Former Nevada State Senator Lucy Flores has accused Joe Biden of sexual assault during a 2014 encounter. Flores and Biden were about to go on a rally for the upcoming elections when the assault happened.
This is Flores’ statement on the alleged assault:
Just before the speeches, we were ushered to the side of the stage where we were lined up by order of introduction. 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. 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. I wanted nothing more than to get Biden away from me. I had never experienced anything so blatantly inappropriate and unnerving before. He made me feel uneasy, gross, and confused. Imagine you’re at work and a male colleague who you have no personal relationship with approaches you from behind, smells your hair, and kisses you on the head. Now imagine it’s the CEO of the company. If Biden and I worked together in a traditional office, I would have complained to the HR department, but on the campaign trail, there’s no clear path for what to do when a powerful man crosses the line.
These allegations come as Democrats are expecting Joe Biden to officially announce that he is running for president. Joe Biden is currently leading the Democratic polls “with 29% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters saying they’ll vote for him in the 2020 primary if he runs,” according to a Quinnipiac poll.