“Biden” His Time

Biden filming his apology video.

Biden filming his apology video.

Shomudro Gupta, Staff

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Over the last few days, two more women came out publicly to accuse Joe Biden of inappropriately touching them. The women, Caitlyn Caruso and D.J. Hill, recounted separate incidents to the New York Times in which Biden’s close contact led to an incredibly disturbing experience. Caruso, speaking at an event about sexual assault at UNLV, stated that Biden put her hand on his thigh. As she told the Times, “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.” D.J. Hill recounted an incident in 2012 in which she attended a fundraising event, and Biden placed his hand on her back, slowly but surely dropping it down. Hill, aged 59, told the Times that the incident made her “very uncomfortable”, and it only stopped when her husband intervened by making small talk with Biden and patting him on the shoulder. These accusations come at the heels of recent allegations made by former Nevada assemblywoman Lucy Flores and congressional aide Amy Lappos, who each accused Biden of kissing/attempting to kiss them either on the back of the head or on the lips. “I wanted nothing more than to get Biden away from me,” Flores chronicled in an essay published on The Cut. Biden has since responded to the allegations, tweeting “Social norms are changing. I understand that, and I’ve heard what these women are saying. Politics to me has always been about making connections, but I will be more mindful about respecting personal space in the future. That’s my responsibility and I will meet it.”