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On Friday, Lucy Flores, a democratic politician from Nevada, wrote an essay for the Cut about a 2014 encounter she had with Joe Biden that forever changed her perspective of the former vice president. She described an unwanted touch and kiss that left her feeling embarrassed and unsettled, as well as how she felt after, seeing photos of Biden with other women and girls, often with Biden touching or kiss women who looked uncomfortable. On Sunday morning, Biden issued a response to Flores’ essay.
“In many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort,” the statement read. “And not once – never – did I believe I acted inappropriately. If it is suggested that I did so I will listen respectfully. But it was never my intention.”
“I may not recall these moments the same way, and I may be surprised at what I hear. But we have arrived at an important time when women feel that they can and should relate their experiences, and men should pay attention, and I will,” the statement continued.
Flores account of her experience with Biden followed other critiques about Biden’s treatment of women – especially Anita Hill. Biden has given weak and underwhelming apologies to Hill in public, never taking personal responsibility for the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings she endured, despite his…