‘Creepy Joe strikes again’: Biden calls 10-year-old girl ‘good looking’ at campaign event
During the American Federation of Teachers town hall campaign event on Tuesday, the 10 year-old-girl asked Biden a question about political division in the US. Biden approached her and said: “I’ll bet you’re as bright as you are good-looking.”
Joe Biden, who has publicly stated that he would stop touching women without their permission and would respect their space, touches a young girl at a campaign rally— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) May 28, 2019
Biden tells her, “I bet you’re as bright as you are good looking” pic.twitter.com/CtAVELvYrX
He then asked the girl what her favorite subject was. When she said it was journalism, he brought her to where the media was gathered and put his hands on her shoulders, letting them linger for what seemed to be an uncomfortable amount of time, while sermonizing about the value of a free press.
The moment immediately raised eyebrows online, with Washington Post reporter Felicia Sonmez calling he exchange an “odd moment.” Many went further, however, saying that the interaction indicated a “staggering lack of self-awareness” and “clear lack of perception of acceptable behavior.”
Staggering lack of self-awareness— Bryce Williams, PT, GCS (@beephlatPT) May 29, 2019
It’s weird and awkward. I’m sorry, I like him as a person but this shows a clear lack of perception of acceptable behavior.— Madbluecat (@nkax62) May 29, 2019
Fellow Democratic presidential candidate Senator Mike Gravel tweeted that Biden’s “creepiness around young girls” is “not something to be dismissed.”
Not only is Joe Biden's creepiness around young girls not something to be dismissed lightly, his refusal to fully apologize and change his ways is indicative of how little he cares about sexual assault. We deserve a meaningful improvement over Donald Trump: Joe ain't it.— Sen. Mike Gravel (@MikeGravel) May 29, 2019
Numerous women have accused Biden of making them feel uncomfortable with his overly-affectionate ways. Last month he released a video message, saying he understood that social norms had shifted and vowed to be “more mindful about respecting personal space in the future.”
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
Not everyone thought the moment was problematic, however. Some commented that Biden was just a ‘touchy-feely’ kind of person and suggested people shouldn’t read too deeply into such interactions.
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