Donald Trump defends his retweet of Joe Biden parody video

Minnie Murray
April 6, 2019

President Trump, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than a dozen women, said Friday that he considers himself "a very good messenger" when it comes to the scrutiny former vice president Joe Biden is getting for instances of close physical contact with women.

Flores alleged that Biden had kissed her on the back of her head at a 2014 Nevada rally, a move that made her feel "uneasy, gross, and confused". "I did", Biden said before an audience of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. I shake hands, I hug people, I grab men and women by the shoulders to say "You can do this".

Trump mocked Biden in a video tweet on Thursday, to which Biden responded: "I see that you are on the job and presidential, as always".

In Wednesday's video, Biden said, "I've never thought of politics as cold and antiseptic". I'm not sorry for anything I have ever done.

Flores wasn't impressed. She tweeted: "To make light of something as serious as consent degrades the conversation women everywhere are courageously trying to have".

Biden, who is mulling a run for president, has faced scrutiny over the last week over his past of touchy behavior around women and girls.

Biden attempted to tamp down the controversy with a video in which he vowed to be "more mindful about respecting personal space in the future".

Biden recounted a time when he said the dignity of teachers, sanitation and electrical line workers was treasured and the nation felt it had a common objective. That's my responsibility I think. He said he's been "told by the lawyers I have to be careful with what I say, so I don't start the clock ticking".

Friday was the second time in two days the president attacked Biden on Twitter.

Biden, who is gearing up to become a Democratic frontrunner in 2020 (though he hasn't announced he is running yet) is facing accusations of improper touching from seven women who accuse him of touching them improperly. I hear what they're saying.

"Yeah, I think I'm a very good messenger, and people got a kick out of it", he said.

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