MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski defended former Vice President Joe Biden after a former Nevada state assemblywoman accused him of touching her inappropriately and kissing her on the back of her head in 2014.
“There’s a lot of things I know about Joe Biden — I’ve known him for a long time — he is extremely affectionate, extremely flirtatious in a completely safe way,” Brzezinski said Monday.
“I am sure that somebody can misconstrue something he’s done. But as much as I can know what’s in anyone’s heart, I don’t think there is bad intent on his part at all,” she said.
Lucy Flores published an essay Friday in which she described Biden’s alleged behavior toward her at a Democratic campaign rally in 2014.
“As I was taking deep breaths and preparing myself to make my case to the crowd, I felt two hands on my shoulders. I froze. ‘Why is the vice president of the United States touching me?’" she wrote in a piece for The Cut.
She continued, “I felt him get closer to me from behind. He leaned further in and inhaled my hair. I was mortified. I thought to myself, ‘I didn’t wash my hair today and the vice-president of the United States is smelling it. And also, what in the actual fuck? Why is the vice-president of the United States smelling my hair?’ He proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head.”
Biden said in a statement Sunday he has offered many handshakes, hugs, and “expressions of affection, support and comfort” over the years.
“And not once — never — did I believe I acted inappropriately. If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully. But it was never my intention,” she said.