After several women have come forward in the last week to accuse him for inappropriate touching and behavior, former Vice President Joe Biden apparently believes it is all a joke.
Biden spoke at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Conference on Friday morning and wasted little time joking about the allegations against him.
At one point in his speech, Biden invited a group of kids onto the stage with him and brought one young boy over close to him.
After putting his arm around the young boy, Biden said, “by the way, he gave me permission to touch him.”
Biden and the room laughed and found the disgusting joke to be quite hilarious.
Biden calls kids up on stage, puts his arm around a boy and says «by the way, he gave me permission to touch him» pic.twitter.com/XkfrgtwYC8
— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) 5 апреля 2019 г.
Biden finding it comical to joke about having permission to touch kids comes after four women have come forward with allegations against the former vice president.
According to The New York Times, the two women — Caitlyn Caruso and D. J. Hill — both recalled to the Times their experiences with Biden touching them inappropriately and making them feel uncomfortable.
Caruso said Biden rested his hand on her thigh even as she tried to squirm in her seat to signal that she was uncomfortable.
This allegedly took place about three years ago while at an event on sexual assault at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.
Caruso, who said she was 19-years-old at the time, said Biden also hugged her “just a little bit too long.”
Caruso told the Times that the entire encounter with the former vice president was deeply uncomfortable because she had just spoken about her own sexual assault and assumed Biden would respect her space.
It doesn’t even really cross your mind that such a person would dare perpetuate harm like that. These are supposed to be people you can trust,” Caruso said.
Hill, the second women who spoke to the Times, recalled an incident with Biden in 2012.
Hill claims the then-vice president placed his hand on her shoulder and began to run it down her back, which she said made her “very uncomfortable.”
“Only he knows his intent,” she added.
Hill’s and Caruso’s statements follow allegations brought by two other women in the last week — former Nevada state lawmaker Lucy Flores and Amy Lappos, a former congressional aide to Connecticut Democratic Rep. Jim Himes.
Flores published a column last week and accused Biden of grabbing her shoulders, smelling her hair, and kissing her head without consent at a 2014 campaign event.
Lappos claimed that during a fundraising event in 2009, Biden grabbed her head and pulled her in close to rub noses.
Despite four women accusing Biden of highly inappropriate behavior in the past week, it’s all apparently just one big joke to him.