TRIGGER WARNING: This blog post contains a written description of an act of sexual misconduct. Reader discretion is strongly advised.
In an article for The Cut, former Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores, who served two terms in the lower house of the Nevada Legislature from 2011 to 2015, accused former Vice President Joe Biden, who is considering whether or not to run for president, of sexual misconduct in 2014, while Biden was Vice President and while Flores was a Nevada Assemblywoman running for Lieutenant Governor of Nevada:
I found my way to the holding room for the speakers, where everyone was chatting, taking photos, and getting ready to speak to the hundreds of voters in the audience. Just before the speeches, we were ushered to the side of the stage where we were lined up by order of introduction. As I was taking deep breaths and preparing myself to make my case to the crowd, I felt two hands on my shoulders. I froze. “Why is the vice-president of the United States touching me?”
I felt him get closer to me from behind. He leaned further in and inhaled my hair. I was mortified. I thought to myself, “I didn’t wash my hair today and the vice-president of the United States is smelling it. And also, what in the actual fuck? Why is the vice-president of the United States smelling my hair?” He proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head. My brain couldn’t process what was happening. I was embarrassed. I was shocked. I was confused. There is a Spanish saying, “tragame tierra,” it means, “earth, swallow me whole.” I couldn’t move and I couldn’t say anything. I wanted nothing more than to get Biden away from me. My name was called and I was never happier to get on stage in front of an audience.
By then, as a young Latina in politics, I had gotten used to feeling like an outsider in rooms dominated by white men. But I had never experienced anything so blatantly inappropriate and unnerving before. Biden was the second-most powerful man in the country and, arguably, one of the most powerful men in the world. He was there to promote me as the right person for the lieutenant governor job. Instead, he made me feel uneasy, gross, and confused. The vice-president of the United States of America had just touched me in an intimate way reserved for close friends, family, or romantic partners — and I felt powerless to do anything about it.Source
I believe Lucy Flores.
Here’s the one sentence version of what Flores has accused Biden of: Joe Biden kissed Lucy Flores without her consent. That is sexual misconduct, period.
I would not normally recommend one way or another as to whether someone should run for public office, but I strongly recommend that Joe Biden not seek the Democratic nomination for president, as, if the Democratic Party were to nominate someone credibly accused of sexual misconduct for president, that would all but guarantee Donald Trump a second term in the White House, and that is something that this country simply cannot afford.