Former political candidate Lucy Flores alleged in an article Friday that Joe Biden “plant[ed] a big slow kiss on the back of my head.” She also has said that Biden also smelled her hair as he reached in for the kiss. In a statement shortly afterward, a Biden spokesperson denied that the vice president or his staff had been aware that Flores was uncomfortable, Fox News reported.
“In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort,” Biden said in his own statement Sunday. “And not once — never — did I believe I acted inappropriately. If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully. But it was never my intention.” Fox continued.
The New York Times said that Flores alleged that Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., touched and kissed” her.
In his statement, Biden emphasized that “not once — never — did I believe I acted inappropriately” but pledged to listen to those who have accused him of doing so. He did not describe in detail the “expressions of affection,” but said there were also “countless handshakes, hugs” and attempts to “support and comfort” people he met, the New York Times said.
OUR FREE OPINION
We are not one of Biden’s biggest fans, but this case does not pass the “smell test” (NPI). Here we have, yet another #meetoo moment where a woman comes out of the woodwork to make a claim of inappropriate sexual contact about a politician from alleged events in the remote past. What are her motives? Given Biden’s denial of any wrongful intent, and his pro-woman stances, she suggests that he is suffering from a disconnect– maybe she is.
We reached a different opinion in former Al Franken’s matter, but the facts of his case are distinguishable in the sense that there were pictures. Moreover, Franken’s hypocritical stance on Republicans and women (including President Trump) was troubling to us– mainly because he judged without thoughtful examination.
We don’t know what happened here, but regardless, we give the former Vice President a pass in this case until such time that he is afforded due process. Flores’ naked allegations are blatantly inadequate to reach any other conclusion yet.
UPDATE: 7 or more other women have come forward with similar allegations. However, numbers alone do not persuade us to reach a different conclusion. The complaints are all rooted in the biased #metoo ideology and require strict scrutiny.