President Joe Biden raised eyebrows with a seemingly unplanned interaction with children after signing a bill protecting the rights of victims of sexual harassment.
More specifically, it was the children of ex-Fox News host Gretchen Carlson. The former network host, who sued the late chairman and CEO of Fox News, Roger Ailes for sexual harassment, was on hand for the signing ceremony Thursday.
On social media, she noted the moment that Biden handed her the pen after he signed into law the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act.
The moment @POTUS hands you the one after signing the ending forced arbitration of sexual assault and sexual harassment act! For all survivors!!! @LiftOurVoicesUS #EndForcedArbitration pic.twitter.com/iHJVJ7YqBR
— Gretchen Carlson (@GretchenCarlson) March 3, 2022
The bill, H.R. 4445, prohibits employers from forcing sexual harassment and sexual assault claims into arbitration.
“For those who experience sexual harassment or assault, you have a right today that you did not have yesterday,” the president noted in a tweet.
I signed the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021 into law. This is a momentous day for justice and fairness in the workplace. For those who experience sexual harassment or assault, you have a right today that you did not have yesterday.
— President Biden (@POTUS) March 3, 2022
But the ink had not even dried on his signature when Biden sprinted off the platform and made a beeline to get up close with Carlson’s children.
Joe Biden signs the bill and gives the pen to Gretchen Carlson, who spoke at the signing event.
“I want to meet your son and daughter,” he says, leaving the stage to introduce himself pic.twitter.com/P1I1ei5pij
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) March 3, 2022
Given the many past up-close encounters with children, Biden’s move predictably caused a flurry on Twitter.
— SeldenGADawgs (@SeldenGADawgs) March 3, 2022
outreach to America’s small children is a big part of Joe’s unity agenda
— Bogie (@bogie_usa) March 4, 2022
Where them chilluns at https://t.co/GuDKMD5chC
— jimtreacher.substack.com (@jtLOL) March 3, 2022
There is not a kid he doesn’t want to touch
— Robin (@RobinYvarra) March 3, 2022
— Bobo (@Bobomeister74) March 3, 2022
That is a man on a mission; and his mission is to sniff some kids.
— CavemanSynthesizer (@PithyJoe) March 3, 2022
— Wally McBorder 🧱 (@WallyMcBorder) March 3, 2022
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