While top Democrats like Nancy Pelosi are defending Joe Biden from accusations of “inappropriate touching”, the situation just gets worse:
The New York Times is reporting that two more women have come forward to say they experienced unwanted touching from former Vice President Joe Biden.
They say they were made uncomfortable by encounters with Biden:
Caitlyn Caruso is a 22-year-old college student and the second accuser is a 59-year-old writer named D.J. Hill.
Ms. Caruso told the Times that Biden put his hand on her thigh, despite her squirming back at him. The ironic thing is that Ms. Caruso was speaking about her story of sexual assault at an event on sexual assault! It’s hard to imagine what this survivor of sexual assault had to go through with repeated unwanted touching from Biden:
At the encounter three years ago at an event on sexual assault at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Mr. Biden also hugged Ms. Caruso “just a little bit too long.”
While Ms. Caruso said she said nothing publicly and just considered the encounter how men are, she felt, the Times wrote “particularly uncomfortable because she had just shared her own story of sexual assault and had expected Mr. Biden — an architect of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act — to understand the importance of physical boundaries.”
“It doesn’t even really cross your mind that such a person would dare perpetuate harm like that,” Ms. Caruso told the Times. “These are supposed to be people you can trust.”
Ms. D. J. Hill and her husband Robert were having their pictures taken with Biden at a 2012 fundraiser in Minneapolis when he began to get so handsy with her that Hill’s husband had to intervene:
Mr. Biden put his arm around Ms. Hill’s shoulder and then began moving it down her back making her “very uncomfortable,” she told the Times.
Mr. Hill saw her reaction and then put his arm on Mr. Biden’s shoulder and made a joke to interrupt. According to
Ms. Hill, she also said nothing then and didn’t know Mr. Biden’s intent or even whether he sensed any awkwardness from the Hills.
“Only he knows his intent,” Ms. Hill said, but “if something makes you feel uncomfortable, you have to feel able to say it.”
LUCY FLORES TELLS HER STORY:
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.
Just as you would imagine these types of encounters in the many pictures happened, this is what happened to Flores:
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.