In First Speech Following Allegations, Biden Makes Joke About Inappropriate Touching

Joe Biden began a speech Friday before the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) with a joke about having permission to touch women and children.

Several women have come forward in recent days, accusing Biden of inappropriately touching them and making them feel uncomfortable. The accusations began when former Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores wrote a column alleging the potential 2020 candidate inappropriately kissed her and smelled her hair.

Biden’s history of being handsy with women and children has been an open secret for some time. He even has a history of making female Secret Service agents uncomfortable by skinny dipping or walking around the house without clothes.

All of it has been given extra scrutiny with new allegations and the backdrop of the #MeToo movement. Biden, in his first public comments, decided to go with the comedy routine to deflect from the controversy.

Permission to Hug

After being introduced by IBEW President Lonnie Stephenson, who gave him a pat on the shoulder, Biden told the crowd, “I just want you to know, I had permission to hug Lonnie.”

It’s difficult to ascertain how joking about the subject matter at hand will play out for those taking the personal space complaints toward the former vice president quite seriously.

After receiving a generally positive response to the joke, Biden felt comfortable about repeating it later on when he invited some children up on stage.

After shaking their hands, Biden put his arm around one of the boys on stage joking, “By the way, he gave me permission to touch him.”

Biden added, “I like kids better than people.”

Trump’s Response

One can only imagine what President Trump could use to mock Biden after hearing that sound bite.

Earlier this week, the President shared a video of Joe Biden discussing his unwanted touching of women, complete with edits of the vice president approaching himself from behind, grabbing his shoulders, and sniffing his hair.

“Social norms have begun to change,” Biden said in the video response to the allegations. “They’ve shifted, and the boundaries of protecting personal space have been reset, and I get it, I get it.”

“I hear what they’re saying. I understand it. And I’ll be much more mindful―that’s my responsibility. That’s my responsibility, and I’ll meet it.”

Does being ‘mindful’ mean cracking jokes about what others have taken as a serious breach of etiquette and behavior by a man who’s seeking to become President?

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance writer focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been following and analyzing the political climate for several years, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, FoxNews.com and more.

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  • He sounds like Michael Jackson. Jackson liked kids too. So much in fact that he slept with them.

  • He makes light of it and the audience laughs ( so no biggie to the hypocrites now ), and then he states,"I like kids better than people." What?!!

  • i want to hear biden explain how he lost his running mate.what's her name uh, uh, o yea stacy abrams,why didn't he hug and rub her?she might enjoy his touchy,feely bouts.his arms are not long enough to hug her.

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