Former Vice President Joe Biden was scolded, yet again — for not keeping his hands to himself.
The 2020 Democratic frontrunner with a history of inappropriate touching just got called out again, and this tine by a teacher who was pretty clear she wasn’t impressed with his handsy answer to her question at a campaign stop in Iowa.
North Liberty preschool teacher, Jessica Roman, told the Washington Examiner how “uncomfortable” Biden made her feel when she spoke to him during the Hawkeye Area Labor Council’s Labor Day picnic in Cedar Rapids on Monday.
“I think that he means well but, you know, he grabbed my hands right away and that was really uncomfortable,” the 41-year-old teacher who works with special needs children said.
“He was very close and, in my mind, I’m like, this is part of our problem: Not recognizing that you need to ask first, or can I shake your hand? Not just grab your hands and hang onto them. That bothers me,” she added.
Roman was asking the 76-year-old former vice president about changes to Iowa’s collective bargaining laws and unionized teachers when he placed his hand on hers. He then reached out to shake her hand but held on to it for the duration of his response.
Though the teacher made no move to disengage, she still felt Biden should not have assumed she was okay with the physical interaction, behavior that has plagued him even before announcing his 2020 candidacy. His gaffes and missteps along the campaign trail so far have left many wondering if he can survive the primary race and clinch the nomination to face President Trump in a battle for the White House.
Biden’s communications director, Kate Bedingfield, claimed in an MSNBC appearance that an “unfair standard” was being used against the 76-year-old Democratic presidential candidate compared to others in the race, dismissing concerns about his recent string of misstatements and saying they were just “part of his charm.”
Democrats seem to have excused his series of inappropriate encounters with women and girls, as he already faced several allegations this year.
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Former Nevada state legislator and Bernie Sanders supporter, Lucy Flores, accused Biden of “inappropriate” touching during a campaign rally. And though he responded by stating he saying that “not once – never – did I believe I acted inappropriately,” he later pledged to be more thoughtful in his interactions in the future.
Meanwhile, Biden’s encounter with the Iowa teacher apparently failed to win her over.
Roman, who is favoring California Sen. Kamala Harris or Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren according to the Washington Examiner, was also not impressed with Biden’s response to her question on collective bargaining, saying it was “a very well rehearsed list” that “didn’t really speak” to the inquiry.
Meeting the 2020 hopeful in person apparently did not do much to persuade Roman on Biden.
“I wouldn’t say it’s something that I didn’t like but, you know, I’m in my 40s, I’m raising a teenager, I work with very young families, and he’s not relevant,” she said.
“It’s been too long since he’s raised a family, too long since he’s lived on a normal paycheck. I want somebody that actually gets it, that understands what it is to live on the paychecks that we live on, the housing crisis that we have, all of the ways that those things affect us,” she added.
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