Former Vice President Joe Biden is hitting back at President Trump after the president posted a meme video concerning recent allegations of inappropriate touching which have surfaced against Biden.
In the video, which President Trump posted to his Twitter, Biden is giving an apology to those women who may have been uncomfortable with his invading of their personal space or any inappropriate touching. While Biden is giving the apology, another Joe Biden is creeping up behind him and is touching and kissing him.
Several of the women who have come forward with allegations claimed the touching was not sexual in nature but it did make them feel uncomfortable.
Trump captioned the video, “WELCOME BACK JOE.”
Here it is:
WELCOME BACK JOE! pic.twitter.com/b2NbBSX3sx
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 4, 2019
“I see that you are on the job and presidential, as always,” Biden shot back in a tweet.
I see that you are on the job and presidential, as always. https://t.co/j7wh3opXOv
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 4, 2019
The Washington Examiner adds:
Seven women have said Biden touched them without permission and made them uncomfortable.
“Today, I want to talk about gestures of support and encouragement to women and some men, I’ve made them uncomfortable,” Biden said in his video Wednesday. “In my career, I’ve always tried to make a human connection, that’s 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 they’re women, men, young, old, it’s the way I’ve always been.”
Biden has yet to announce he’s running for president, but is expected to do so in the coming weeks. He has led many polls of possible Democratic contenders for the party’s 2020 nominee.
The former president has more than a half-dozen allegations against him and a new allegation surfaced on Thursday when Sofie Karasek, a sexual assault survivors advocate, penned her interaction in an op-ed, Politico reports.
In the Washington Post op-ed, Karasek said she felt “shame and belittlement” when a photo of her and Biden at the 2016 Oscars began to go viral. In the picture, Biden has his forehead pressed to hers and is holding her hands close. The action itself was “unwelcome, uncomfortable and strange,” Karasek said.
She also said she hopes Biden takes more responsibility for his actions amid the numerous allegations.
Here’s more from Karasek’s op-ed:
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Biden introduced the performance and asked to meet us afterward. I felt the urgency of this crisis coursing through my body — that the failure to support survivors could lead to more deaths — and I told him Rondini’s story. In response, he leaned down, took my hands and put his forehead to mine.
I was taken aback. I averted my eyes, hoping my body language could shorten the interaction. I didn’t think he was going to kiss me, but it felt like if I met his eyes, it wasn’t out of the question, either. It was unwelcome, uncomfortable and strange. At the same time, I was glad to convey this serious message to him, glad it seemed to resonate with him.