He just can’t control himself…
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden encroached on the personal boundaries he previously said he would be “more mindful” of during a campaign event on Friday in Des Moines, Iowa.
Biden, concerned about his unwelcome behavior and lack of respect for personal boundaries, pressed his nose against a young girl wearing glasses after meeting potential supporters and their families. “Now, what grade are you in?” the former vice president asked the girl.
Biden also gave a kiss on the top of the head to a young boy after hugging the two kids.
— Wojciech Pawelczyk 🇵🇱🇺🇸 (@PolishPatriotTM) November 4, 2019
The incident comes in the wake of Biden discussing his issue of personal-space in a video posted on social media, blaming his problematic relationships on shifting “social norms.”
“Social norms are changing,” he captioned the video, which was posted in April. “I understand that, and I’ve heard what these women are saying. Politics to me has always been about making connections, but I will be more mindful about respecting personal space in the future. That’s my responsibility and I will meet it.”
Social norms are changing. I understand that, and I’ve heard what these women are saying. Politics to me has always been about making connections, but I will be more mindful about respecting personal space in the future. That’s my responsibility and I will meet it. pic.twitter.com/Ya2mf5ODts
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 3, 2019
“Today I want to talk about gestures of support and encouragement that I’ve made to women and some men that have made them uncomfortable,” Biden says in the clip, according to HuffPost. “And I’ve always tried, in my career, I’ve always tried to make a human connection ― that’s my responsibility, I think. I shake hands, I hug people, I grab men and women by the shoulders and say, ‘You can do this.’ Whether they’re women, men, young, old, it’s the way I’ve always been, it’s the way I’ve tried to show I care about them and listen.”
“I’ve never thought of politics as cold and antiseptic,” he continued. “I’ve always thought about connecting with people. As I said, shaking hands, hands on the shoulder, a hug, encouragement.”
“Social norms have begun to change, they’re shifted, and the boundaries of protecting personal space have been reset, and I get it, I get it. I hear what they’re saying, I understand it. And I’ll be much more mindful ― that’s my responsibility. That’s my responsibility, and I’ll meet it,” the Democrat added.
Biden also “raised eyebrows” in May when he touched a 10-year-old girl at a campaign rally.
“She told him that her favorite subject was journalism, so Mr. Biden proceeded to bring her to the back of the room, where journalists and TV cameras were congregated, and put his hands on her shoulders,” The New York Times reported. “The moment raised some eyebrows among online commentators.”
President Donald Trump repeatedly mocked Biden for his antics, including posting a mocking version of Biden’s video of apology, as shown below:
WELCOME BACK JOE! pic.twitter.com/b2NbBSX3sx
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 4, 2019
The video of Biden’s Friday interaction with the young kids was first highlighted by Wojciech Pawelczyk, who was credited with first highlighting ABC News ‘ fake video of an alleged bombing in Syria; the video was actually footage from a shooting range in the Kentucky area.