Potential Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has been getting some unwanted press lately after a former Democratic senator and lieutenant governor candidate wrote a piece for New York Magazine accusing Biden of inappropriately touching her.
Lucy Flores’ account of him unexpectedly putting his hands on her shoulders from behind, sniffing her hair, and kissing the back of her head was not doubted by many people because it falls in line with other accounts and images made against so-called “America’s Creepy Uncle.”
But some liberals are rallying around the 76-year-old former vice president, defending his behavior in the era of the #MeToo movement. Two of them are MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough.
Brzezinski gave her defense of her friend Biden by saying, “There’s a lot of things I know about Joe Biden — I’ve known him for a long time — he is extremely affectionate extremely flirtatious in a completely safe way.”
“I am sure that somebody can misconstrue something he’s done. But as much as I can know what’s in anyone’s heart, I don’t think there is bad intent on his part at all,” she insisted.
A lot of people got weirded out with Brzezinski’s defense of Biden.
Rather than believing her at her word, Brzezinski also tried to cast doubt on Flores’ claim of inappropriate behavior by asking rhetorically, "Are we allowed to bring up that Lucy Flores is a huge Bernie [Sanders] person and she has political connections that might be counter to Biden’s goals?"
Her husband and co-host Joe Scarborough tried to interject, but his wife cut him off, adding, “Is it OK to bring up that this could be politically motivated, or are we just supposed to take all the words and the fact that she said she was violated at face value?”
“Are we supposed to just leave it there and have this attack on his credibility and his honor just sit there? Or are we allowed to talk about it?”
“You can bring it up, Mika, if you want your Twitter feed to look like your Twitter feed is going to look like today,” Scarborough warned her.
He pointed out to his wife that conservatives asked that same question she’s asking when Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s character was under attack during his confirmation hearings.
“The argument ‘All women must be believed, period, that’s the end of the conversation’ was the argument six months ago,” Scarborough reminded her.
But he wasn’t done: “I suppose I’m not allowed to say this because I’m a male, but just as an observer, that conversation has moved along to ‘women need to be believed, women to be heard, but there has to be due process out there.’ You have to hear both sides.”
“There has to be due process! There has to be some balance!”