Former Nevada Democratic lawmaker Lucy Flores claimed over the weekend that the Democratic Party often pressures victims “to keep our mouths shut” and “our dirty laundry to ourselves” when they come forward with allegations.
During an interview Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Flores spoke about a recent column she wrote last week, where she claimed that former Vice President Joe Biden acted highly inappropriate towards her.
Flores published a column last week and accused Biden of grabbing her shoulders, smelling her hair, and kissing her head without consent at a 2014 campaign event.
Flores told Tapper that she remained quiet since the alleged incident because the Democratic Party is less concerned with victims of sexual assault or unwanted sexual advances than it is with gaining power.
“And what I think is also important and part of the reason why I felt a little bit less pressure in terms of speaking out is that we are often pressured to keep our mouths shut about anything,” Flores said.
“We as party loyalists, as party stalwarts, as foot soldiers for the party, we are expected to, quote/unquote, keep our dirty laundry to ourselves,” she continued. “And it’s always in service to the party.”
Flores said she felt comfortable coming forward because “there are so many more incredible candidates” seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination.
“I felt a little less pressure in terms of feeling like I could speak out because we have options,” Flores said.
“We have options, and I don’t feel pressured to stay quiet and just take one for the team the way in which we’re always asked to do and never speak out about the things that we believe are wrong,” she added.
Flores published a piece in The Cut last week, where she explained that Biden approached her while she and several other speakers were waiting next to the stage.
“As I was taking deep breaths and preparing myself to make my case to the crowd, I felt two hands on my shoulders. I froze. ‘Why is the vice-president of the United States touching me?’” she wrote.
“I felt him get closer to me from behind. He leaned further in and inhaled my hair. I was mortified. I thought to myself, ‘I didn’t wash my hair today and the vice-president of the United States is smelling it. And also, what in the actual f*ck? Why is the vice-president of the United States smelling my hair?’ He proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head,” Flores added in the essay.
Aside from her bombshell allegations, it is also highly disturbing that Flores says Democrats try to silence victims when they come forward with their stories.
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