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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Michael Bloomberg SLAMMED in Dem Debate Pile-On
The billionaire was targeted by the Democratic primary field.
Michael Bloomberg was a target for the Democratic Primary field during his first debate stage appearance on Wednesday, being roundly criticized by several of the other five Democratic candidates participating.
The debate, held in Las Vegas days before the Nevada caucuses, differed from previous events on account of the smaller number of candidates.
Bloomberg has skyrocketed to a competitive second place in most polling of the Democratic primary, seeming to siphon most of Joe Biden’s support and staking out a claim as the Democrat to take on Bernie Sanders. The New York billionaire, who has not appeared on the ballot in the first two primary states, is aiming for a string of Super Tuesday victories.
Elizabeth Warren may have landed the most concrete blow of the night on the record-setting campaign spender, calling out Bloomberg for a history of insensitive remarks targeting women. She also went on to question Bloomberg about reports of him forcing women to sign non-disclosure agreements after sexually harassing them.
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) February 20, 2020
It’s probably safe to say that Bloomberg was the biggest loser of the night. The debate represented the first opportunity for the billionaire to face criticism from other Democrats, and he generally failed to answer the ire of the primary field with anything too meaningful.
Bloomberg’s biggest moment of the night may have been when he called out Sanders for owning three homes, likening him to the billionaires the democratic socialist frequently criticizes.
BLOOMBERG: "What a wonderful country we have! The most well-known socialist in the country is a millionaire with three houses."
SANDERS: "Well I live in Washington."
BLOOMBERG: "That's the problem."pic.twitter.com/bTWxnKVJFR
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) February 20, 2020
Sanders hit Bloomberg on his controversial record of instituting ‘Stop and Frisk’ policing practices as mayor of New York City, claiming that the program was discriminatory against Black and Latino people.
Even Buttigieg, a candidate who is well-funded by billionaire campaign donors, hit Bloomberg for his blatant attempt to buy the Democratic nomination. The somewhat more rancorous tone of the debate made previous walk-in-the-park debates appear to be a snoozefest.
Considering he at least implicitly is the frontrunner for the nomination, it’s probably safe to say Bernie Sanders exited the debate as the de facto winner. Sanders holds a resounding lead in polling for the upcoming Nevada caucuses, and a win coupled with a blow to Bloomberg’s campaign could give him the momentum required for a dominant Super Tuesday performance.
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