Two more women have revealed interactions with Joe Biden that made them feel uncomfortable.
The New York Times released the story on Tuesday, with the two women explaining why the interactions made them feel uneasy. Caitlyn Caruso, a sexual assault survivor, recalled an event during which the former vice president laid his hand on her thigh and gave her an uncomfortably long hug.
“It doesn’t even really cross your mind that such a person would dare perpetuate harm like that,” Caruso said. “These are supposed to be people you can trust.”
The other woman, D. J. Hill, said that while she was having a picture taken with Biden, his hand started wandering down her back before he was stopped.
“Only he knows his intent,” Hill said, adding “if something makes you feel uncomfortable, you have to feel able to say it.”
While women continue to speak out about their experiences, some are coming to Biden’s defense, as IJR Blue reported.
“I’ve known Joe Biden a long time. My grandchildren love Joe Biden. He’s an affectionate person — to children, to senior citizens, to everyone, that’s just the way he is,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at an event on Tuesday.
But after pointing out that sometimes perception is not the same as the reality, she encouraged him to take a less handsy approach.
“But that’s just not the way — join the straight-arm club with me, if you will,” Pelosi said.
Pelosi said she does not think the recent allegations women have made against Joe Biden are disqualifying for a 2020 run, but added “it’s important for the vice president and others to understand it isn’t what you intended, it was how it was received.” pic.twitter.com/m2yRHlTuDw
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As IJR Red reported, the second woman to speak out against Biden did not accuse him of sexual assault but expressed her discomfort at his actions.
“It wasn’t sexual, but he did grab me by the head,” said Amy Lappos on Monday about her encounter with Biden. “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.”
Her decision to come forward followed an op-ed by former Nevada state assemblywoman Lucy Flores, who recounted a time when Biden touched and kissed her. Biden is considering entering the 2020 presidential election, but it is uncertain how these allegations will affect his campaign.