WASHINGTON: Appearing on Fox News Tucker Carlson Tonight, Tammy Bruce offers Tucker Carlson some food for thought on why Biden’s ‘touchy-feely’ is more than just creepy. A total of four women say that the former vice president touched them inappropriately.
Bruce effectively argues that the “average man” would be fired for “what Joe Biden is doing.” And she is right.
We are all flawed
Tucker Carlson has long said he would not judge Biden. We are all flawed. I am flawed, says the anchor. Carlson says that while he found Biden to be “weird,” that his behavior is “creepy,” he also hoped American society wasn’t getting to a place where people couldn’t hug each other.
Bruce set Tucker Carlson straight in a way that only a woman who has first-hand awareness of men that overpower women can. She opened Tucker’s, and this viewers eyes, to why his actions are much more than just creepy. He is not hugging women, he is overpowering them.
Former Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores alleges Joe Biden kissed the back of her head in 2014 at a campaign rally: “It was shocking because you don’t expect that kind of intimate behavior, you don’t expect that kind of intimacy from someone so powerful.” https://t.co/mgUK3jZBfF pic.twitter.com/1wXq8XMSOv
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) March 31, 2019
Lucy Flores, a former Nevada assemblywoman revealed that “Biden made her deeply uncomfortable by sniffing her hair and kissing the back of her head at a 2014 campaign event.”
“What Joe Biden is doing, the average man if he did it at work, would be fired,” Bruce told Carlson. “There’s a difference between hugging somebody, and we’ve all been through that, and in Mr. Biden’s case, in the new case and in the [Lucy] Flores case, there was a restraint of someone physically. In the Flores case, he restrained her by her shoulders. In other cases, he restrains women by holding their jawline or neck area.”
“The Washington Post said he placed his hands on [Flores’s] shoulders. He was restraining her. This his face moved into her hair. It was an intimate action you would normally reserve for a loved one or spouse or someone you know and love. Then after a while slowly kissed the back of her head. That’s not hugging someone,” – Tammy Bruce
Biden’s only statement is that he has
“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.”
Three other women have come forward in recent days, alleging Biden touched them inappropriately.
One of the women is Caitlyn Caruso, told The New York Times that she was 19 when Biden rested his hand on her thigh during a sexual assault forum in Las Vegas. She also told the newspaper that she squirmed to let him know it was making her uncomfortable. Biden was not #awoke, even to the fact that women, particularly at a sexual assault forum should not be touched. In anyway. By anyone.
Speaking with the Hartford Courant, Lappos says that in October 2009 Biden was inapporiate. Lappos was volunteering at a fundraiser in Greenwich, Connecticut, for Representative Jim Himes:
“It wasn’t sexual, but he did grab me by the head,” Lappos told the Courant. “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.”
A writer who met Biden in 2012 at a fundraising event in Minneapolis, DJ Hill remembers that:
“When she and her husband, Robert, stepped up to take their photograph with the vice president, he put his hand on her shoulder and then started dropping it down her back, which made her “very uncomfortable.”
Her husband, seeing the movement, put his hand on Mr. Biden’s shoulder and interrupted with a joke. Ms. Hill did not say anything at the time and acknowledged that she does not know what Mr. Biden’s intention was or whether he was aware of her discomfit.
“Only he knows his intent,” she says in the interview. But norms are changing now, she said, and “if something makes you feel uncomfortable, you have to feel able to say it.”
Why can’t women just say no?
What we might want to start a discussion on is why these women did not feel comfortable telling a person in power that she wanted them to stop. Why did Caruso not stand up and move her seat? What was it about the “power” of Joe Biden, or any man, that stops any woman, or girl, from being able to step aside.
Why was Lappos, if her allegations are true and we do believe women, unable to extract herself from the Vice President’s grip?
Nancy Pelosi offers some sage advice
Speaker Nancy Pelosi offering the only advice I agree on, join the straight arm club:
” He (Biden) has to understand that in the world we’re in now, people’s space is important to them. And what’s important is how they receive it – and not necessarily how you intended it.”
“I’m a member of the straight-arm club,” she said, extending a stiff arm out to demonstrate. “I just pretend you have a cold, and I have a cold.”
I hope the pre-teen girls, and boys, we see in the photos, obviously uncomfortable in some instances, are getting the message from their mothers that if this happens again, in the Oval Office or in the business office, step away.
Adopting a Pelosi stiff-arm and empowered to give a clear message of no.