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Dick Durbin: ‘One Allegation’ Of Sexual Misconduct Shouldn’t Disqualify Biden 2020

Molly Prince on March 31, 2019

Democratic Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin revealed Sunday that he does not believe one allegation of sexual misconduct is enough to prevent former Vice President Joe Biden from running for president in 2020.

“Certainly one allegation is not disqualifying, but should be taken seriously,” Durbin replied when Chuck Todd asked on “Meet the Press” if former Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores’s claim against Biden was enough to derail his candidacy.

Flores came out with her allegations against the prospective presidential candidate Friday in the New York Magazine op-ed titled “An Awkward Kiss Changed How I Saw Joe Biden.” She claimed Biden, who was campaigning for Flores at the time, kissed her and smelled her hair without consent.

“Joe Biden is a friend and a seasoned veteran when it comes to political campaigns — I know nothing about the allegations, that I also read this morning as well,” Durbin said. “I think all of us should take each allegation seriously and with respect.”

“I took Joe Biden’s statement to say just that exactly,” he noted, referencing the following statement from Biden’s spokesperson that was included in the article:

Neither then, nor in the years since, did he 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. But Vice President Biden believes that Ms. Flores has every right to share her own recollection and reflections, and that it is a change for better in our society that she has the opportunity to do so. He respects Ms. Flores as a strong and independent voice in our politics and wishes her only the best.

“Yes, I think he’s ready if that’s his decision to move forward in this presidential campaign,” Durbin continued. “We have a spirited field of 15 or 16 candidates across the spectrum in the Democratic Party and its values.”

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  • Larry Flynt and Bob Guccione (Hustler and Penthouse magazine publishers) showed more respect for women and their personal space and sexual integrity than creepy Handsie Uncle Joe Biden ever thought of doing.

  • It's not clear that Durbin isn't REALLY going to throw Biden under the bus because he, and
    everyone else, knows that there is more than one incident in Biden's portfolio. There are
    myriad examples of Biden's being hyper-affectionate in the public record. If Durbin were
    actually trying to give Biden a pass he would not set him up for "more than one" when it
    inevitably turns out to be MANY. A real defense would be that "Joe is just that way" and it's always in public.

  • You only have to search for it in youtube to be inundated with videos showing Creepy Uncle Perv Joe Biden cuddling young girls.

  • Why not? You're wanting to impeach and convict President Trump on something that never existed. So, that only goes one way does it?

  • Hey ... to be fair I only felt her up once. And the other women just once. And the little girl just once. And that young boy, well ... we won't go  there:)

  • if that was TRUMP you would want to lynch him right DICK durbin? another two-faced democratic senator.

  • NOT JUST ONE INCIDENT. THERE ARE AT LEAST 8 THAT I HAVE SEEN ON TV DURING THE LAST CAMPAIGN!

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