Former first lady and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told the women and girls who had been inappropriately touched by former vice president and present presidential hopeful Joe Biden to move on and get over with the issue.
The 71-year old former first lady stated, “For goodness’ sake, I’m sorry, I have to jump in because I’ve heard a little bit about that. I mean, I don’t think that the Twitterverse is the American electorate, but there are lots of vocal voices that say all kinds of things.”
She said that the 76-year presidential hopeful was a decent human being who had served the country honorably and well for decades. Biden has been under public scrutiny for repeatedly touching women and girls he interacts with inappropriately.
In March, Lucy Flores, former Nevada lieutenant governor candidate, wrote an article detailing an interaction she had with Biden in 2014. She said that Biden was behind her when he put his hands on her shoulders before leaning forward and smelling her hair. Flores was even more embarrassed, startled, and momentarily paralyzed when Biden kissed the back of her head.
Biden released a statement saying, “In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support, and comfort. And not once—never—did I believe I acted inappropriately. If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully. But it was never my intention. I may not recall these moments the same way, and I may be surprised at what I hear.”
In a video posted on Twitter, Biden stated that he would change his behavior. However, it was later revealed that he touched a 10-year old girl at a campaign rally shortly after vowing to respect women’s personal spaces.
Soon after the incident with the young girl, several other women surfaced with claims that he had inappropriately touched them. Biden has not explicitly apologized to the alleged victims.