Former Vice President Joe Biden is considering throwing his hat into the already crowded ring of Democratic hopefuls to run against the Orange Moron in 2020. But tactile Joe is running into trouble.
Two women have come forward in the past few days claiming inappropriate behavior on the part of Uncle Joe. One woman said that he came up behind her at a political rally, put his hands on her shoulders, smelled her hair, and gave her a “slow kiss” on the back of her head. Another woman said that he rubbed noses with her during a 2009 political fundraiser.
“It wasn’t sexual, but he did grab me by the head,” the second woman said. “He put his hand around my neck and pulled me in to rub noses with me.”
Biden has a reputation as a “touchy-feely” guy, and admits that he is a “tactile” person. But it seems to me that his behavior is more of an idiosyncrasy than anything sexual.
Biden is not my first choice to be the Democratic nominee, but I find it a bit peculiar that Democrats are so up-in-arms about these allegations. What is the upside to making a such big deal out of these likely innocent acts? I’m not saying that these situations were, in these #MeToo days, appropriate, but I do believe, with absolute certainty, that it’s a stretch to think he was being sexually abusive to these women.
And come on, folks. For Donald Trump, sexually inappropriate behavior is a common occurrence. Donald Trump was caught on video tape bragging that, as a “star,” he could grab women by their vaginas (i.e., sexual assault). Donald Trump has been accused by upwards of 20 women of being sexually inappropriate with them. Donald Trump paid hush money to a former Playboy bunny and to an adult film actress that he had extramarital affairs with in order to prevent those affairs from becoming public during his campaign.
Republicans continue to embrace their totally immoral, sexually abusive President, while Democrats are wringing their hands because Joe Biden sniffed one woman’s hair and had an Eskimo kiss with another. Compared with Trump, Uncle Joe is a choirboy.
There’s no question that people should respect women who have come forward about unwanted physical contact. They deserve to be heard and believed about how they were made to feel. There’s also no doubt that Joe Biden needs to stop sniffing women’s hair and rubbing their noses. And Biden must also learn to be a less “tactile” politician.
At the same time, it’s critical to understand that not every offense is of equal severity. And it’s also important to recognize when the alleged perpetrators are acting with malevolence (e.g., Donald Trump) or are just clueless.
Written for Teresa’s Opposites Attract prompt using the words “peculiar” and “common.” Also for theses daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (idiosyncrasy), Word of the Day Challenge (upside), Your Daily Word Prompt (absolute), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (stretch).