‘He is extremely affectionate, extremely flirtatious in a completely safe way…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski defended former Vice President Joe Biden after a series of reports surfaced accusing the 2020 hopeful of inappropriately touching women and little girls.
A Nevada state representative, Lucy Flores, wrote in an article for The Cut that Biden kissed her without her consent at a political rally five years ago.
“I felt two hands on my shoulders. I froze,” she wrote. “‘Why is the vice president of the United States touching me?’ He proceeded to plant a big, slow kiss on the back of my head.”
Brzezinski defended Biden as a personal friend, arguing that he has always been “extremely affectionate” to those around him.
“There’s a lot of things I know about Joe Biden– I’ve known him for a long time — he is extremely affectionate, extremely flirtatious in a completely safe way,” she said. “I am sure that somebody can misconstrue something he’s done. But as much as I can know what’s in anyone’s heart, I don’t think there is bad intent on his part at all.”
Flores, however, wrote that Biden’s unwanted behavior “made me feel uneasy, gross, and confused,” adding, “even if his behavior wasn’t violent or sexual, it was demeaning and disrespectful.”
Biden spokesman Bill Russo responded to Flores’s allegations with a statement: “Neither then, nor in the years since, did [Biden] or the staff with him at the time have an inkling that Ms. Flores had been at any time uncomfortable, nor do they recall what she describes.”
Throughout his political career, however, Biden has been photographed awkwardly touching women in pubic, including Stephanie Carter, the wife of then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter.
Carter pushed back at any accusations that Biden crossed the line in the now viral image, though, claiming his interactions with her were “not a #MeToo moment.”
“A still shot taken from a video — misleadingly extracted from what was a longer moment between close friends — sent out in a snarky tweet — came to be the lasting image of that day,” Carter said. “I won’t pretend that this will be the last of that picture, but it will be the last of other people speaking for me.”