‘Somebody gets close enough to smell my hair, they may get to smell my hair, but they may lose some teeth. …’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., said the accusations of unwanted touching against former Vice President Joe Biden show that “creepy old men” have no place in today’s culture.
Seven women have come forward and shared their stories of uncomfortable interactions with Biden in which he inappropriately touched them without their consent.
But Kennedy told reporters on Thursday that while Biden’s actions were “inappropriate,” the former vice president hasn’t been proved guilty of anything.
“Just because you’re accused of something doesn’t mean you’re guilty of it,” he said, according to the Washington Times. “This is America and you do have a right to due process.”
“On the other hand, this is no country for creepy old men and it needs to stop,” he continued. “Do I consider it inappropriate to smell someone’s hair, to get so close that I smell their hair? Yes! I mean, duh. You know, somebody gets close enough to smell my hair, they may get to smell my hair but they may lose some teeth. I mean, it’s inappropriate.”
In a video on Thursday, Biden pledged to be more mindful of personal space, without apologizing for his past actions.
“In my career, I’ve always tried to make a human connection. That’s my responsibility,” Biden said.
“I shake hands, I hug people, I grab men and women by the shoulders and say, ‘You can do this.’ Whether they’re men, women, young, old, it’s the way I’ve always been. It’s the way I’ve tried to show I care about them and I’m listening,” .
The 2020 presidential hopeful acknowledged that “social norms” are changing, but added, “Politics to me has always been about making connections.”
But Kennedy reiterated there was a clear boundary of personal space that was unacceptable to cross.
“This is no country for creepy old men,” he said again. “And leaning in and smelling a guy’s hair or a woman’s hair is a little bit too close for my judgment.”