President Joe Biden has long faced accusations of inappropriate or strange behavior toward women and girls — and critics say those tendencies were on display again during a recent virtual conference call.
Vice President Kamala Harris, who joined the president on the call, appeared uncomfortable with at least one remark Biden made in reference to a nurse.
“Are you a freshman?”
As the U.K. Sun revealed in a video on Tuesday, Biden had been interacting with Brittney Hayes, a female nurse on the call.
After Hayes finished delivering data regarding COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Arizona, the president seemed more interested in her appearance than her professional perspective.
“Are you a freshman at the university?” Biden asked.
With a laugh, Hayes responded that she was in fact the “head charge nurse” at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, which is serving as a local vaccination site.
The president reiterated his belief that she looked “like a freshman,” a remark that elicited a polite “thank you” from the nurse. He then followed up by asking if she was actually a nurse despite her having already confirmed that she was.
“Angels in heaven”
“I am,” Hayes replied. “I’m a nurse. I’m an RN. I’ve been an RN for about nine years now.”
For her part, Harris appeared to find the exchange awkward, opting to shift the focus of the conversation to the work of doling out inoculations. Biden continued to interject, however, with additional remarks about nurses — specifically comparing them to “angels.”
“I know having been a significant consumer of healthcare, I can tell — I know the vice president knows this when I say it — doctors let you live, nurses make you want to live,” Biden declared. “If there’s any angels in heaven, they’re all nurses, male and female. And that’s not an exaggeration. That’s the God’s truth.”
Hayes appeared to take the comments in stride, but previous interactions with women and girls have prompted harsher reactions, including videos that appeared to show females cringing as he touched or moved very close to them.
The most alarming claims came from a former Senate staffer who accused him of sexually assaulting her three decades ago.