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Joe Biden feller en tåre når han snakker om sin familie under en middag for Demokratene i Iowa 16. mars. Foto: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters/Scanpix

Nok en kvinne sto frem mandag og kritiserte Joe Biden for måten han behandler kvinner på. Stikkord er «nærgående». En potensiell kandidat tåler en slik historie, men ikke flere.

Skal man tro mediene har dette vært standard Biden – nærkontakt med kvinner. Ikke overgrep, men tett fysisk kontakt. At kvinner nå står frem og forteller om det gjør at det fremstår som ikke OK. I #metoo-alderen er uønsket kontakt tabu.

Biden opplever det som Brett Kavanaugh ble begravet i: De villeste historier. Anti-Trump-mediene gjorde ikke noe forsøk på å behandle dem kritisk. Tvertom. Det var flere på Republikansk side den gang som sa Demokratene en dag ville bli behandlet på samme måte.

A Connecticut woman came forward Monday to say that former Vice President Joseph R. Biden engaged in unwanted, inappropriate contact with her, grabbing her head and rubbing noses with her.

In an interview with the Hartford Courant, Amy Lappos said she encountered Mr. Biden, who was then vice president, at a 2009 political fundraiser in Greenwich.

“It wasn’t sexual, but he did grab me by the head,” Ms. Lappos said. “He put his hand around my neck and pulled me in to rub noses with me. When he was pulling me in, I thought he was going to kiss me on the mouth.”

She first posted about the alleged episode on the Connecticut Women in Politics after Friday’s allegation by former Nevada state legislator Lucy Flores, who accused Mr. Biden of putting his hands on her shoulders, smelling her hair and kissing the back of her head at a 2014 campaign rally in Las Vegas.

Ms. Lappos, 43, said she was working at the time as an aide for Rep. Jim Himes, Connecticut Democrat, but that he was not in the room when the incident occurred.

“I never filed a complaint, to be honest, because he was the vice president. I was a nobody,” Ms. Lappos

Hadde dette vært for noen få år siden ville ingen trykket en slik historie. Men #metoo har flyttet grensene. Nå er en tilsynelatende bagatell blitt en synkemine for en kandidat.

Biden vet det. Dette er nummer to. Det kommer trolig flere. Han er allerede i kikkertsiktet til den radikale fløyen i partiet. Trolig blir det ikke noe kandidatur.

Demokratene har fått smake sin egen medisin.

 

 

Second woman accuses Biden of unwanted touching, says he grabbed her, rubbed noses

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