Ex-Vice President Joe Biden, who has a well-established practice of close encounters with women many describe as creepy, allegedly attempted to “intimidate” former Trump-era Education Secretary Betsy DeVos when she was stuck in a wheelchair following a bicycle accident in late 2018.

In her new book, DeVos claimed that Biden bent over, put his hands on her shoulders, pressed his forehead to hers, and “lingered” as she tried to roll back.

“It was gross, and it was also a feeble attempt to intimidate me,” DeVos wrote in her Center Street Publishing book about her days as former President Donald Trump’s education secretary and how she fought “woke” schooling forces. The book debuts on June 21.

In an exclusive excerpt from Hostages No More: The Fight For Education Freedom and the Future of the American Child provided to Secrets, DeVos said Biden approached her after she finished a speech to the U.S. Conference of Mayors in January 2019, which Biden also spoke to.

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Former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos leaves the stage on a wheelchair after speaking during the U.S. Conference of Mayors's annual winter meeting in Washington on Jan. 24, 2019. Her aide Sarah Delahunty is pushing the chair. (Jose Luis Magana/AP)

At the time, she was building support for “Education Freedom Scholarships,” and the annual conference offered time to make her case.

After DeVos spoke, her assistant wheeled her to a holding area that Biden entered.

“He must have heard about my accident because he came directly up to me. ‘How are you doing?’ he asked,” DeVos recalled.


Biden then asked, “‘Do you have any hardware?’ I told him I had a very fine three-inch screw as the result of my accident,” wrote DeVos.

“Then, this casual encounter turned into something totally unexpected and uncomfortable. Biden leaned down, put his hands on my shoulders, and pressed his forehead to mine. He lingered. As I tried to figure out how I could roll the wheelchair and myself away, he said, ‘I have nine screws in my shoulder. But everyone thinks they’re in my head,’” she said.

After Biden left, her aide asked if the two were good friends. DeVos’s answer was a surprise. The two had never met before.

"'Well, that was gross,'" Delahunty told DeVos, who wrote, “Yes, it was gross, and it was also a feeble attempt to intimidate me. I think about that encounter every time I hear Biden talk about dismantling our reforms of Title IX.”

During his 2020 presidential campaign, eight women accused Biden of inappropriate behavior or worse. He has been captured in several photos caressing women’s shoulders and sniffing their hair but denied any ill intentions.

As president, he has been dubbed “creepy Joe” for sometimes whispering into the presidential microphone and talking about young girls.