Former Nevada State Senator Lucy Flores has written a scathing op-ed for New York Magazine, where she shared a personal story involving unwanted sexual advances from former VP Joe Biden.
I found my way to the holding room for the speakers, where everyone was chatting, taking photos, and getting ready to speak to the hundreds of voters in the audience. Just before the speeches, we were ushered to the side of the stage where we were lined up by order of introduction. As I was taking deep breaths and preparing myself to make my case to the crowd, I felt two hands on my shoulders. I froze. “Why is the vice-president of the United States touching me?”
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.
— 17 Patriots (@17patriotsfight) March 30, 2019
Her story came out after Biden blamed a “white man’s culture” for sexual assaults against women in America.
The Washington Times reported that Biden on Tuesday blamed “white man’s culture” for the persistence of sexual assaults against women in America.
“It’s an institution, a culture, a white man’s culture. It’s got to change,” Mr. Biden said at an award ceremony for students working to end rape on college campuses.
He took on the culture of men and white men in particular as he prepared to enter a crowded Democratic presidential race, which includes several women and black candidates.
Mr. Biden said that recent sexual assault allegations aired at confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh showed that very little had changed since Anita Hill made similar allegations during Justice Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearings in 1991.
Biden has a long and sorted history of appearing “inappropriate” with woman and children.
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Joe Biden’s camp has responded to the sexual harassment allegation:
Biden spokesman Bill Russo said in a statement that the former vice president “was pleased” to support Flores and hold the event for her. “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,” Russo said.
“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,” Russo continued. “He respects Ms. Flores as a strong and independent voice in our politics and wishes her only the best.”
Per Heavy, Flores wrote that after Biden’s “big slow kiss” she felt a mixture of emotions, all of them negative. She said that she felt “uneasy, gross, and confused” after what felt like a very intimate touch from a powerful man who was supposed to be helping to advance her political career. She wrote:
“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.”