Former Vice President Joe Biden released a video addressing the multiple women who say he made them uncomfortable with his seemingly sexual touching, saying he will learn to be more mindful of personal space.
Biden has been embroiled with controversy after at least three women came forward to say his disrespect toward their bodies made them feel uncomfortable, and now he has released a video on Twitter pledging to change and learn to respect personal boundaries.
“I want to talk about gestures of support I’ve made to women and some men that have made them uncomfortable,” said Biden. “In my career I’ve always tried to make a human connection, that’s my responsibility. I shake hands, I huge people, I grab men and women by the shoulders and say you can do this. Women, men, young, old, it’s the way I’ve always been.”
Biden continued to admit that he frequently touches people, saying it is how he shows he is “listening to you.”
“I’ve never thought of politics as cold and antiseptic,” said Biden, before adding that “Social norms have began to change and they’re shifting and boundaries around protecting personal space have been reset, and I get it. I hear what they’re saying, I understand, and I’ll be much more mindful.”
He then made the pledge that he “will be more mindful and respectful of people’s personal space,” adding, “and that’s a good thing.”
Biden then added a virtue signal to his video statement, telling viewers that he has “worked my whole life to empower women. I’ve worked my whole life to confront abuse.”
He concluded, “So the idea that I can’t adjust to the fact that perosnal space is important, more important than it’s ever been, is just not true. I will, I will.”
Social norms are changing. I understand that, and I’ve heard what these women are saying. Politics to me has always been about making connections, but I will be more mindful about respecting personal space in the future. That’s my responsibility and I will meet it. pic.twitter.com/Ya2mf5ODts
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 3, 2019
As multiple media outlets attempt to downplay Biden’s alleged sexual contact, including the failing Washington Post which described it as “affectionate,” President Donald J. Trump is making it a central issue. President Trump directly hit Biden for the controversy during a televised speech at the NRCC yesterday.
Conservative talk radio legend Rush Limbaugh also chimed in, saying the Biden scandal is “growing” and “splitting the Democrat ranks” earlier today on his radio show.
Before the controversy broke, Biden was expected to announce his candidacy for president last week.
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