Second woman accuses Joe Biden of inappropriate touching

Saul Bowman
April 3, 2019

After months of speculation, the former New York City mayor said last month that he would not seek the presidency, writing in a statement that he was "clear-eyed" about the obstacles to securing the nomination in the packed Democratic field.

The billionaire has reportedly been telling friends that he could join the crowded Democratic primary field if "a centrist lane were to open up", Mike Allen writes.

Huntsman also questioned Flores' motive bringing up the incident five years later with Biden likely close to launching a 2020 presidential bid.

That possibility looks more real now that it has at any moment in the past six months.

Echoing the defense Biden has been getting from pundits like CNN's Van Jones, Goldberg said Biden might be "a little overly familiar" and "a hands-on kind of guy", but she had trouble believing he could make anyone feel "violated".

"I think the next time I see Joe Biden and he doesn't hug me, and give me a kiss and hold my hand while we're talking to you, that's the new Joe Biden, and that's not the Joe Biden I knew", Brzezinski said, clearly saddened.

The reported blow-up between Team Biden and Team Bernie follows multiple accusations of "inappropriate touching" against Biden, the first of which was published by The Cut on Friday.

Pelosi said she has known Biden for decades and shared that her grandchildren "love Joe Biden", adding: "He's a very affectionate person". "One prominent backer thinks Biden will run, and 'is ready to kill Bernie'".

"I respect Lucy Flores' decision to share her story and agree with Biden that we all must pay attention to it".

Amy Lappos from CT told the Hartford Courant that during a political fundraiser in 2009 when Biden was Vice President and she was a congressional aide, Biden crossed a line.

"He wrapped both his hands around my face and pulled me in", said Lappos, who is now 43.

But I have been - I have covered him out in the wild over the years where I did a story in 2014, it wasn't anything remarkable at the time, where he kissed a 100-year-old grandma and went in for a hug.

'I never filed a complaint, to be honest, because he was the vice president. I froze. 'Why is the vice-president of the United States touching me?' I felt him get closer to me from behind.

'There's absolutely a line of decency.

'So far these two women have gotten national coverage for something they say was not sexual. That's ridiculous. That is saying that Biden, because he is a good man at heart, deserves to touch women in a way that makes some of them incredibly uncomfortable, simply because he wants to. It's not cultural. It's not affection.

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