Does Biden Owe it to His Accuser Not to Run?

Michael Ottavio | @madmikepolitics

Ex-Vice President Joe Biden has been making headlines recently as he finds himself on the wrong end of a sexual harassment accusation. Biden, who dedicates his time to fighting sexual assault on college campuses, was accused by ex-Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores, of inappropriately kissing her at a 2014 campaign rally in Nevada.

Flores, who documented her experiences with Joe Biden in an essay for The Cut, a part of New York Magazine, said that the encounter happened behind the stage at a 2014 campaign rally. Flores said that Biden made her feel “uneasy, gross, and confused.”

These allegations come as Biden weighs throwing in his name as a candidate for the 2020 presidential elections. In her essay, Flores wrote, “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.” Flores continued, “I couldn’t move, and I couldn’t say anything. I wanted nothing more than to get Biden away from me.”

Flores made the decision to come forward because she didn’t think that Joe Biden’s behavior with women was properly scrutinized. Biden, whose strange interactions with women have mostly flown under the radar thus far during the #MeToo movement, has only recently attracted attention to interactions, sparking headlines such as “It’s so easy to Google ‘Creepy Biden’” from Politico.

In the initial statement, Biden’s spokesman Bill Russo said, “Neither then, nor in the years since, did (Biden) 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 read.

Joe Biden has been an outspoken anti-sexual assault advocate, dedicating a lot of his time to fighting against sexual assault on college campuses and violence against women in general. In an essay penned about sexual violence against women, Biden wrote, “We also know that sexual assault does not end with the attack: The physical, emotional, and interpersonal effects can last a lifetime. Without adequate support, survivors are at risk of suffering debilitating mental-health challenges and dropping out of school.” While it is obvious he was speaking about violent crimes, such as rape or other types of sexual assault, it is clear that Biden never cared to look at his own actions and weigh how they affect other people.

Biden continued, writing, “…campus sexual assault affects public health, diminishes quality of life, and reduces the earning potential of thousands of women.” Biden clearly understands how sexual assault can greatly affect a woman’s future, and in this case we have a woman, Lucy Flores, who has come forward nearly five years later with an experience that clearly still makes her uncomfortable to this day.

This is not meant to undermine Biden’s dedication to helping women and victims of sexual assault. It is always wonderful to see someone like Biden dedicate their time to helping others, but it does leave us with a big question: given Biden’s understanding of the matter, does he owe it to his accuser not to run for president?

Back in September of 2018, Justice Kavanaugh had found himself in the middle of the spotlight when Christine Blasey Ford came forward with unsubstantiated claims that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her back when the two were in college. We were told by almost every major Democrat that Kavanaugh did not deserve to hold a seat on the United States Supreme Court simply because there was an accusation made against him, even if the accusation would never go to trial.

Other Democrats, including presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, seem to flip-flop on the issue of sexual assault and harassment depending on who’s accused. Sanders said in a statement, ”I listened to Dr. Ford, and I listened to Judge Kavanaugh. I believe Dr. Ford. Brett Kavanaugh does not belong on the Supreme Court. If Judge Kavanaugh wants to clear his name of these very serious charges he should immediately demand a thorough FBI investigation. If not, the Senate should reject his nomination.”

Sanders, when asked about Biden’s accuser, stated, “not sure that one incident alone” disqualifies Joe Biden from running for president. Sanders moved on to say that he “has no reason to believe Flores.” So much for believing all women, right?

Democrats have a double standard when it comes to accusations made against men for sexual assault or harassment. If the accused is on their side of the aisle, the accusations are overlooked and the accuser made to be a liar. If the accused is a conservative, the accusation is immediately deemed valid and told to submit to an FBI investigation.

Judging by the google image results when you search creepy Joe Biden, it is clear that Joe probably owes a few women an apology. It is even more clear that he needs to take some time to reevaluate what he deems appropriate behavior with women who he has only a professional relationship with.

In most office settings, there is a pretty decent chance that replicating Biden’s actions would either get you fired or subject to some other form of disciplinary action. There is never a reason to sneak up behind a woman you’re working with, sniff her hair and give her an unwanted kiss.

Biden, who tried to delay the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh based on his past experiences with the Clarence Thomas hearings, claimed, “The MeToo movement has impacted all facets of our culture and our society and certainly our government and politics.” This is absolutely true, over the course of the past two years the #MeToo movement has greatly impacted everyone’s lives. It is good that there is a movement aimed at making it easier for women to come forward with their experiences. It is wonderful to see women all empowered and supported as they come forward, bringing light these issues. Its is clear Biden needs to take his own advice, step aside, and reevaluate his own actions before trying to take control of the country.

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