Joe Biden jokes about controversy over touching women

Trump says he’s ‘a very good messenger’ on Biden’s close physical contact with women

Trump says he’s ‘a very good messenger’ on Biden’s close physical contact with women

Biden's awkwardness with women is no secret.

"I am not sorry for any of my intentions". It was never my intention.

The moment came as Biden was welcomed on stage for an event hosted by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). "To make light of something as serious as consent degrades the conversation women everywhere are courageously trying to have". I have never been disrespectful intentionally to a man or a woman.

The former state legislator has accused Biden of smelling her hair and then kissing her head at a 2014 rally when she ran for lieutenant governor. With the number of women coming forward at a pace of one per day (seven women leveled accusations over the course of seven days), Biden finally attempted to tackle the issue directly on Wednesday, posting a video statement in which he described his handling of women as an attempt to make a "human connection" and pledged to change his behavior amid shifting "social norms".

But the doctored video retweeted by Trump shows images of Biden popping up behind the former vice president, touching and nuzzling him.

Mr Trump told reporters Mr Biden is "going through a situation" and that he didn't regard him as a political threat.

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The former DE senator's remarks were his first public comments since more than a half-dozen women aired their complaints that he had touched them inappropriately at political events. "I think he's only a threat to himself".

In his address, he stressed his family´s blue-collar roots and wondered aloud how some Americans had "gotten so damn elitist".

"This country was not built by Wall Street banks, and CEOs and hedge fund managers", he said. "They will be voting for me!"

"It was built by the great American middle class", and the group that forged the country's middle class was "unions", he added.

Throughout his almost five decades in public life, Biden has indulged a personal style in which he regularly dispenses hugs, holds hands, and presses his forehead against someone else's.

Biden has tried to answer for some of those past positions - including his handling of Anita Hill's testimony during Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's confirmation hearing - but many activists believe he has not gone far enough.

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