The first woman who came forward and presented allegations against former Vice President Joe Biden of inappropriate touching, Lucy Flores, wants to know why her claims were mostly written off by Democrats and members of the mainstream media.
The Washington Examiner reports Flores, who previously detailed a situation during a 2014 campaign rally where Biden stood very close behind her, put his arms on her, kissed her head and sniffed her hair, said her allegations were “morphed into a simplistic — and misguided — discussion of hugging in America.”
In an op-ed with BuzzFeed News, Flores described that her allegation against Biden was “so easily manipulated and distorted.”
“When I decided to come forward with what it felt like to be on the receiving end of Joe Biden’s inappropriate behavior, I knew I would face criticism,” Flores wrote via the Washington Examiner. “I didn’t anticipate that my truth would be so easily manipulated and distorted.”
Flores said she was upset to see news reports on both extremes of the discussion, noting that she never framed the former vice president’s unwanted touching as “sexual in nature” but also said she was dismayed by pundits characterizing Biden as “nothing more than a serial hugger.”
She wrote that in the days following her essay, a number of “character witnesses” came forward to discuss Biden’s behavior who defended him for being “grandfatherly” or downplayed the seriousness of the contact.
“In my case, Biden’s version of a friendly hug was his hands on my shoulders, his body close to mine, from behind, smelling my hair and planting a slow kiss on my head when we had no personal relationship whatsoever,” Flores said.
“Consent doesn’t just apply when sex is involved. Consent also applies when you’re invading a woman’s space and touching the body of a woman you don’t know,” she said.
Flores’ decision to come forward inspired other women to come forward with allegations of their own which involved unwelcomed situations with the former veep, BizPac Review reports:
The first woman, a former congressional aide to Connecticut congressman Jim Himes, confirmed with the Hartford Courant that during a 2009 political fundraiser in Greenwich, the then-VP grabbed her head and tried to rub noses with her, leading her to think he was trying to kiss her.
“It wasn’t sexual, but he did grab me by the head,” Amy Lappos, who now works as a freelancer with nonprofit agencies, said. “He put his hand around my neck and pulled me in to rub noses with me. When he was pulling me in, I thought he was going to kiss me on the mouth.”
She added that though the then-VP’s behavior made her feel extremely uncomfortable, she abstained from filing a complaint because “he was the vice president” while she was “a nobody.”
Lappos described that she was coming forward because the Democrat Party botched their response to the initial allegation. She said she was “disappointed” in how Democrats are reacting to the allegations.
“I am so disappointed in my party, the Democratic Party, and the way we have treated Lucy Flores,” Lappos said in a statement, according to Fox News. “Biden’s statement in response to Lucy’s article was not only disturbing it was disgusting. I stand by Lucy and any woman with the courage to come forward regarding men and the way they treat women.”
“Uninvited affection is not okay,” Lappos continued via the report. “Objectifying women is not okay. Men who invade a woman’s personal space, touch women inappropriately, sexually harass women and feed rape culture have no place in a position of power. Referring to this type of behavior as “simply affection” or ‘grandpa-like’ or ‘friendly’ is ridiculously dismissive and part of the problem. Saying ‘but Trump….’ is dangerous and sets the bar for democratic men far below where it should be.”
Flores’ and Lappos’ comments come after #MeToo advocate Alyssa Milano defended Biden amid these claims.
In a series of posts on Twitter, Milano went all-in for Biden. She said she believes all women except for those who brought allegations against Biden because she believes he is not capable of that sort of conduct—because she has met him.