Three Republican lawmakers Wednesday defended former Vice President Joe Biden following allegations he inappropriately touched four women.
“Irrational Democrat media assault on @JoeBiden,” Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa tweeted. “You would think he had ‘sexual relations’ with an intern in the Oval Office . . . except Democrats aggressively defended Bill Clinton. Joe Biden is just an affectionate guy.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told reporters Biden was just a “glad-handling politician” with good intentions.
“Maybe at times he’s done some things that make people feel uncomfortable, but it matters to me that what his intent is,” he said, according to the HuffPost. “I just think he’s a good guy. I think he means nothing bad by this.”
Two women earlier this week told The New York Times that Biden’s touches made them feel uncomfortable. Former Nevada state lawmaker Lucy Flores and Amy Lappos, a former congressional aide to Rep. Jim Hines, D-Conn., were the first two women to allege inappropriate touching.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, told reporters she never felt uncomfortable in her interactions with Biden.
“I’ve known Joe Biden for so many years, and he is a very friendly, affectionate individual who is a natural toucher — never found him to be inappropriate,” she told reporters Tuesday.