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Yes, he went THERE …
During President Donald Trump’s highly anticipated Republican National Convention speech Thursday evening, he threw a very subtle jab meant to highlight Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden’s history of creepy behavior toward girls and women.
About 14 to 15 minutes into the speech, he began speaking about longtime politician Biden’s record of talking sweet to blue-collar, working-class Americans, but then returning to Washington and voting against their interests.
In the midst of these remarks lay a zinger like no other.
Listen, and keep your ears peeled:
“For 47 years, Joe Biden took the donations of blue-collar workers, gave them hugs and even kisses,” the president said taking a deliberate extended pause that elicited more laughter.
The almost inconspicuous “kisses” zinger may have been a reference to Biden’s sordid history of inappropriately kissing, touching and sniffing girls and women.
While there had always been underground talk about his behavior, it finally rose into the limelight last year when his accusers began publicly spilling the beans. Among them was former Nevada state legislator Lucy Flores, a Democrat.
In a stunning op-ed published in The Cut, Flores claimed that during a 2014 midterm elections campaign rally, Biden showed up to ostensibly assist her gubernatorial campaign. But instead of assisting her, he touched her and more.
“Just before the speeches, we were ushered to the side of the stage where we were lined up by order of introduction,” she wrote. “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?’”
“I felt him get closer to me from behind. He leaned further in and inhaled my hair. I was mortified. He proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head. My brain couldn’t process what was happening. I was embarrassed. I was shocked. I was confused. … I wanted nothing more than to get Biden away from me.”
This was an incredibly difficult thing to do, but something that felt necessary. It took awhile before I found the words and the support that made me feel like this was finally a story I could tell. https://t.co/Sr5Go3xuTe
— Lucy Flores (@LucyFlores) March 29, 2019
And just like that, the floodgates burst open.
Two months after the publication of Flores’ op-ed, another woman, Eva Murry, then-26, recalled how Biden had told her she’s “very well endowed” when she was only 14.
About half a year later, Biden kissed his granddaughter on the lips …
Biden and his granddaughter, the look on the crowds faces. Biden rallies seem like bad mushroom trips in the best way possible pic.twitter.com/nDzeG1di83
— Krispy Scream (@mitchysuch) February 3, 2020
Now fast-forward to this March, when a woman by the name of Tara Reade, a former Biden employee who’d worked for his Senate office in 1993, accused him of outright sexual assault during a bombshell interview with journalist Katie Halper.
She specifically described an incident during which an immediate supervisor had asked her to take a gym bag down to the Capitol and give to Biden. She complied. But instead of being thanked by the then-senator, she allegedly wound up being assaulted.
“[W]e were in the side area, and he just said, ‘Come here Tara,’” she said, describing her meeting with the senator. “And I handed him the thing, and he greeted me. He remembered my name, then we were alone, and it was the strangest thing.”
“I was wearing a blouse, and he just had me up against the wall, and the wall was cold. And I remember he … it happened all at once. The gym bag, I don’t know where it went. I handed it to him and it was gone, and his hands were on me and underneath my clothes. And then he went down my skirt and then up inside it and he penetrated me with his fingers.”
“He was kissing me at the same time, and … I remember him saying as he was doing it, ‘Do you want to go somewhere else?’ … He got finished doing what he was doing, and I tried to pull back, and he said, ‘C’mon man, I heard you liked me!’”
Listen to the interview below:
“That phrase stayed with me because I kept thinking what I might have said. … he like implied like I had done this,” Reade continued as her voice grew strained. “And for me, it was like everything shattered in that moment. … I looked up to him. He was like my father’s age. He was this champion of women’s rights in my eyes.”
“And I couldn’t believe it was happening. It seemed surreal. And I just felt sick because when he pulled back, he looked annoyed, and he said something else to me that I don’t want to say. And then … I must have looked shocked, [because] he grabbed me by the shoulders … and he said, ‘You’re OK, you’re fine, you’re OK, you’re fine,’ and then he walked away and he went on with his day.”
While Reade’s horrific accusations may very well represent the absolute worst of Biden’s behavior, it clearly doesn’t exist in a vacuum.
Below are numerous other examples of his bad behavior:
In a statement in April of 2019, Biden vowed to be more “mindful and respectful” going forward. Yet the inappropriate touching and bad behavior never stopped.
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