Lucy Flores, the former Nevada assemblywoman who first accused former Vice President Joe Biden of inappropriately touching her, said Friday on Twitter his jokes about the matter show he has not spend enough time reflecting on his behavior.
“It’s clear @JoeBiden hasn’t reflected at all on how his inappropriate and unsolicited touching made women feel uncomfortable,” Flores tweeted in response to Biden on Friday making fun of the multiple accusations against him. “To make light of something as serious as consent degrades the conversation women everywhere are courageously trying to have.”
It’s clear @JoeBiden hasn’t reflected at all on how his inappropriate and unsolicited touching made women feel uncomfortable. To make light of something as serious as consent degrades the conversation women everywhere are courageously trying to have.— Lucy Flores (@LucyFlores) April 5, 2019
In his first public appearance since the allegations about inappropriate touching surfaced, Biden made a joke about the situation.
"I just want you to know I had permission to hug Lonnie," said Biden to the audience at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Construction and Maintenance Conference.
Since Flores stepped forward last week accusing Biden of smelling her hair and landing an unwanted slow kiss on the back of her neck, over half a dozen women have accused Biden of kissing, hugging, or placing his hands on them in an inappropriate manner.
Biden released a video on Twitter Wednesday acknowledging that “[s]ocial norms are changing” but also defended himself by saying he meant the touching as “gestures of support and encouragement.”
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. pic.twitter.com/Ya2mf5ODts— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 3, 2019