Former Vice President Joe Biden has a history of getting a little too comfortable around women. This has been going on for years. But now that he might run for president, all of this is coming out.
It might make Biden think twice about getting into the race.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Second #MeToo accuser comes forward: ‘Joe Biden can’t keep his hands to himself’
A second woman has come forward with a #MeToo allegation against former Vice President Joe Biden, saying he touched her inappropriately at a political fundraiser in 2009.
Amy Lappos, 43, who was a congressional aide to Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., at the time of the alleged incident, told the Washington Examiner that Biden, 76, should not run for president in 2020 and should support a female candidate instead.
She described how he put his hand around her neck and pulled her toward him to rub noses. She said she thought he was going to kiss her on the mouth. “This is the Al Franken thing all over again,” she said.
Lappos is the second woman to accuse Biden of inappropriate touching in recent days. On Friday, Lucy Flores, a former Nevada state assemblywoman, said Friday that Biden had touched her inappropriately and kissed her on the back of her head at a campaign rally in 2014.
Part of Biden’s problem is that he is from a different era which had different standards for behavior.
At least, that’s how Politico is framing it:
‘Friendly grandpa’ or creepy uncle? Generations split over Biden behavior
Now that Biden’s past physical interactions are under the microscope, there are signs that the behavior is being viewed through vastly different lenses, in many cases based on generational differences: What’s creepy to one person is welcome, or at least not bothersome, to another.
The discussion of inappropriate touching, however, comes just as Biden is preparing to announce whether he’ll enter the 2020 field against a historically diverse roster of Democrats. It’s the latest sign of a new playing field to which the 76-year-old Biden must adapt, even as factions within the party have expressed a hunger for fresh faces.
“I come from a different generation, people were really friendly and were not afraid to show it,” Buell, who supports Kamala Harris in the Democratic primary, said. “He’s a hand-holder, he’s appreciative of people who’ve done good things. And if he appreciates you, he likes to show it. He’ll hold your hand, he’ll hug you. I hate to see that being chased off.”
This is a real problem for Democrats. Biden is currently polling higher than all other candidates. But some Democratic voters will shun him as a candidate over this issue.