Former Vice President Joe Biden said he will be more mindful of others personal space in the wake of inappropriate touching allegations.
Biden responded to the accusations on Wednesday in a video that he tweeted, saying that social norms have begun to change…the boundaries of protecting personal space have been reset. I get it.
Multiple women have recently made public statements claiming that Biden made them uneasy by touching them, with the latest allegations coming Tuesday from two women who described separate uncomfortable encounters with Biden, one in 2012 and one in 2016, to the New York Times.
Biden explained his actions in the tweet by saying: I want to talk about gestures of support and encouragement that Ive made to women and some men thatve made them uncomfortable, and Ive always tried in my career to make a human connection. Thats my responsibility I think. I shake hands. I hug people. I grab men and women by the shoulders and say “you can do this.'”
Whether theyre men, women, young, old, its the way Ive always been and the way Ive tried to show them I care about them and Im listening…Its just who I am. Ive never thought of politics as cold and antiseptic. Ive always thought about it as connecting people. Shaking hands, hands on the solider, a hug, encouragement. Now, its all about taking selfies together
Bidens response, coming so swiftly after his latest accusation, suggests that he may announce a presidential run in the near future. He also appeared to allude to an upcoming campaign announcement in his opening statement in the video, saying :Folks, in the coming month, I expect to be talking to you about a whole lot of issues.
On Friday, Bidens staffers worked to mitigate damage done by an essay by former Nevada assemblywoman, Lucy Flores, who wrote that Biden made her feel uneasy, gross and confused when he came up from behind her and kissed the back of her head.
Just before Flores first TV appearance, Biden released a statment that said: In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have Read More – Source