On Tuesday, a pro-Trump super PAC dropped an ad that takes aim at former Vice President Joe Biden’s alleged inappropriate touching of women and girls. Biden, who has yet to declare a suspected 2020 presidential run, has been plagued over the past couple weeks by heightened scrutiny over such questionable interactions, particularly in light of four women coming forward to express their discomfort in encounters with Mr. Biden.
The Great America PAC, according to The Hill, dumped six figures into the ad titled “Creepy Joe.” The minute-long video showcases children watching a television screen of Biden accuser former state Sen. Lucy Flores (D-NV) explaining the “mortifying” interaction she had with the then-vice president during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper. As the audio of the interview continues, the ad cuts to images of Mr. Biden touching young girls’ faces, arms, and shoulders, and pressing his face up against them and kissing their head.
The ad concludes with the text, “Our children are watching. What example will we set for them? Vote Trump 2020,” and links to www.StopJoeBiden.com.
“To have the vice president of the United States do that to me, so unexpectedly and just kind of out of nowhere, it was just shocking, because you don’t expect that kind of intimate behavior, you don’t expect that kind of intimacy from someone so powerful and someone who you have no relationship with whatsoever, to touch you and to feel you and to be so close to you in that way,” Flores told Tapper on Sunday.
The accuser also referenced a common named ascribed to the political figure due to his much-critiqued interactions with women and girls: “Creepy Uncle Joe” and “Creepy Biden.”
“And all it takes is for people to Google, you know, I hate to say it, but this is a term that’s out there that describes him, ‘Creepy Uncle Joe’ or ‘Creepy Biden’ and see what comes up in the Google search. It feels like endless images of him being inappropriate,” Flores said.
“Ask any man or any person of power in a position if they would go up to a woman that they have no relationship with where they’re in a professional setting and go up to them and touch them and smell them and kiss them,” she added. “Ask them if they would do that and if they think that’s okay. And their answer is always, no, of course not, it’s not okay.”
Biden has maintained his innocence, issuing a personal statement just before Flores hit the airwaves on Sunday.
“In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort,” Biden said, as reported by NBC News. “And not once — never — did I believe I acted inappropriately. If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully. But it was never my intention. I may not recall these moments the same way, and I may be surprised at what I hear.”
“But we have arrived at an important time when women feel they can and should relate their experiences, and men should pay attention. And I will,” he said, before stressing his “strong” advocacy “for the rights of women.”