A number of women came forward earlier this year, shortly before former Vice President Joe Biden launched his 2020 presidential campaign, and complained that Biden’s overly “hands on” behavior made them feel “uncomfortable.”
Asked about the controversy during an interview this week, Biden’s wife Jill Biden praised those women for their “courage” in speaking out to share their feelings.
Jill Biden appeared on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” on Wednesday with host Trevor Noah to promote her newly released memoir, “Where the Light Enters: Building a Family, Discovering Myself.”
Toward the end of the interview, Noah broached the topic of the 2020 presidential campaign, specifically the former vice president’s habit of being “massage-y” with other women, though he hastened to add that the uncomfortable touching wasn’t of a sexual nature.
Noah asked his guest if she found it “strange or fair” that she sometimes had to field questions about her husband’s behavior, or if it was just “part of the game.”
“Took a lot of courage”
“Well, I think that is part of it, and I think, look, it took a lot of courage for women to step forward and say, ‘you know, you’re in my space,’ and Joe heard that,” Jill Biden replied.
“And it just won’t happen again. He heard what they were saying,” she said.
“But that’s part of it, and I’ll be out there with him on the campaign trail because I really do believe myself that he will make the best president, so I’ll be out there,” Biden added.
“Won’t happen again” — but it already has
Jill Biden seemed certain it “won’t happen again.” But just a day earlier, the former vice president raised eyebrows once again when he complimented a 10-year-old girl on her “good looks” and stood remarkably close behind her with his hands on her shoulders while speaking at an event in Texas on Tuesday.
In an informal video posted to social media in April, Biden blamed the complaints on “changing” “social norms,” but promised to “more mindful about respecting personal space in the future.”
But based on his record, odds are candidate Biden’s wayward hands will get a little “massage-y” with other women and girls on the campaign trail, followed by yet another assurance that ol’ Joe will keep his hands to himself going forward. Some things’ll never change.