DONALD Trump taunted Joe Biden once again over the claims of “inappropriate touching” by sharing an edited video which shows the ex-vice president fondling himself.
The US President tweeted out the meme which photoshopped a picture of Biden onto the Democrat’s own video – creating the illusion of Biden sniffing his own hair.
Trump captioned the doctored video: “WELCOME BACK JOE!”
Biden, 76, now faces a total of seven accusations of “creepily” invading women’s personal space ahead of his anticipated 2020 presidential run.
The presidential hopeful was forced to address the allegations that he ignored the “personal space” of some ladies “and some men” in a two-minute video.
He said that “social norms” about interpersonal behaviour have changed and vowed to be “mindful” of the new standards.
But he didn’t apologise for his past behaviour, arguing that he doesn’t believe politics should be “antiseptic” and has always tried to connect with people through physical touch.
“I’ve always tried to make a human connection. That’s my responsibility, I think. I shake hands. I hug people. I grab men and women by the shoulders and say ‘you can do this,’” Biden said.
“Whether they’re women, men, young, old, it’s the way I’ve always been. The way I’ve tried to show I care about them and I’m listening.”
But just hours after posting the video, three more women spoke out accusing him of “unwelcome” physical contact.
One of the new accusers was a former White House intern who said Biden got very close to her face and called her a “pretty girl”.
Vail Kohnert-Yount told the Washington Post she met him in 2013 and he had “pressed his forehead to my forehead while he talked to me”.
She added: “I was so shocked that it was hard to focus on what he was saying.
“I remember he told me I was a ‘pretty girl’.”
Sofie Karasek, another accuser, told the paper she had been discussing a case of sexual assault of a college student when Biden took her hands and placed his forehead against hers.
She said it was an awkward moment that made her feel uncomfortable, adding that his apology video was not enough.
Then a third women, Ally Coll, came forward claiming Biden held her “for a beat too long” during an event in 2008 when she was introduced to him.
Ms Coll said he leaned in, squeezed her shoulders and complimented her smile.
The fresh accusations come after four other women came forward to report being made to feel uncomfortable by Biden.
TOUCHING ‘FOR TOO LONG’
On Friday, former Nevada politician Lucy Flores wrote in New York Magazine that Biden approached her from behind, touched her shoulders and kissed the back of her head in 2014.
Another accuser Caitlyn Caruso, 22, said she was aged 19 when Biden allegedly placed his hand on her thigh at an event devoted to sexual assault in Las Vegas.
She told the New York Times, that she squirmed in her seat to show the former Senator that she was uncomfortable with his alleged touching.
Caruso, who is herself a sexual assault survivor, said Biden then hugged her and held it “just a little bit too long.”
Since then, another woman, Amy Lappos, has said Biden grabbed her face when he was thanking congressional staff at a 2009 event.
The ensuing scandal has been mocked by Donald Trump, who himself has been accused multiple times of sexual misconduct – allegations he denies.
TRUMP TRASHES BIDEN
On Tuesday, Trump taunted Biden at a Republican fundraiser saying: “Welcome to the world, Joe. You having a good time, Joe?”
In a video posted on Twitter yesterday, Biden acknowledged that his tendency toward physical displays of affection and encouragement has made some women uncomfortable.
Wearing a suit and open-collared shirt, he promised to be “much more mindful” of respecting personal space.
He said: “I want to talk about gestures of support and encouragement that I’ve made to some women and some men and I’ve made them uncomfortable.
“Social norms have begun to change. They’ve shifted.
“And the boundaries of protecting personal space have been reset. And I get it. I get it. I hear what they are saying. I understand.”
PLANS FOR THE PRESIDENCY
Biden also teased an announcement of his political plans, promising to “be talking to you about a whole lot of issues.”
The video was Biden’s first direct comment on what has tripped up his preparations to enter the 2020 Democratic presidential campaign.
He did not directly apologise but seemed to be seeking to ease people’s discomfort, which has raised questions about whether he could wage an effective campaign.
Biden, a former US senator from Delaware, first said in a statement that he did not recall the episode that Flores initially described in the magazine piece and then in subsequent interviews.
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Trump was asked Wednesday whether Biden should apologise for the ways he has interacted with women.
The US President replied: “No, he’s going to make his own decisions. He’s very capable of making a decision, I assume.”
A day earlier, Trump said: “Our former vice president, I was going to call him. I don’t know him well.
“I was gonna say, ‘Welcome to the world, Joe. You having a good time, Joe?’”
Sofie Karasek accused Biden on Wednesday[/caption]
Joe Biden has addressed his ‘inappropriate touching’ after being accused by four women of invading their personal space[/caption]
The former US Vice President is expected to announce his intention to run for president in 2020[/caption]
In a video posted on Twitter, Biden promised to change his behaviour but failed to apologise for any alleged misconduct[/caption]
Caitlyn Caruso claims Biden placed a hand on her thigh and held a hug ‘just a little bit too long’ at an event in Vegas[/caption]
Amy Lappos said she felt uncomfortable when Biden touched her at a 2009 political fundraiser.[/caption]
Another Biden accuser is Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores[/caption]
Ally Coll claims Biden squeezed her shoulders and held her for ‘for a beat too long’ at a 2008 election event[/caption]
Vail Kohnert-Yount claimed Biden pushed their foreheads together when she was White House intern in 2013[/caption]
US President Trump mocked Biden at a Republican fundraiser on Tuesday[/caption]
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