This post was last updated on September 12th, 2019 at 02:01 pm
Troubles do not seem to end for Joe Biden, who is soon expected to announce his campaign for the presidential elections 2020. Two more women have accused Biden of touching them inappropriately and harassing them.
Caitlyn Caruso and D. J. Hill accused Biden while sharing their experiences to The New York Times. 22-year-old Caruso told the media that the incident occurred during a sexual assault event at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, when she was 19 years old.
She reported that during the event, Joe Biden placed his hand on her thigh and did not remove it, despite Caruso showing uneasiness by wriggling herself on her seat. She further added that Biden hugged her “just a little bit too long”.
She also mentioned that as she told her own account of being harassed sexually, she thought Biden would maintain a distance. Since he did not maintain the distance he should have, therefore meeting him was uncomfortable.
She said, “It doesn’t even really cross your mind that such a person would dare perpetuate harm like that. These are supposed to be people you can trust.”
59-year-old Hill reported that while taking photograph with Biden during an event in 2012, he rested his hand on her shoulder and began moving it down. Biden’s made her feel, “very uncomfortable.”
“Only he knows his intent,” she further added.
Amidst all these accusations, a few women have come forward to support Biden, including Stephanie Carter, wife of ex-Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.
Alyssa Milano, an actress and an activist, mentioned Biden as “a warm, generous individual who believes [it’s] on all of us to pay attention to women’s stories and experiences”.
Susan Rice, former administration official during Obama administration, said Biden is “a dedicated ally, champion and defender of women and all of our rights”.
However, President Trump during a fundraising event on Tuesday, mocked the former vice president. He ridiculed Biden on the alleged accusations of making unwanted physical contacts with women. During the event, Trump told a story about how he wanted to kiss a general he met in Iraq who had promised that the operation in Syria against the IS militants will be completed soon.
“I said, ‘General: come here and give me a kiss.’ I felt like Joe Biden,” Trump said. Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked Biden to be more formal during his interactions, especially with women.
“I’ve known Joe Biden a long time. My grandchildren love Biden. He’s an affectionate person — to children, to senior citizens, to everyone, that’s just the way he is. But that’s just not the way — join the straight-arm club with me, if you will,” Pelosi said.
Continuous accusations even before Biden announced his presidential campaign can prove to be a major threat to his public image and reputation, costing him the elections.