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MeToo founder Tarana Burke condemns Joe Biden’s ‘inexcusable’ responses to unwanted touching allegations

MeToo founder Tarana Burke condemns Joe Biden’s ‘inexcusable’ responses to unwanted touching allegationsThe founder of the MeToo movement has hit out at Joe Biden for jokingly referring to complaints made against him by women about unwanted physical contact. Tarana Burke, who founded the movement against sexual harassment and assault, said the former vice president’s light-hearted response was “disrespectful and inexcusable”.Ms Burke, who first started using the phrase “MeToo” to raise awareness about the prevalence of sexual misconduct in 2006, said the women were right to speak out against the veteran Democrat. But she Mr Biden appeared to be misconstruing the point they were attempting to make.“So now he’s making jokes? This is disrespectful and inexcusable,” she wrote on Twitter. She added: “It’s not that people become more ‘sensitive’ over time as Biden suggested. And it’s not just about personal space or intention – it’s about bodily autonomy, it’s about power and leadership, and it’s about living into who we say we are and who we want to be.”“He has *not* been accused of sexual assault. No one is calling for him to be incarcerated or sent away. He has been called to task for deeply problematic behaviour that many folks, particularly men, engage in regularly – and that’s a GOOD thing.”Society could not only be angry when it is a “Weinstein situation”, Ms Burke said, referring to disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein who has been accused by more than 80 women – including some of the most famous actors in Hollywood – of varying degrees of sexual misconduct going back decades.He is currently facing criminal charges on five counts of sexual abuse, including rape, relating to two accusers – charges he denies.Ms Burke said that “lesser talked about, often ignored violations and indignities” serve to intensify a “culture of silence around all sexual harassment and violence”.Mr Biden did not directly address the accusations in his first public appearance since several women came forward with allegations of unwanted physical contact.> Yes, Biden has been instrumental in work to support women. No, that doesn’t mean he’s above reproach or can’t course correct – but FIRST – he has to do some personal work and not just ‘being mindful’ but apologizing and using the tons of resources available to him.> > — Tarana (@TaranaBurke) > > April 5, 2019The 76-year-old, who is widely expected to enter the 2020 presidential race, was introduced by the president of the union, Lonnie Stephenson, as he took the stage in Washington at a gathering of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers on Friday.“I just want you to know – I had permission to hug Lonnie,” Mr Biden quipped.The crowd, which was largely male, burst into laughter. The politician later made a similar joke after inviting a group of children onstage and putting his arm around a young boy.“By the way, he gave me permission to touch him,” he said, again sparking laughter.Mr Biden said: “Everybody knows I like kids more than people”.The politician, who has been jointly elected twice as the running mate of former president Barack Obama, has not been accused of sexual assault or harassment but the women have said they felt he violated their personal space.Before his appearance Mr Biden, who is likely to be among Democratic favourites if he were to launch his third run for the White House, promised to change his behaviour in a video.He said: “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 of personal space in the future. That’s my responsibility and I will meet it.”Speaking to reporters after Friday’s event, Mr Biden was asked if he would apologise to the women directly.He said: “I’m sorry I didn’t understand. I’m not sorry for any of my intentions.”He added: “I literally think it is incumbent upon me and I think everybody else to make sure that if you embrace someone, if you touch someone, it’s with their consent, regardless of your intention.”At least four women have recently come forward to accuse Mr Biden of unwanted physical contact.Lucy Flores, a Democrat who served in the Nevada state assembly, former congressional aide Amy Lappos, Caitlyn Caruso and DJ Hill. All said he either touched them or hugged them in a way that made them uncomfortable.Donald Trump, who was accused of sexual harassment or assault by two-dozen women when he ran in 2016, has capitalised on the allegations to mock Mr Biden and tweeted a doctored video showing Mr Biden appearing to put his hands on his own shoulders.Pressed about whether he deemed Mr Biden a threat on Friday, the president replied: “No, I don’t see Joe Biden as a threat. No. I don’t see him as a threat. I think he’s only a threat to himself.”



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Biden jokes about hugs in first appearance since women complained of unwanted touches

Biden jokes about hugs in first appearance since women complained of unwanted touchesIn his first public appearance since allegations by women who say he touched them inappropriately surfaced, former Vice President Joe Biden twice made light of the claims.



