Call him hypocrite-in-chief: President Donald Trump mocked Joe Biden on Tuesday over allegations that the former-vice president had touched women inappropriately, joking that he “felt like Joe Biden” after asking a general to “give me a kiss.”
Four women have now reported experiencing uncomfortable touching from Biden. Trump, on the other hand, has been accused of sexual misconduct by at least 23 women, including multiple allegations of sexual assault.
During the presidential campaign, Trump’s remarks about grabbing women “by the pussy” and kissing them without their consent became a flashpoint of #MeToo male misconduct. Trump is well aware of this, and it’s possible that his shameless chiding of Joe Biden is strategic — in line with his habit of intentionally stoking outrage to “own the libs.”
Or maybe it was his twisted way of expressing solidarity with Biden. Speaking at a fundraiser for the National Republican Congressional Committee, Trump also suggested that both he and the former vice president were victims of false claims manufactured by their political opponents. Biden, Trump said, was “being taken care of pretty well by the socialists.”
“I was going to say, ‘Welcome to the world, Joe. You having a good time, Joe?’” said Trump.
Concern about Biden’s touchy behavior became front-page news last week after former Nevada state legislator Lucy Flores said that he had behaved inappropriately during a 2014 campaign rally. Amy Lappos, a former congressional aide to Rep. Jim Himes, said on Monday that she felt disturbed and disrespected after Biden rubbed his nose against hers at a 2009 fundraiser.
Two other women, Caitlyn Caruso and D.J. Hill, have also come forward with similar allegations reported by the New York Times. Caruso said she was 19 when Biden rested his hand on her thigh during an event at the University of Nevada after she spoke about surviving sexual assault. Hill said that Biden made her “very uncomfortable” by dropping his hand down her back while the two took a photograph in 2012, but that her husband interrupted him and she was unsure whether Biden was aware of her discomfort.
Biden has defended his behavior as affectionate rather than inappropriate, but pledged to “listen respectfully” to any claims made against him.
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