Pelosi Tells Biden To Keep Hands To Himself If He Wants 2020

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Former Vice President (VP) Joe Biden (D-DE) has not announced whether he is running in the 2020 presidential election. Pundits say that Donald Trump believes that Biden is the only person who could beat him. The former vice president is remembered fondly as “Uncle Joe” as he walked with President Barack Obama through his two campaigns and presidency. The former VP carries a long history of political service to the country and really does want to run against Trump, but a problem just raised its questionable head.

Democratic Lucy Flores ran for Lieutenant Governor of Nevada in 2014. She asked the former VP to support her campaign, and much to her surprise he agreed. Flores told The New York Times:

‘…(she was) grateful and flattered. (As she took the stage, she) felt two hands on my shoulders (and) froze. (Biden leaned in,) inhaled my hair, (and) proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head.’

Flores said that she did not consider what the former VP did a sexual assault, but rather an invasion of her space. Biden said that he did not think he was ever inappropriate on the campaign trial. In the statement he released, he said:

‘We have arrived at an important time when women feel they can and should relate their experiences, and men should pay attention. And I will.’

At a Washington breakfast event, Pelosi said Biden should keep his handshakes at an arm’s length and lay off the “touchy-feely era.” The Associated Press (AP) reported that the speaker advised Biden:

‘Join the straight-arm club. Just pretend you have a cold and I have a cold…

‘(Biden) has to understand that in the world we are in now people’s space is important to them and what’s important is how they receive it, not necessarily how you intended it.’

 

Speaker Pelosi added:

‘I don’t think that this disqualifies him from running for president, not at all.’

Amy Lappos, 43, was a former aide to Representative Jim Himes (D-CT). She told the AP that Himes’ aides were at a private Hartford, Connecticut home in 2009. That was when the former VP came into the kitchen to thank them. She said:

‘After he finished speaking, he stopped to talk to us about how important a congressional staff is, which I thought was awesome.’

She said she was stunned as Biden moved toward her.

‘He wrapped both his hands around my face and pulled me in. I thought, “Oh, God, he’s going to kiss me.” Instead, he rubbed noses with me.’

Presidential candidate for 2020 Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said:

‘(Biden) needs to give an answer.’

Another presidential candidate, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), has been an advocate for women’s rights throughout her political career, especially for women in the military. This subset has been especially endangered. The senator said:

‘If Vice President Biden becomes a candidate, this is a topic he’ll have to engage on further.’

The women’s advocacy group Ultraviolet tweeted:

‘Joe Biden cannot paint himself as a champion of women and then refuse to listen and learn from a woman who says his actions demeaned her. Good intentions don’t matter if the actions are inappropriate. Do better, Joe. And thank you @LucyFlores for coming forward.’