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Amid complaints of unwanted touching, Biden jokes he got 'permission' to hug

Amid complaints of unwanted touching, Biden jokes he got 'permission' to hugBy James Oliphant WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, facing a growing swell of allegations that he has made women uncomfortable with his use of physical contact, made light of the controversy on Friday while continuing to lay the groundwork for a 2020 presidential run. Speaking to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Washington, Biden joked that he “had permission” to hug the union’s male president, Lonnie Stephenson. The welcoming, mostly male audience responded with laughter and cheers. …



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Amid complaints of unwanted touching, Biden jokes he got 'permission' to hug

Amid complaints of unwanted touching, Biden jokes he got 'permission' to hugBy James Oliphant WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, facing a growing swell of allegations that he has made women uncomfortable with his use of physical contact, made light of the controversy on Friday while continuing to lay the groundwork for a 2020 presidential run. Speaking to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Washington, Biden joked that he “had permission” to hug the union’s male president, Lonnie Stephenson. The welcoming, mostly male audience responded with laughter and cheers. …



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Joe Biden's presidential hopes face crisis as second accuser details unwanted touching

Joe Biden's presidential hopes face crisis as second accuser details unwanted touchingJoe Biden is facing the first major crisis of an as-yet-unannounced presidential bid after a second woman accused him of unwanted touching and Democrats debated if the claims should disqualify him. The former US vice president was said to have pulled a woman’s head towards him to “rub noses” at a political event – an allegation that emerged just days after a similar claim became public.  Amy Lappos, the former congressional aide who made the accusation, said the behaviour was not “sexual” but it was inappropriate and called on Mr Biden not to seek the White House.  The developments have put Mr Biden’s conduct around some women, which supporters describe as affectionate but critics call “handsy”, in the spotlight and raised questions about his presidential hopes.  Mr Biden comfortably tops polls for who should win the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination to take on Donald Trump, though the vote is still 20 months away.   Amy Lappos, central in black and white top, and Joe Biden, left, at an event in October 2009 Credit: Courtesy of Amy Lappos However unlike more than a dozen rival candidates, Mr Biden has waited before jumping into the ring – though an announcement is widely expected and could come within weeks.  Nancy Pelosi, the most senior Democrat in the House of Representatives, treadled a careful line on Tuesday when addressing the claims, aware of the political implications of her reaction.  She said the claims should not “disqualify” Mr Biden from running for office but urged him to reconsider his behaviour in the future.  “I’ve known Joe Biden a long time. My grandchildren love Joe Biden. I mean he’s an affectionate person, to children, to senior citizens, to everyone. That’s just the way he is,” Ms Pelosi said.  However she urged him to join the “straight arm club” by meeting people with a handshake.  “He has to understand in the world that we’re in now that people’s space is important to them. And what’s important is how they receive it, not necessarily how you intended it," she said.  Lucy Flores said that Joe Biden had acted inappropriately at a political event in 2014 Credit: AP Photo/John Locher Democratic 2020 candidates also offered nuanced responses to the allegations, stating that they believed the women but stopping short of calling for Mr Biden not to launch a bid.  Sen. Kamala Harris of California said she believed his accusers but that it's up to Mr Biden to decide whether to run. Over the weekend, presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren said Mr Biden "needs to give an answer" about what occurred. Another 2020 hopeful, Kirsten Gillibrand, said: "If Vice President Biden becomes a candidate, this is a topic he'll have to engage on further." Ms Lappos’s account emerged on Monday after she posted about her experience online and later gave an interview to the Connecticut newspaper The Hartford Courant.  The incident occurred at a 2009 political fundraiser Greenwich, Connecticut, when Mr Biden was vice president and Ms Lappos was an aide to congressman Jim Himes.  She told the paper: "It wasn't sexual, but he did grab me by the head. 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.” She added: “There's absolutely a line of decency. There's a line of respect. Crossing that line is not grandfatherly. It's not cultural. It's not affection. It's sexism or misogyny." Joe Biden's talks to customers during a stop at Cruisers Diner in Seaman, Ohio, in 2012 Credit: AP A few days before the claim emerged, another woman, Lucy Flores, said Mr Biden had once put his hands on her shoulders, smelt her hair and kissed the back of her head at a political event.  “Yes, of course, I want him to change his behavior. And I want him to acknowledge it was wrong,” Ms Flores said in an interview about the incident, which happened in 2014 when she was running as a Democrat to be Nevada lieutenant governor.  The claims have led to days of debate on cable news channels about Mr Biden’s behaviour in light of the MeToo movement, which triggered a watershed moment in the discussion about sexual harassment. In a lengthy statement issued after the first accusation and reportedly shared when approached about the second, Mr Biden denied acting inappropriately.  Part of the statement read: "In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort. And not once – never – did I believe I acted inappropriately. If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully. But it was never my intention. “I may not recall these moments the same way, and I may be surprised at what I hear. But we have arrived at an important time when women feel they can and should relate their experiences, and men should pay attention. And I will.” Donald Trump took a shot  Mr Biden on Tuesday, mocking him over the allegations. Former Defence Secretary Ashton Carter makes remarks as his wife Stephanie listens with  Joe Biden Credit: Getty In a speech to a fundraising dinner for the National Republican Congressional Committee, the US president twice alluded to the claims. Mr Trump told the dinner, which raised $ 23 million for Republicans running for the House of Representatives, a story about wanting to kiss a general he met in Iraq who had promised an expedient end to a campaign against Islamic State militants in Syria. "I said, 'General: come here and give me a kiss.' I felt like Joe Biden," Mr Trump said, drawing laughter and applause. Earlier, he told the crowd – which was dotted with members of the House – that they would be "going into the war with some socialists" in the next election. "It looks like the only non-, sort of, heavy socialist is being taken care of pretty well by the socialists," Mr Trump said. The President, who  has denied multiple accusations of sexual misconduct on his part, said: "Welcome to the world, Joe. You having a good time, Joe?"



