People aren’t feeling Biden’s ‘social norms are changing’ excuse

Early this morning, the Washington Post published the accounts of three more women who describe former Vice President Joe Biden’s inappropriate behavior toward them, bringing the total to seven in less than a week. Hours earlier, in a Twitter video, Biden had issued an explanation of sorts regarding the way he “connects” with people. 

However, many on social media are calling him out for the profound lack of apology in his video. At the core of his tweet and speech is the (very big) misunderstanding that touching and kissing women without already having some sort of intimate relationship with them was totally OK at some point history, which most women will agree is not true. Sure, men have done this historically, but women have never signed off on it, and to use it as an excuse is to say that how women feel has never mattered until now.

People aren’t buying his “social norms are changing” schpiel.

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Some didn’t pass up the opportunity to brutally mock his very basic approach to addressing his wrongdoing. 

Biden’s inappropriate touching of women has been documented on camera for years. However, on Friday, Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores wrote an op-ed explicitly accusing him of inappropriately touching her and making her uncomfortable.

Since Flores shared her experience, more women have come forward, including three whose accounts were published in the Post early this morning. At least two of them recounted Biden pressed his forehead against theirs while talking.

Sofie Karasek, one of the women who shared her experience with the Post, said that Biden is yet to “take ownership” of his actions. “Too often it doesn’t matter how the woman feels about it or they just assume that they’re fine with it,” she told the Post.

Up until now, many assumed Biden would make a 2020 presidential run; perhaps because of this, Biden has some seemingly surprising defenders in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate and rumored Biden running mate Stacey AbramsWhat his supporters and defenders seem to miss, however, is the problem lies less with Biden’s intentions and more with how the women were made to feel in the moment—and Biden still hasn’t apologized for that.

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Samira Sadeque

Samira Sadeque

Samira Sadeque is a New York-based journalist reporting on immigration, sexual violence, and mental health, and will sometimes write about memes and dinosaurs too. Her work also appears in Reuters, NPR, and NBC among other publications. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School, and her work has been nominated for SAJA awards. Follow: @Samideque