Former Vice President and possible presidential hopeful Joe Biden has faced public backlash after several women have come forward claiming that he touched them inappropriately or made them feel uncomfortable with his interactions.
During the 2016 campaign, at least 15 women accused Trump of misbehavior ranging from sexual harassment and sexual assault to lewd behavior around women. "To make light of something as serious as consent degrades the conversation women everywhere are courageously trying to have", tweeted ex-state Assemblywoman Lucy Flores. Biden said. "Everyone knows I like kids better than people".
Asked about his intentions about running for President, Biden exposed his strategy. He also hugged the male union president, Lonnie R. Stephenson, cracking, "I just want you to know, I had permission to hug Lonnie".
"I think he's only a threat to himself", Trump said at the White House before departing on a trip to California. "And I hate they way things have changed over the past 15-20 years".
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"By the way, he gave me permission to touch him!" he said.
Biden attempted to tamp down the controversy with a video in which he vowed to be "more mindful about respecting personal space in the future".
Though he hasn't formally announced, Biden on Friday made clear he's expecting to run again for president, saying lawyers warned him he needs to speak carefully about his intentions but that he expects to "be standing before you all relatively soon". "That's my responsibility and I will meet it".
But I always believe, governing, quite frankly, life for that matter is about connecting, connecting with people. Apparently to back up his opinion that child sex trafficking does no "damage" to children, he reportedly said, "If an uncle takes his niece or nephew to a playground, and they go on the merry-go-round and have some ice cream, and then do their thing, that's just part of the experience". "And so it's all changed". If he runs for president he's going to win because he is Joe Biden.