Former Vice President Joe Biden is now facing a slew of allegations that he inappropriately touched different women while he was serving in the White House.
On Friday, Lucy Flores came forward and detailed how the former vice president inappropriately touched her in 2014 during a campaign event while she was running to be the lieutenant governor of Nevada.
Now, two other women have come forward, 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.”
Lappos said the inappropriate touching—which other photos and videos have emerged showing Biden’s continued behavior—is disqualifying of any run for higher office.
“If Biden truly supports women and gender equality he would step aside and support one of the many talented and qualified women running [for office],” she said. “The same goes for the other men who have thrown their hat in the ring. Women are 52 percent of the population. We are not a minority, we are the majority. It is time we are represented as such. After 45 male presidents, it is time we elect a woman.”
BizPac Review reports Lappos is one of two women who has come forward: “Because of Lappos history as a former congressional aide, at least her allegations against Biden are being reported by the media. The same cannot be said of the allegations by a left-wing activist who identifies as ‘Cece.’ In a Twitter post on Monday, she claimed that Biden had ‘kept his hand’ on her thigh during an event sometime the past for It’s On Us, a campaign to end sexual assault.”
Here’s more on Flores, via the Washington Free Beacon:
On Friday, a woman named Lucy Flores published an essay where she accused the former vice president of making her feel uncomfortable with inappropriate touching. Flores, who was running to be Nevada’s lieutenant governor in 2014 detailed how, when waiting to take the stage behind the scenes of a campaign stop, Biden began touching her without permission.
“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?'” Flores wrote.
Flores alleges that Biden smelled her hair and then kissed the back of her head.
During an interview with MSNBC, Fox News reports Flores said she was surprised that no one had confronted Biden about the behavior.
“I’m just shocked that no one has ever told Vice President Biden, ‘stop interacting with women that way. You’re making them feel uncomfortable,'” Flores said. “Or, at least we think you’re making them feel uncomfortable because that is the perception we’re seeing from the outside in.”