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Joe Biden allegations: Second woman accuses former vice-president of unwanted touching

Joe Biden allegations: Second woman accuses former vice-president of unwanted touchingA second woman has accused Joe Biden of unwanted touching, as another rushed to defend the US former vice president against a “misleading” photograph. Amy Lappos claimed that Mr Biden “put his hand around my neck and pulled me in to rub noses”“When he was pulling me in, I thought he was going to kiss me on the mouth," she told The Hartford Courant newspaper. Ms Lappos said she met Mr Biden when she was working as a volunteer for Democrat Jim Hines. In a separate Facebook post, she called the exchange at a 2009 fundraiser, an “incredibly uncomfortable situation”. Her claims came days after Lucy Flores, a former Democratic politician in Nevada, claimed in The Cut that Mr Biden kissed the back of her head during a campaign stop. She wrote that the interaction between her and the former vice president was a “violation of my personal space,” but that it did not rise to the level of sexual misconduct or a form of assault. “As I was taking deep breaths and preparing myself to make my case to the crowd, I felt two hands on my shoulders. I froze. ‘Why is the vice-president of the United States touching me?’” Ms Flores said. “I felt him get closer to me from behind. He leaned further in and inhaled my hair. I was mortified.”While some have criticised Mr Biden for being too physical with female colleagues, supporters and others, others have said pictures showing him with his hands around women are “misleading”. Stephanie Carter, who is the wife of former Defence Secretary Ashton B Carter, wrote an article for the Medium website defending the 76-year-old after photo of an exchange between the pair went viral after Ms Flores’ allegations surfaced.“Let me state upfront that I don’t know [Flores], but I absolutely support her right to speak her truth and she should be, like all women, believed,” she wrote. “But her story is not mine. She added: "The Joe Biden in my picture is a close friend helping someone get through a big day, for which I will always be grateful. So, as the sole owner of my story, it is high time that I reclaim it — from strangers, Twitter, the pundits and the late-night hosts.”Meanwhile, Ms Carter said she was “uncharacteristically nervous” the day the photo was take on her and Mr Biden, as she had fallen on ice outside of the Pentagon before the event took place. Mr Biden noticed her worrying, she wrote, and “quickly gave me a hug.” She added the vice president “kept his hands on my shoulders as a means of offering his support.” Mr Biden denied he had acted “inappropriately” towards Ms Flores in a statement, but said he would “listen respectfully” to women sharing their stories. He did not respond to Ms Lappos’ claims but did offer general sympathy for women who have expressed discomfort with his interactions.“In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort. And not once — never — did I believe I acted inappropriately," he said. "If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully. But it was never my intention. I may not recall these moments the same way, and I may be surprised at what I hear. But we have arrived at an important time when women feel they can and should relate their experiences, and men should pay attention. And I will."



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Joe Biden says he 'never' acted inappropriately after an ex-Nevada state rep. claims he gave her an unwanted kiss

Joe Biden says he 'never' acted inappropriately after an ex-Nevada state rep. claims he gave her an unwanted kiss"I felt — I felt powerless.”



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Didn't get what you want for Christmas? How to return, exchange or sell unwanted holiday gifts.

Didn't get what you want for Christmas? How to return, exchange or sell unwanted holiday gifts.Instead of settling for a duplicate Christmas gift or ugly sweater you'll never wear, you can return, exchange or sell your unwanted holiday gifts.



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India Says 21 Million of its Girls are ‘Unwanted’ Due to a Preference for Sons

India Says 21 Million of its Girls are ‘Unwanted’ Due to a Preference for SonsThere are 21 million "unwanted" girls in India due to parents favoring having sons instead of daughters, government figures show



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Woman Says Al Franken Told Her An Unwanted Kiss Was His 'Right As An Entertainer'

Woman Says Al Franken Told Her An Unwanted Kiss Was His 'Right As An Entertainer'A seventh woman has come forward with a sexual misconduct accusation against Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.).



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