A former Nevada lawmaker is accusing Joe Biden of acting in a very inappropriate manner with her in 2014, and she says he shouldn't be allowed to treat women that way.
Lucy Flores is a former member of the Nevada State Assembly and a Democrat. She published a detailed account of what happened when she encountered Biden during an event for her election campaign in 2014.
I felt him get closer to me from behind. He leaned further in and inhaled my hair. I was mortified. I thought to myself, "I didn't wash my hair today and the vice-president of the United States is smelling it. And also, what in the actual fuck? Why is the vice-president of the United States smelling my hair?"
He proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head. My brain couldn't process what was happening. I was embarrassed. I was shocked. I was confused. There is a Spanish saying, "tragame tierra," it means, "earth, swallow me whole." I couldn't move and I couldn't say anything.
I wanted nothing more than to get Biden away from me. My name was called and I was never happier to get on stage in front of an audience.
Flores goes on to recount how Biden made her feel "uneasy, gross, and confused." She called his behavior "blatantly inappropriate and unnerving."
The former vice president is the frontrunner in the race for the democratic nomination despite not having officially declared a campaign yet.
Flores cited various other examples where Biden appeared to have bizarre and inappropriate actions with women, sometimes even on video and within view of photographers.
A spokesperson for Biden released a statement on Twitter in response to the accusations.
"Vice President Biden was pleased to support Lucy Flores's candidacy for Lieutenant Governor of Nevada in 2014 and to speak on her behalf at a well-attended public event," the statement read. "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," the statement continued.
"He respects Ms. Flores as a strong and independent voice in our politics and wishes her only the best," it concluded.
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