Former Vice President Joe Biden released a video via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon and attempted to address the recent accusations against him of sexual harassment.
Multiple women have come forward in the past week and claimed that Biden made them feel very uncomfortable when he creepily touched them and, in some situations, even sniffed their hair and rubbed noses with them.
The former Vice President spent most of the video explaining his actions ,but did NOT apologize to the four women who have come forward.
Biden claimed his creepy actions are just because of the way he is and blamed “changing social norms” for his behavior no longer being acceptable.
“Social norms are changing. I understand that, and I’ve heard what these women are saying. Politics to me has always been about making connections, but I will be more mindful about respecting personal space in the future.” Biden started. “That’s my responsibility and I will meet it.”
“Today I want to talk to you about some gestures of support and encouragement that I’ve made to women and some men that have made them uncomfortable,” he continued. “In my career, I’ve always tried to make a human connection. … I shake hands, I hug people, I grab men and women by the shoulders and say, ‘You can do this.’
“Whether their women, men, young, old, it’s the way I’ve always been, it’s the way I try to show I care about them and I’m listening,” Biden said. “I’ve never thought of politics as cold and antiseptic. I’ve always thought about connecting with people.”
Biden then blamed changing “social norms,” adding that “they’ve shifted” because we are now in the “Me Too” era.
“The boundaries of protecting personal space have been reset. And I get it. I get it. I hear what they’re saying. I understand it. And I’ll be much more mindful. That’s my responsibility. My responsibility. And I’ll meet it.”
Social norms are changing. I understand that, and I’ve heard what these women are saying. Politics to me has always been about making connections, but I will be more mindful about respecting personal space in the future. That’s my responsibility and I will meet it. pic.twitter.com/Ya2mf5ODts
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 3, 2019
Twitter made sure to call out Biden for his weak statement and failure to apologize. One Twitter user said, “is this supposed to be an apology?”
Biden’s statement comes in response to an accusation brought on by former Democratic Nevada Senator Lucy Flores who 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.”
Since her original statement, 3 more women have come forward explaining their very similar experiences with the former Vice President.
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