In what may be yet another indication of Joe Biden’s current cultural chasm, the former Vice President is being lambasted for his latest tone deaf reaction.
Biden has long been known as the “king of the gaffe”, spouting bizarre and poorly-conceived phrases and thoughts at a pace unmatched by any current political figures besides perhaps the President himself. (At least in Trump’s case its’ a matter of accident and not admission).
Now, as the former Vice President faces accusations of inappropriate behavior from no less than seven women, Biden has made the choice to interject some “humor” into the situation…but no one, not even his fellow democrats, are laughing.
Former Vice President Joe Biden made a joke about the allegations of inappropriate touching that several women have made in the past week while addressing the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) conference on Friday.
“I just want you to know, I had permission to hug Lonnie,” Biden said, referring to IBEW President Lonnie Stephenson, to whom Biden gave a shoulder pat before taking the stage.
“I don’t know man,” Biden added, before laughing.
And that wasn’t all…
.@JoeBiden now inviting kids up onstage from the crowd. "All those kids, you want to come up on the stage, you can come up, it’s okay.” Gives them handshakes before putting an arm around the nearest boy. “He gave me permission to touch him."
— Cameron Joseph (@cam_joseph) April 5, 2019
Twitter was buzzing about the misguided attempt at humor.
The first thing Joe Biden said in his first speech after numerous accusations of inappropriate touching was to joke about inappropriate touching ???? pic.twitter.com/KquSQaaKnC
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 5, 2019
This is what Biden does a day after his nonapology apology.
The message this sends is that consent is a JOKE.
This isn’t just a gaff it is HARMFUL. https://t.co/uy3GVBWmC1
— Alexis Goldstein (@alexisgoldstein) April 5, 2019
Trump tells a joke and media accuse him of “directing a foreign adversary to interfere in our election.” Biden tells a joke and it’s “humor to defuse” sex assault claims (pic via @DavidRutz ) pic.twitter.com/4irpGChzpK
— Eddie Scarry (@eScarry) April 5, 2019
Joe Biden has still not officially declared his candidacy for the 2020 presidential election.
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