Joe Biden declared he’ll be ‘more mindful about respecting personal space in the future’ in a Twitter video, and Trump poked fun at the clip by posting an edited version. But Biden didn’t let Trump have the last laugh.
Joe Biden, 76, basically said “checkmate.” After the former vice president vowed to be more “mindful” of his physical interactions with people in a two-minute video shared on April 3, Donald Trump, 72, tweeted out a parody video that made fun of Biden’s tendency to grab people by the shoulders. “WELCOME BACK JOE!” the POTUS captioned the video, but Biden threw the shade right back: “I see that you are on the job and presidential, as always.” Very well said — sending out questionable tweets really does mean that Trump is “on the job.”
Biden’s apologetic video was far from lighthearted, however. “I’ve never thought of politics as cold and antiseptic. I’ve always thought about connecting with people. As I said, shaking hands, hands on the shoulder, a hug, encouragement,” the former second-in-command to Barack Obama explained in the video below. “Now it’s all about taking selfies together, you know. Social norms have begun to change, they’re shifted, and the boundaries of protecting personal space have been reset, and I get it, I get it. I hear what they’re saying, I understand it. And I’ll be much more mindful ― that’s my responsibility. That’s my responsibility, and I’ll meet it.” In the video’s caption, Biden reiterated, “I will be more mindful about respecting personal space in the future.”
Biden’s apologetic video came after former Nevada assemblywoman Lucy Flores, 39, accused the Democratic politician of “kissing” the back of her head at her campaign rally in Las Vegas on Nov. 1, 2014. The lawyer clarified the behavior wasn’t “sexual” or “violent,” but Flores found the alleged act to be “inappropriate and unnerving.” She also recalled a headline-making video in which Biden kissed Senator Chuck Grassley’s wife on the lips in Jan. 2017.
I see that you are on the job and presidential, as always. https://t.co/j7wh3opXOv
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 4, 2019
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. pic.twitter.com/Ya2mf5ODts
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 3, 2019
In light of the accusation, some people have defended Biden (Meghan McCain called him “compassionate”), while two more women recalled alleged encounters with the politician that made them uncomfortable for a story in The New York Times. All eyes have been on Biden as there’s talk he may announce his bid to join the 2020 presidential race.