Former VP Amidst Multiple Sexual Harassment Claims
Joe Biden, the 2020 presidential race candidate and former vice president, is facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment.
The claims have brought up the issue of “disqualifying conduct,” according to NBC News.
On March 29, former Nevada State Assemblywoman Lucy Flores wrote for “The Cut” detailing a situation from 2014 involving Biden that made her uncomfortable. He reportedly “leaned further in and inhaled my hair” and “proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head,” according to her op-ed.
Three days later, former congressional aid Amy Lappos, accused Biden of “inappropriate behaviour” when he “reached for her face and rubbed noses with her” during a fundraiser in 2009 in Connecticut.
On April 2, the New York Times published two more accounts who allege that Joe Biden touched them inappropriately.
One, Caitlyn Caruso, said Biden put his hand on her thigh while she showed physical discomfort, and hugged her “just a little bit too long” at an event on sexual assault at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas when she was 19.
Second was the account of D.J. Hill, a writer who met Biden in 2012 at a fundraising event in Minneapolis: “When she and her husband, Robert, stepped up to take their photograph with the vice president, he put his hand on her shoulder and then started dropping it down her back, which made her “very uncomfortable.”
As senator, Biden oversaw the passage of the Violence Against Women Act in 1994, which he calls his “proudest legislative accomplishment.”
He continued this cause with the Obama administration and focus on what it said was an “epidemic of sexual violence by male students against their female classmates on college campuses,” according to Politico.