After a Nevada lawmaker came forward with an accusation of unwanted sexual touching from former Vice President Joe Biden, the rumored 2020 Democratic presidential candidate released a statement.
"In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort," Biden said. "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."
Almost immediately thereafter, many in the major media came to his defense, adopting defense that he was simply showing “affection.”
Of course, many of these same media personalities had a different view of unwanted sexual touching when the accused was not Biden, but Brett Kavanaugh.
MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski has distinguished herself as being Biden’s most vocal defender.
“There’s a lot of things I know about Joe Biden — I’ve known him for a long time — he is extremely affectionate extremely flirtatious in a completely safe way,” she said. “I am sure that somebody can misconstrue something he’s done. But as much as I can know what’s in anyone’s heart, I don’t think there is bad intent on his part at all.”
Today, after a second woman accused Biden of unwanted sexual touching, Brzezinski was even more vociferous.
“He’s a nice guy, he’s not a predator, and this is ridiculous,” she intoned. “Let me just say it, this is ridiculous. It’s completely — the conversation has gotten out of control. And Democrats and those on the left who want to tweet me today and go nuts and get all woke, you’re eating your young. You’re eating those who can beat Trump, you’re killing the very people who have been pushing women ahead, who’ve been fighting for equal pay, who have been doing everything they can to respect women in their lives.”
On CNN, “Reality Check” correspondent John Avlon likewise defended Biden as simply being an “he’s an affectionate, old-school politican.”
The AP’s Julie Pace likewise said, “So it’s not surprising that he behaves this way, that he’s quite affectionate.”
CNN’s David Gergen said he’s known Biden for a “long, long time” and he’s always been “very, very affectionate.”
Former DNC chairwoman Donna Brazile, now a Fox News commentator, also employed the “affectionate” defense: “He suffers from … being overtly affectionate.”
CNN’s Ana Navaro: “Hes touchy feely, he’s been doing it his entire life — in an affectionate way.”
“He’s a very affectionate person,” MSNBC contributor and former California senator, Barbara Boxer, said.
As usual, that’s just a sampling. For more, check out the montage above.