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Joe Biden’s Defense to Creepy Touching: “Social norms are changing” (since 2015?)

Joe Biden’s Defense to Creepy Touching: “Social norms are changing” (since 2015?)

This would be a more credible defense if the conduct took place several decades ago. But some of the creepiest videos are from 2015, and all the allegations are from his time as VP.

With a long video history of creepy touching and nuzzling women and young women in front of the cameras, Joe Biden now has four women who accuse him of doing similar things off camera.

There is little doubt this has hurt Biden because it throws off his plans for a smooth campaign announcement — if he announces. It also cements his nickname for the campaign: Creepy Joe.

Whether it will keep Biden from running at all remains to be seen. It took him a few days, but he finally came up with a strategy that tries to thread the politically acceptable needle: “Believe all women” while also denying misconduct the women believe took place.

Biden’s strategy is to say that times have changed, what once was considered acceptable no longer is considered acceptable, and he understands that.

Here’s the video he posted on Twitter (click on image for video):

Social norms are changing. I understand that, and I’ve heard what these women are saying. Politics to me has always been about making connections, but I will be more mindful about respecting personal space in the future. That’s my responsibility and I will meet it.

Here is a partial transcription of his remarks in the video, via The Daily Mail:

‘I want to talk about gestures of support and encouragement that I’ve made to some women and some men and I’ve made them uncomfortable,’ he said in a video posted on Twitter.

‘I always try to be in my career, always tried to make a human connection. That’s my responsibility, I think. I shake hands, I hug people. I grab men and women by the shoulders and say you can do this, whether they’re women, men, young, old. It’s the way I’ve always been and tried to show that I care about them and I’m listening,’ he said….

In his video remarks, Biden referred to a tragedy earlier in his life, when his wife Neilia and daughter Naomi were killed in a car crash in December 1972, shortly after he was first elected to the Senate. Sons Beau and Hunter survived although Beau died in May 2015 of brain cancer.

‘Over the years knowing I’ve been through, the things that I’ve faced, I found that scores, if not hundreds of people have come up to me and reached out for solace and comfort. Something, anything that may help them get through the tragedy they’re going through. So it’s just who I am,’ Biden explained.

He said he’s never thought of politics as ‘cold and antiseptic.’

‘Now, it is all about taking selfies together. Social norms begin to change and they’ve shifted and the boundaries of protecting personal space have been re-set and I get it. I get it. I hear what they’re saying,’ he said.

The former vice president vowed to be more ‘mindful and respectful’ going forward.

‘I understand it. And I’ll be much more mindful. That is my responsibility. My responsibility and I’ll meet it. But I’ll always believe governing, quite frankly, and life for that matter is about connecting, about connecting with people. That won’t change. I will be more mindful and respectful of people’s personal space and that is a good thing. That is a good thing,’ he noted.

He concluded by addressing his history as an advocate for women.

‘I worked my life empower women. I worked my whole life to prevent abuse. So the idea that I can’t adjust to the fact the personal space is important – more important than it’s ever been, is just not true. I will. I will,’ he said.

That might make sense if he is accused of doing things early in his career, in the 1970s or 1980s or even 1990s. But the incidents on video and off-video all are fairly recent, during his time as Vice President, within the past 10 years. In some cases, such as the shoulder rubbing of Stephanie Carter, and the nuzzling of Chris Coons’ daughter, we’re talking about 2015.

This reminds me of the George Costanza defense:

“Was that wrong? Should I not have done that? I’ve got to plead Ignorance on this thing, because if anyone had said anything to me at all when I first started here that that sort of thing was frowned upon, because I’ve worked in a lot of offices, and people do that all the time.”

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gropin’ joe just doesn’t get it. It was creepy then, it’s creepy now. He was always given a pass because, well, democrat, duh. The democrat party has diversified and intersectionalized old white men out and are using #metoo as the crook to drag creepin’ joe off stage.

What a bunch of PC, Social Justice, Baloney.

Social progress? Yeah. Once you go Pro-Choice, you can’t go back.

Rude, crude, and creepy are one thing. (OK, three things.) Annoying and a national embarrassment, but not necessarily deal-killers.

My problem is that I have no use for stupid. By the late 20th century somebody would have to be not just stupid but damn near comatose to not know that you can’t paw what ain’t yours. And to do it up on a podium in front of the TV cameras is madness.

A stupid man is not a good candidate for President. A madman would be a disaster. I can see it now . . . “Damn, those nuclear codes just weren’t important in the old days; these ‘changing norms’ mean I should have been more careful, huh?”

