Awkward Encounters with Joe Biden
In an op-ed written for The Cut, Lucy Flores, a democratic politician from Nevada, wrote about her experiences with Joe Biden when his office tried to help her run for Lieutenant Governor in 2014. In it she discusses her uncomfortable experience with the former vice president where he leaned in from behind her and sniffed her hair, then he gave her a kiss on the back of her head. Joe Biden has denied the incident, saying he’s never acted inappropriately with Lucy or any woman.
Here’s the thing, Biden has a history of awkward encounters with women. Today, Amy Lappos a resident of Connecticut told The Hartford Courant of her experience with Biden. At a fundraising luncheon in 2009, Lappos was volunteering for in support for Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn), Biden allegedly grabbed her head and rubbed his nose on hers.
But the bill doesn’t stop there.
Biden has been caught on tape in several instances inappropriately touching women. Instances of him whispering in women’s ears, grabbing women from behind above the waste, he also whispered into a preteen girl’s ear and then kissed the side of her head. All of this is well recorded too.
All this dust being kicked up from his past poses a serious threat to a potential 2020 bid for the white house. It seems his own party has begun to turn against him, even though he hasn’t officially announced a run this could be the final nail in the coffin.
Flores has been interviewed since her op-ed and expressed her support for Biden, saying:
“For the record, I don’t believe that it was a bad intention. I’m not in any way suggesting that I felt sexually assaulted or sexually harassed. I felt invaded. I felt there was a violation of my personal space.”
Either way, Biden will have to proceed with caution the next few days as more reports come out about his awkward encounters with women in the past. One thing that I wonder about is the difference between Biden’s wrong doings and sexual misconduct scandals in the past like say Brett Kavanaugh, the supreme court judge that was raked over the coals for an allegation of rape when he was in High school.
Should they be treated in the same light or is there a level of varying degree that should be taken between the two?
The President’s Border Wall
Over the weekend, President Trump announced that he would close all or parts of the U.S. Mexico border if the Mexican government didn’t do more to stop undocumented migrants from entering the U.S. On Saturday the State Department announced that it would cut off financial aide to three Central American Countries including: El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
In a tweet on Monday morning, the president defended his actions saying:
“Mexico must use its very strong immigration laws to stop the many thousands of people trying to get into the USA. Our detention areas are maxed out & we will take no more illegals. Next step is to close the Border! This will also help us with stopping the Drug flow from Mexico!”
This isn’t the first time that the president has threatened to close the border. Back in October, during the Midterms, the president threatened to do the same thing in an attempt to stop the migrant caravan that traveled from Honduras to seek asylum in the U.S.
On Sunday, the acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said on “This Week,” that the president will do anything he can for border security. Despite this, experts on the matter have argued that you can’t address the root causes of migration without aid to the countries where migration is happening, by cutting off aid, more migrants would come from these countries. Furthermore, critics have argued that closing the border could be economically disastrous for the U.S.
It does seem like this will backfire for the president and he doesn’t really need any more bad press despite being almost fully cleared by the Mueller report last week. Democrats will no doubt use this and the fact that the government shutdown failure to steal voters from his base.
The Mueller Report Update
Finally, in news related to the ongoing battle to get the Mueller report released to congress, it was announced that the House Judiciary Committee plans to issue a subpoena for it full and unredacted. Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler urged AG William Barr to try and meet the deadline originally given to him to release the report which was Tuesday, April 2nd.
In an op-ed published for The New York Times on Monday, Nadler said that his committee would do everything it can to get the full report without redactions saying:
“We have an obligation to read the full report and the Department of Justice has an obligation to provide it, in its entirety, without delay. If the department is unwilling to produce the full report voluntarily, then we will do everything in our power to secure it for ourselves.”
This comes days after Barr said that he will have a redacted version of the report available by mid-April. He also underlined what he would be redacting from the report, including things that could compromise ongoing investigations, classified information as well as information obtained by grand jury subpoenas. Barr has also outlined that he will redact information to protect “personal privacy and reputational interests of third parties.”
I’m not exactly sure what redacting information to protect personal privacy and reputation of those involved with the investigation means. These people were involved in an investigation that has been circling around the media for two years. I suppose it could mean that these people were inadvertently involved but at any rate they still has something to do with it and people deserve the right to know everything in the report.
If you were involved in some way with an investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 election, you don’t deserve privacy from the American public.
That’s it for this briefing. However, if I missed anything that you would like to talk about or if you would like to discuss today’s news, feel free to post below in the comments.