Trump takes sly dig at 'creepy Joe', says Biden received donations from blue-collar workers and gave them 'kisses'
Donald Trump seemingly alluded to allegations that his presidential opponent Joe Biden "gets a little too touchy-feely with his supporters" in his speech on the closing day of the Republican National Convention on Thursday, August 27, much to the delight of the 1,500-strong crowd.
Delivering his acceptance speech at the South Lawn, the president said that Biden's election would be bad for the working class of the country because he would outsource their jobs but not before throwing a sly dig at the 77-year-old's checkered history disrespecting personal space.
"For 47 years, Joe Biden took the donations of blue-collar workers, gave them hugs, and even kisses," Trump said, emphasizing "kisses," before pausing mid-sentence as the crowd laughed and cheered. "... and told them he felt their pain -- and then he flew back to Washington and voted to ship their jobs to China and many other distant lands. Joe Biden spent his entire career outsourcing the dreams of American Workers, offshoring their jobs, opening their borders, and sending their sons and daughters to fight in endless foreign wars."
"Joe Biden is not the savior of America's soul — he is the destroyer of America's jobs, and if given the chance, he will be the destroyer of American greatness," he added.
While one can't be sure Trump had meant to poke fun at Biden, it certainly seemed that way to everyone present in the crowd, which included administration and campaign aides, advisers, staffers, and family, who greeted the jab with delight.
It wouldn't be surprising to learn that was the motive either considering the president had nicknamed his opponent "creepy Joe" after several women came forward to claim that the Democratic presidential nominee had behaved inappropriately with them.
The allegations first emerged in March 2019 when Lucy Flores, a former Nevada state assemblywoman, wrote an essay in The Cut where she described her uncomfortable run-in with the 77-year-old when he came to one of her rallies to help her fledgling campaign for lieutenant governor of Nevada. She said Biden, then the Vice President came close to her from behind, smelled her hair, and "proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head."
She said she couldn’t process what was happening" and was so "embarrassed" she wanted the Earth to swallow her whole. "I couldn’t move and I couldn’t say anything," she wrote. "I wanted nothing more than to get Biden away from me."
After the article's publication, six other women came forward to allege that Biden had either touched them inappropriately or violated their personal space in ways that made them feel uncomfortable.
Then, this past March, one of his former Senate aides accused him of sexually assaulting her while she was working as a staff assistant at his office in 1993. Tara Reade claimed the assault happened in the Spring of that year when she tracked down the then-Senator to deliver an athletic bag. She said he pushed her against a cold wall, started kissing her neck and hair, and propositioned her before getting angry that she rebuffed his advances.
Biden, however, had brushed off all the allegations by putting his behavior down as a remnant of a past where it was seen as generally acceptable."I shake hands, I hug people, I grab men and women by the shoulders and say, 'You can do this.' Whether they are women, men, young, old, it’s the way I’ve always been. It’s the way I show I care about them, that I listen," he said.