While the whole brouhaha over Biden’s behavior is ridiculous, what he is doing is criminal, in most jurisdictions, if the touching is unwanted or non-consensual. It directly illustrates the definition of criminal battery. It is intentional, not accidental, and is done without obtaining any consent. Now, should he, or anyone else, be prosecuted for such behavior? Probably not.

But, one also has to consider exactly what an ongoing pattern of this type of behavior may, possibly most likely does, illustrate. It is not sexual. It is a visual portrayal of dominance of one person over another. Joe Biden probably does not consider whether this behavior is inappropriate or even if the person who he is subjecting to it wants or consents to it. Why? Because he feels that he has the power to do what he wishes and does not have to give any thought to the wants, desires or feelings of the other person. He can touch, hold, nuzzle and kiss others, particularly women, because he is powerful enough to get away with it. It just never enters his mind that another person does not want what he wants.

30, 40, 50 years ago, or longer, most men would not have simply stood by and allow another man to manhandle his wife, fiance, girlfriend, mother or sister as Biden does. Joe would have been punched in the nose, in an earlier time; except for his position. The social norms are changing, but they have become more lenient where the behavior of powerful people, particularly men, are concerned. Now the social pendulum is swinging back, though special interest groups are now weaponizing this trend.

    walls in reply to Mac45. | April 3, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    agree on the feelin’ and gropin’. but i wonder if the hair sniffin’ is illegal. we need someone looking into the relationship between biden’s sons and the chicoms … the backdoor stuff.

      Mac45 in reply to walls. | April 4, 2019 at 12:45 am

      There is also evidence thst Biden’s son engaged in dealings with Ukraine, while Biden was VPOTUS and even that he actually had these dealings while accompanying Biden on an official trip to the Ukraine. Then there are the reports that Biden quashed a Ukrainian investigation of his son, while VPOTUS. Then, as you mention, there is the report that Hunter Biden accepted a $1 billion payment for an equity deal from China.

      DuxRedux in reply to walls. | April 4, 2019 at 8:24 am

      There was also a situation, often swept under the rug, of how Biden’s progeny – AG of Delaware – incarcerated Larry Sinclair to keep him from mouthing off about his purported illicit dealings with Obama, re: sex and drugs and limos – with details that were actually very credible.

      The theory was that Creepo Joe was rewarded for this protection and selected as VP.

    B__2 in reply to Mac45. | April 4, 2019 at 12:42 am

    If he is just doing this behaviour to women and girls and not men or boys then this would tend to show that this is not just a male dominance issue. All that video and I don’t see any examples of him touching boys or male youths in the same way. The only exception is perhaps the photo of Biden’s hand on the policeman’s leg while they are both seated: https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/pj-gladnick/2015/02/18/msm-ignored-even-creepier-joe-biden-moment

    There is certainly an allegation that he purposefully regularly swam naked in front of female Secret Service agents dedicated to providing Vice-President Biden security coverage: https://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2014/08/01/biden-swims-naked-upsetting-female-secret-service-agents-book-claims I can’t see how that exhibits a personal dominance over others, and certainly seems more sexually related.

I predict he won’t run…and not because of this. He will not want to jeopardize his family…and the news of the Ukraine firing was the shot across the bow.

Joe wasn’t ever going to be the nominee. Sacrificial goat to roil the waters and lessen some other damaging info on other clowns from the dem party running probably.

What does Creepy Uncle Joe say when he noses up to a woman’s ear?

“Want a walnetto?”

Too bad one of the women he did that to didn’t go all Ruth Buzzi on him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGtR9t4_nS8

I think the repubs, and especially Trump need to avoid any and all of this dem in-fighting. Some of these even seem to be little pokes and prods just to test defenses and reaction capabilities. Lets say that they send out 5 of the guys as sacrificial lambs while the 6th one is there guy. By then the public will be all worn out with all of the accusations. So save the ammo for the real target and not the decoys. I’d say the same about AOC, except she is sending out the correct radar blip, just further out in the future.

These democrats play for keeps. They will eat their own if it gets them ahead. Someone in the hierarchy, maybe as high as Soros wants Biden gone. Notice that Kamala Harris, who was Willie Brown’s go to girl doesn’t get any bad press about it.

He never does this to men.

And don’t forget his swimming nude in front of female Secret Service agents.

American Human | April 4, 2019 at 8:21 am

Aww, come on, its just Ol’ Joe walking around bumping into things.

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