Former Vice President Joe Biden has been accused by two women this week of inappropriate touching.
Former Congressional staffer Amy Lappos said Biden wrapped his hands around her face and started rubbing noses with her. She also said it didn’t feel sexual, but she’s speaking out to support Biden’s first accuser, Lucy Flores.
The former Nevada politician said Biden smelled her hair and kissed her head at a campaign event in 2014.
Biden has said he does not believed he acted inappropriately, and many in Washington are supporting him.
Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) spoke with CNN’s Jake Tapper about his experiences with the former Vice President.
“I’ve been in many political events with Joe Biden. I have never seen Joe Biden intentionally make anybody uncomfortable,” Senator Manchin said. “If anything, he goes out of his way trying to make people comfortable he thinks that might be in a difficult situation that might have had some concerns and has a lot on him. I’ve seen that compassion in Joe. Now, what Joe has said, and I accept that the same as I hope everyone does. If he’s made anybody uncomfortable he’s extremely sorry for that.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said she doesn’t think this behavior disqualifies Biden should he run for President in 2020. She also added Biden must understand his intentions are not important, but rather how his behavior is received.