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Will Penn Rename Biden Center Following Allegations Against the Former VP?

Will Penn Rename Biden Center Following Allegations Against the Former VP?

“Joe Biden is the namesake of the private university’s Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSZDV1Gv8xk

It’s a fair question, considering the fact that they scrubbed another man’s name based on accusations of sexual harassment.

The College Fix reports:

Penn is silent on whether it will rename Biden Center, following sexual allegations against Joe Biden

A year ago, the University of Pennsylvania scrubbed a major donor’s name from campus after several women accused him of sexual harassment.

Now it has to consider how to respond to allegations against a much bigger name: the former vice president of the United States, potential 2020 presidential candidate, and leading campaigner against campus sexual assault.

Joe Biden is the namesake of the private university’s Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, set up shortly after his service in the Obama administration ended. The university also named him the Benjamin Franklin presidential practice professor. He has appeared and spoken many times at Penn over the past 12 months.

On Friday night, a former Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor of Nevada, Lucy Flores, accused Biden of inappropriately touching her at a campaign stop in 2014.

The vice president allegedly smelled Flores’ hair from behind, as she was preparing to take the stage, and “proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head,” she wrote in an essay for New York magazine.

The timing of the allegation is also bad for a group that has benefited tremendously from using Biden’s star power.

Biden helped launch the White House “It’s On Us” campaign against campus sexual assault in 2014, and this week his foundation co-hosted the Biden Courage Awards with the It’s On Us project. The topic of his speech at the gala: “white man’s culture has to change.”

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It is still hard to believe that all of this was started as a way to get Trump. When you pull the pin, Mr. #metoo hand grenade is no longer your friend. My guess is that Billy Boy will walk into the effective range right about next summer for maximum effect.

The Dems are gradually forming a policy: Once someone is accused of having done something awkward or questionable (like smelling someone’s hair), he is blackballed from public office forever. This banishment does not depend on the number of years since the indiscretion, nor does it depend on the truth of the accusation: The accused is guilty until proven innocent, and even then, still guilty of something (eg Kavanaugh). It also doesn’t matter if the accused was a child at the time of the alleged offense.

Considering that everyone is young and stupid at some phase in their lives, this policy will open Pandora’s box for the Democrats. Everyone has done something stupid and awkward at some point, and it is simply up to the opposing politicians to dig up that dirt. I hope the Republicans are listening, and rounding up copies of all the Democrat candidates’ high-school yearbooks, and everything they have ever posted online.

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