Creepy Joe Biden Told 10-Year-Old Girl That She Is As Bright As Good-Looking

The Democratic Presidential candidate has received immense backlash for his creepy comment and for subsequently inappropriate touching of a 10-year-old.
Despite vowing to exhibit behavior that is more considerate of other people's personal space, it appears that former Vice President Joe Biden has learned nothing about consent — even after being called out for his pattern of inappropriate conduct around women in professional settings, on multiple occasions, by numerous victims. On Tuesday, May 28, Biden, who recently announced his candidacy for the 2020 Presidential elections, made an unseemly comment about a 10-year-old's appearance and subsequently held her by the shoulders in an uncomfortable manner, reports Washington Times. Unsurprisingly, the Democratic candidate has come under fire for his actions, with people doubting his ability to perform should he enter the highest office in the United States.
Creepy Joe Biden Told 10-Year-Old Girl That She Is As Bright As Good-Looking
On Tuesday night, Biden was attending a town hall event in Houston, Texas, with the American Federation of Teachers, a teachers' union, where he unveiled a new set of education policy proposals and answered some questions from audience members. That is when a 10-year-old girl stood up and asked the Presidential hopeful about the unfair divisions within the country. Biden, of course, used the opportunity to make an unnecessary and inappropriate comment rather than just respond to the question.
Creepy Joe Biden Told 10-Year-Old Girl That She Is As Bright As Good-Looking

After some forgettable comments about immigration, Biden responded, "I’ll bet you’re as bright as you are good-looking.” He then proceeded to place his hands on her shoulders for an awkwardly extended period of time. The girl then told the former Vice President that her favorite subject was journalism, following which he took her to the back of the room in order to greet reporters and other members of the media. He stated while continuing to hold the girl by her shoulders, "The reason we are who we are is called a free press. Continuing to denigrate it is dangerous." The girl was seen smiling throughout the entire encounter.
Creepy Joe Biden Told 10-Year-Old Girl That She Is As Bright As Good-Looking

The exchange went viral on the internet when The Washington Post's Felicia Sonmez took to social media platform Twitter to discuss what she described as an "odd moment." While most users agreed with Sonmez, some did suggest that the behavior was not exactly inappropriate. For example, ASFried stated: I really wonder about folks who find this odd or troubling. It seems like a very human interaction. To this, SojournerBurns responded: If grown *ss adults calling a 10-year-old attractive, getting into their personal space, and putting their hands on them seems normal - I really don't know what to say. Just creeps me out - especially coming from someone who said they learned their lesson about not invading space.
Creepy Joe Biden Told 10-Year-Old Girl That She Is As Bright As Good-Looking

The incident occurs shortly after Biden released a video to his social media channels in which he claimed to have changed for the better and stated that he would be more committed to being mindful of other people's personal space. Though he never personally admitted to his creepy behavior or affirmed his sexual harassment accusers' allegations, he did make a vow to conduct himself with more empathy, attention, and vigilance. This recent exchange proves, however, that the Presidential candidate may not be as dedicated to the cause as he attempted to have citizens of the United States believe.

Prior to this, he had even ridiculed the allegations against him when he placed his arm around a young boy and said, “By the way, he gave me permission to touch him." The comment, intended to be humor, was stated by Biden after a speech he made in April, for which he also received immense backlash. Biden and his team are yet to respond to the new-found criticism of his behavior. Meanwhile, the country wonders whether he is actually serious about improving his behavior and making a positive impact.