A self-professed “gaffe machine,” Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has a hard time avoiding the awkward comments.
While he seems to have managed to keep his notorious handsy-ness somewhat curbed throughout the general election campaign season (to be fair, he’s been quite agressively socially distancing the whole time), he made some uncomfortable comments about young women dancing this week that have launched a revival of criticism for his long history of predatory behavior towards girls and women.
BizPac Review reports that, after watching a traditional Haitian dance at the Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami, Biden said: “The good news is, for me, I’m here. The bad news for you is I’m coming back,” Biden said. He then pointed to several young girls and gushed: “I want to see these beautiful young ladies. I want to see them dancing when they’re four years older too.”
In a video shared to Twitter, one disgusted user wrote, “Creepy Uncle Joe strikes again. These are the young girls that Biden wants to see dance in 4 years. Yikes.”
These are the young girls that Biden wants to see dance in 4 years. Yikes pic.twitter.com/Gz6F8A1rka
— Mythinformed (@MythinformedMKE) October 5, 2020
The former Vice President could have meant that he wanted to see them dance again in four years, when he’s running for re-election (imagine that), but it still would have been wiser to avoid commenting completely for Joe, since he’s been slammed for his creepiness so many times.
Like for this May 2019 incident BPR notes:
In May 2019, Joe told a 10-year-old girl that he thinks she’s as bright as she is good-looking while massaging her shoulders at a town hall for teachers.
In response to a question the little Hispanic girl asked, Biden bent down, got inches from her face, and cooed: “I’ll bet you’re as bright as you are good-looking.”