Whoopi Goldberg Defends Biden Over Lucy Flores Allegations: This ‘Pisses Me Off’
Whoopi Goldberg and Meghan McCain offered defenses of Joe Biden on Monday as The View discussed the new accusations of inappropriate behavior from the former vice-president.
The panel starting off strong by addressing the scrutiny on Biden in light of his alleged conduct with former Nevada lawmaker Lucy Flores. Goldberg noted that some would say Biden is “overly familiar” with people he meets, but she defended him by saying he’s “a hands-on kind of guy,” and she wondered why Flores didn’t say anything sooner.
As Goldberg and McCain discussed how Flores’ claims don’t rise to a “MeToo moment,” the rest of the panel chimed in to discuss where the claims against Biden might be taking the movement against sexual harassment as a whole. Abby Huntsman wondered what Flores’ motives could be as she wondered if the country is heading to “this place where you can’t have normal interactions with each other.”
“Are we going to get to a place where we can’t shake hands or hug each other? I worry about that.” Huntsman said.
As Sunny Hostin praised Biden over how he responded to the allegations, Goldberg said the situation “pisses me off” and “I don’t want Joe to stop” behaving as himself. McCain followed up by calling Biden “a good, decent man,” by saying his actions are quite different from more serious instances of sexual abuse, and that Democrats have to make a decision on their standards before the furor cripples Biden’s possible 2020 run.
“For me, these things are not Democratic or Republican,” Goldberg said. “I want women to get to the place where they can say, ‘hey, you just made me uncomfortable.’ This idea that you have to tiptoe away from this, you don’t have to carry it. If someone makes you uncomfortable, tell them…you have to stop mischaracterizing stuff. Don’t sit and wait and say ‘I’m uncomfortable’ on national television.”
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