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Biden Addresses Sexual Misconduct Allegations: ‘It’s The Way I’ve Always Been’

"I've always been. It's the way I've tried to show that I care about them and I'm listening..."

By NTK Staff | 04.03.2019 @3:19pm
Biden Addresses Sexual Misconduct Allegations: ‘It’s The Way I’ve Always Been’

Former Vice President Joe Biden released a video on Wednesday responding to the allegations of sexual misconduct that several women have made against him in recent days, saying “it’s the way I’ve always been” and adding that he would change his behavior going forward.

“Social norms are changing. I understand that, and I’ve heard what these women are saying. Politics to me has always been about making connections, but I will be more mindful about respecting personal space in the future. That’s my responsibility, and I will meet it,” Biden tweeted.

Biden’s tweet included a video in which the former vice president addressed the allegations further.

“Today I want to talk about gestures of support and encouragement that I’ve made to women and some men that have made them uncomfortable,” Biden said in the Twitter video.

Biden went on to say that throughout his carer in politics, he has tried to make a human connection with the people he meets.

“I hug people. I grab men and women by the shoulders and say, ‘You can do this,’ and whether they’re women, men, old, it’s the way I’ve always been. It’s the way I’ve tried to show that I care about them and [that] I’m listening,” Biden said. “It’s just who I am. I’ve never thought of politics as cold and antiseptic. I’ve always thought about it as connecting with people.”

“Social norms have begun to change. They’ve shifted, and the boundaries of protecting personal space have been reset, and I get it,” Biden said. “And I’ll be much more mindful.”

Biden then touted his record advocating for women’s rights while in public office before promising again to change his behavior.

CNN’s MJ Lee pointed out that Biden does not apologize or say he is sorry in the video, and the New York Times’ Jonathan Martin noted that team Biden likely released this video because “they don’t want to risk a TV sit-down” interview.

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