Arizona Democrat Lucy Flores appeared on State of the Union today to discuss speaking out on former Vice President Joe Biden’s alleged inappropriate touching of her in 2014.
Flores has opened up a much-needed discussion of Joe Biden’s repeated groping of women and children over the years.
She penned a first-hand account in New York Magazine (see below) on what Biden did to her at a rally when she was running for lieutenant governor in Arizona.
Flores spoke out today to call on Biden to acknowledge what he did and to say he’ll change his behavior:
“I want him to change his behavior. And I want him to acknowledge it was wrong.”
I want this to be a bigger discussion about how there is no accountability structure within our political space, either for instances in which women feel that there was inappropriate behavior or more serious instances and allegations of sexual assault, et cetera. We are not protected in politics.
Frankly, on a much larger scale, we also need to have a conversation about powerful men feeling that they have… that they have the right to invade a woman’s space whenever they’d this really is about women feeling like we have agency.
Former Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores alleges Joe Biden kissed the back of her head in 2014 at a campaign rally: “It was shocking because you don’t expect that kind of intimate behavior, you don’t expect that kind of intimacy from someone so powerful.” https://t.co/TPW11aKIGg pic.twitter.com/VS5SpV3N2L
— CNN (@CNN) March 31, 2019
Our previous report on Flores:
Lucy Flores writes a stunning description of her first-hand experience with former Vice President Biden in which she claims he groped and kissed her.
The description of what happened to Flores sounds exactly like what you see happening in the many photos we’ve all seen of Biden creeping on women. Young or old, it really doesn’t matter.
Biden has a way of invading the space of so many women who look exactly how Flores described her experience: Mortified!
Flores describes the encounter in New York Magazine’s ‘The Cut’
She’s a Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor of Nevada looking for some help just three days before the election in 2014. She was ‘grateful and flattered’ to have VP Joe Biden offer to make an appearance at a campaign rally along with Eva Longoria.
I found my way to the holding room for the speakers, where everyone was chatting, taking photos, and getting ready to speak to the hundreds of voters in the audience. Just before the speeches, we were ushered to the side of the stage where we were lined up by order of introduction. As I was taking deep breaths and preparing myself to make my case to the crowd, I felt two hands on my shoulders. I froze. “Why is the vice-president of the United States touching me?”
I felt him get closer to me from behind. He leaned further in and inhaled my hair. I was mortified. I thought to myself, “I didn’t wash my hair today and the vice-president of the United States is smelling it. And also, what in the actual fuck? Why is the vice-president of the United States smelling my hair?” He proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head. My brain couldn’t process what was happening. I was embarrassed. I was shocked. I was confused. There is a Spanish saying, “tragametierra,” it means, “earth, swallow me whole.” I couldn’t move and I couldn’t say anything. I wanted nothing more than to get Biden away from me. My name was called and I was never happier to get on stage in front of an audience.
Flores describes her shock and feeling about what just happened. She describes her sudden feeling of being disrespected by Biden and how this would be different if it had been the real working world. Flores says she would have complained to the HR department but where do you complain on the campaign trail?
The vice-president of the United States of America had just touched me in an intimate way reserved for close friends, family, or romantic partners — and I felt powerless to do anything about it.
In politics, you shrug it off, smile for the cameras, and get back to the task of trying to win your race.
Flores says she moved on with her life until pictures started to surface of Biden groping other women. She says that had she never seen those photos, she wouldn’t have spoken out.
Had I never seen those pictures, I may have been able to give Biden the benefit of the doubt. Had there not been multiple articles written over the years about the exact same thing — calling his creepy behavior an “open secret” — perhaps it would feel less offensive.
She says she was fearful of speaking out but hearing of Biden’s potential candidacy, she decided to speak up to tell her story.
Waiting for the #MeToo movement to address this repeat offender.