All women must be believed — unless you’re considered the frontrunner seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination.
Democratic National Committee finance chair Henry Munoz took to Twitter on Sunday and unequivocally voiced his support for former Vice President Joe Biden amid recent allegations of highly inappropriate behavior.
Lucy Flores, a former Nevada Democratic legislator, accused Biden last week of grabbing her shoulders, smelling her hair, and kissing her head without consent at a 2014 campaign event.
Munoz argues in his statement that he doesn’t believe Flores because he doesn’t think she was ever alone with Biden at the event.
The event where Biden allegedly kissed Flores was hosted by the Latino Victory Fund, a progressive group co-founded by Munoz.
“As the organizer of the rally in question, I have thoroughly reviewed photographic documentation from the event, and spoken to nearly every principle in attendance, as well as staff associated with the event. To the best of our recollection, at no time were Lucy Flores and Vice President Biden alone,” Munoz wrote.
Munoz said he was close friends with both Flores and Biden, but claimed that “at no time were these two leaders alone together and I, and the organized I co-founded and those in attendance, do not believe that circumstances support allegations that such an event took place.”
In his defense of Biden, Munoz misrepresented Flores’ account of the incident and what she alleges took place.
Flores published a piece in The Cut last week, where she details the incident with specificity and detail.
At no point did she ever claim that she and Biden were alone when the alleged incident happened.
Flores wrote that Biden approached her while she and several other speakers were waiting next to the stage.
“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?’” she wrote.
“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,” Flores added in the essay.
Biden released a statement on Sunday in response to the allegations and claimed that he didn’t recall the alleged incident and never intended to behave “inappropriately.”
“In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort. And not once — never — did I believe I acted inappropriately. If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully. But it was never my intention,” Biden said.
During an interview Sunday morning on CNN, Flores said Biden’s repeated boundary crossing disqualifies him from running for president.
“For me, it’s disqualifying. I think it’s up to everybody else to make that decision,” Flores told host Jake Tapper.
“Considering, again, the entire scope of his background, of the positions that he’s taken,” she added.
She added “party loyalists” are expected to remain quiet with their allegations, but said that with so many other candidates seeking the Democratic nomination, she said she felt “a little less pressure in terms of feeling like I could speak out.”