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Biden’s hands-off ‘naked woman’ scenario at campaign event raises eyebrows
Vice President Joe Biden is a gaffe machine with no off switch, and of all the topics you’d think he might steer away from, touching women would have to be a the top of the list.
After all, he is commonly referred to as “creepy Uncle Joe” over an inability to keep his hands to himself.
Speaking at a campaign event in South Carolina on Tuesday, Biden was talking about the Violence Against Women Act, which he drafted as a U.S. senator, when he offered an ill-advised scenario of a woman walking naked to say that “no man has a right to touch her.”
“No man has a right to lay a hand on a woman for any reason other than self-defense,” Biden said. “If someone in this room got up, took off all their clothes, and walked out the door, no man has a right to touch her.
While it’s understandable the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate would want to pander to women, Biden’s assertion leaves one to wonder if he thinks that by having clothes on, women forfeit this right?
Biden’s comment was part of a long, rambling, 20-minute response to a question about overpopulation, where he discussed women’s rights and said one answer would be to help women in poor countries get abortions, according to the Washington Examiner.
The ability to kill unborn babies empowering women, according to Biden.
“The majority of the world’s population growth takes place in the poorest countries in the world, where women aren’t being empowered. What will you do to help empower women in the world’s poorest countries?” Biden told the small crowd.
Biden has used the “naked woman” scenario in the past while speaking at the United State of Women Summit in 2016.
“That’s why one of the most important things we did in the Violence Against Women Act was to articulate the basic moral principle that every single woman has a fundamental right to live her life free of violence,” he said at the time.
“I remember when we did the act, when we were debating it, I said if a woman in this audience got up, stripped down, stark naked, and walked over to the United States Capitol, she has a right to be arrested for indecent exposure, but no man, even in that circumstance, has a right to touch her,” Biden said. “No man has a right to touch her! Period! Period! Period!”
“This abuse is not a personal matter. It’s not a family issue,” he added. “It’s not a misunderstanding of something she had coming. Violence against women is a crime, pure and simple, deserving of our nation’s legal and moral disapprobation.”
Joe is fantasizing again.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden seemed to be struggling with his selective memory again at a campaign event in South Carolina.
The former vice president told his Georgetown audience this week that he “became a professor” after leaving the White House in 2017, despite the fact that he never taught a single class.
Though Biden was named the “Benjamin Franklin Presidential Practice Professor” for the University of Pennsylvania in 2017, the school apparently never expected him to actually teach any classes.
Biden baffled voters with his claim, adding to a growing list of gaffes, misstatements and distorted recollections that have plagued the 77-year-old Democrat.
“When I got out of teaching – excuse me – when I got out of the United States Senate, instead of taking a Wall Street job, they’re not bad…but instead of doing the things I never did before, I figured I wasn’t going to change all these years of what I was comfortable doing,” Biden rambled.
“So I became a teacher, I became a professor,” he said.
“But here’s the deal, I also wrote a book about my son because I wanted people to know what a remarkable kid my son was,” he added, referring to Beau Biden, an Iraq War veteran who served as the attorney general of Delaware and died at the age of 46 after a battle with brain cancer. “It stunned me, I didn’t realize it, I made a lot of money.”
But Biden’s educational stint was not quite accurate, and did not follow on the heels of his Senate departure but came at the end of his tenure as vice president in the Obama administration.
An article in The Daily Pennsylvanian in 2017 declared in its headline “No One Is Really Sure What Joe Biden Will Be Doing At Penn,” and reported that “administrators, professors and politically minded students alike are still confused about the nature of his role at the University.”
Biden spokesperson Kate Bedingfield told the news outlet at the time that the former vice president would not be teaching classes. University spokesperson Stephen MacCarthy said the “details are still being ironed out” on Biden’s role a few weeks after he was hired in February 2017, soon after he left office.
Vice Provost Anita Allen indicated that Biden was hired to “lead the Washington D.C. Penn Biden Center” though that did not open until 2018. Biden reportedly he took a leave of absence in April 2019 to launch his presidential bid. He was reportedly paid $776,527 by the school for four speeches in 2017 and another four speeches in 2018.
“Joe Biden is paid an egregious amount of money for the limited amount of work that he does on this campus,” student James Morrison wrote last year, noting that his salary was $371,159 in 2017 and $405,368 in 2018.
Morrison argued that the university was “paying an awful lot of money for someone whose job more or less boils down to being a PR prop.”
Biden’s stretching of the facts during this week’s campaign event followed clarifications he was forced to make about claims that he was arrested in the 1970s as he sought to meet with anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela in South Africa. “When I said ‘arrested’ I meant I was not able to move, cops would not let me go with them and made me stay where I was,” he told CNN. “I guess I wasn’t arrested, I was stopped, I was not able to move where I wanted to go.”