Joe Biden Has Learned Nothing

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It seems like just yesterday former Vice President and current presidential hopeful Joe Biden vaguely apologized for habitually invading other people’s personal space with his creepy touching. But in fact, it was nearly two months ago, and Biden still seems unable to keep his hands to himself.

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Indeed, at an American Federation of Teachers town hall in Houston on Tuesday night (where he unrolled a pretty decent education plan, to be fair) Biden pulled out another Classic Biden Move, per Washington Post reporter Felicia Sonmez .“In a somewhat odd moment at tonight’s AFT town hall, Biden tells a 10-year-old girl, ‘I’ll bet you’re as bright as you are good-looking,’” she tweeted. “He takes her over to the assembled reporters, then stands behind her and puts his hands on her shoulders while he’s talking.”

It’s on video (starts at 43:20):

Now, I am sure Biden meant nothing by this. He was responding to the 10-year-old’s question about “divisions in this country,” (sigh) per Politico, and he put his hands on his shoulders while introducing her to the press, since she told him her favorite subject was journalism.

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But it is clear Biden has learned nothing. Biden is not listening. It’s not that hard not to touch someone! And yet, he can’t seem to stop doing it. Over the last few months, a slew of women have attempted to point out to him, again and again, why it is not OK for him to put his hands on their shoulders, or sniff their hair, or kiss the backs of their heads—not just that it is wrong, but why. Biden promised to respect women’s space, and yet he has not; he said he would do better, but he did not. “It’s my responsibility to make sure I bend over backwards to try to understand how not to do that,” he said on The View in April, when asked to address the creepy touching, and yet here we are.

It’s troubling that Biden can’t see why it’s inappropriate to comment on a 10-year-old’s beauty, or why it’s demeaning to juxtapose a girl’s looks with her intelligence. And it doesn’t bode well for a presidential candidate not to listen, not that that’s much news when it comes to Biden. Election 2020 is, as ever, a long and weary road.

Night blogger, author of GOOD THINGS HAPPEN TO PEOPLE YOU HATE.

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I don’t fucking care. And you know why? Because just yesterday McConnell stated with a snarky laugh that should a seat open up on the Supreme Court next year he will ignore what he said when Obama appointed Merrick Garland and jam someone through. The Right has been weaponizing the courts for years while we Dems and Independents make our candidates take a purity test and satisfy our fever dreams of a squeaky-clean gift from God, and it’s time to fight back so get your ass to the polls and vote D straight down the ticket no matter who the nominee is. I felt like I was screaming on this site leading up to Nov. 2016 to hold your nose and vote for Hillary for this very reason and now we’re beginning to see the effects of staying home or voting third party. Roe? Likely gone. My marriage to my husband? Probably next. Trans rights? yeah, right.