US politician details uncomfortable kiss encounter with Joe Biden
An American politician named Lucy Flores has claimed that Joe Biden inappropriately touched and kissed her a political event.
Flores, who was running for Lieutenant Governor of Nevada at the time of the alleged incident, wrote about the experience in The Cut.
She wrote: "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?”
"I felt him get closer to me from behind. He leaned further in and inhaled my hair. I was mortified. I thought to myself, 'I didn’t wash my hair today and the vice-president of the United States is smelling it. And also, what in the actual fuck? Why is the vice-president of the United States smelling my hair?'
"He proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head. My brain couldn’t process what was happening. I was embarrassed. I was shocked. I was confused. There is a Spanish saying, “tragame tierra,” it means, 'earth, swallow me whole.'"
Flores clarifies that she is not suggesting Biden broke any laws, writing: "I’m not suggesting that Biden broke any laws, but the transgressions that society deems minor (or doesn’t even see as transgressions) often feel considerable to the person on the receiving end."
Biden, who is now 76 years old, is at the centre of rampant speculation that he might enter the Democratic primaries in an attempt to take on Donald Trump in the 2020 election. He served as Vice President under Barack Obama for eight years.
If he were to do so, it is likely that he would be a frontrunner, though it remains unclear whether this story will affect his popularity.