Biden should run for president.”
This allegation by Lappos comes just days after former Democratic Nevada Senator Lucy Flores alleged that Biden sexually harassed her at an event in 2014.
“I felt him get closer to me from behind. He leaned further in and inhaled my hair. I was mortified,” Flores said. “He proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head. My brain couldn’t process what was happening. I was embarrassed. I was shocked. I was confused. … I wanted nothing more than to get Biden away from me.”
Flores continued: “Imagine you’re at work and a male colleague who you have no personal relationship with approaches you from behind, smells your hair, and kisses you on the head. Now imagine it’s the CEO of the company. If Biden and I worked together in a traditional office, I would have complained to the HR department, but on the campaign trail, there’s no clear path for what to do when a powerful man crosses the line.”
Bill Russo, a spokesman for Biden released a statement on the original allegation:
Vice President Biden was pleased to support Lucy Flores’s candidacy for Lieutenant Governor of Nevada in 2014 and to speak on her behalf at a well-attended public event.
Neither then, nor in the years since, did he or the staff with him at the time have an inkling that Ms. Flores had been at any time uncomfortable, nor do they recall what she describes.
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.
It looks like spokesman Russo will have to be issuing another statement considering there is a second woman coming forward with her own allegations against Biden. Maybe Russo should wait a little to release the next statement considering there is a good chance there will be more women coming forward accusing the former Vice President of harassment.
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