It’s no secret that Joe Biden was the Democrats’ favorite pick for 2020 presidential candidate.
It will be interesting to see how his reputation fairs in light of recent accusations made by Nevada politician Lucy Flores that he touched her inappropriately and gave her a kiss on the head.
So far, it doesn’t look good for Biden. Elizabeth Warren has already thrown him under the bus.
When asked for her thoughts on the allegation against Biden, Warren took Flores’ side and stated that Biden “needs to give an answer.”
Check out these tweets responding to the news:
Des Moines Register has more to say:
Democrats running for president weighed in on allegations that former vice president Joe Biden inappropriately touched a woman in 2014, saying Saturday at a candidate event in Storm Lake, Iowa that they believe the woman.
"I believe Lucy Flores," said Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. "And Joe Biden needs to give an answer."
Flores, a former Nevada state assemblywoman, published an essay in New York Magazine's The Cut this week. She described a moment in 2014 when she was 35 and the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor of Nevada. She said Biden was there to support her campaign and approached her as she was preparing to speak at a campaign rally.
"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," Flores wrote. "… I felt him get closer to me from behind. He leaned further in and inhaled my hair. … He proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head."
Asked whether Biden should choose not to run for president, given the allegation, Warren said, "That's for Joe Biden to decide."
CNN gave more details:
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Saturday said former Vice President Joe Biden needs to provide an answer to allegations he inappropriately touched a Nevada politician at an event in 2014.
Lucy Flores, the former Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor of Nevada, made the allegations against Biden in an essay for The Cut, an arm of New York magazine, writing that Biden made her feel "uneasy, gross, and confused" in 2014 when, at a campaign rally in Nevada, she said he kissed her on the back of the head. Biden does not recall any impropriety, a spokesman said.
"I felt him get closer to me from behind. He leaned further in and inhaled my hair. I was mortified," Flores wrote, adding that she wondered why the then-vice president had come that close to her. "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 read the op-ed last night," Warren said in Iowa on Saturday. "I believe Lucy Flores. And Joe Biden needs to give an answer."
At the same event in Iowa, former secretary of Housing and Urban Development and Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro told reporters he too believed Flores and added, "we need to live in a nation where people can hear her truth."