Presidential hopeful Joe Biden’s sexual assault and harassment denials just got a bit more difficult to believe.
According to The Blaze, a video recently resurfaced that shows Biden joking about an incident in which he chased a “lovely group of women” into an all-female dorm.
We all know that the former vice president likes to tell stories, and oftentimes the yarns he spins feature wildly different details from one telling to the next. With that in mind, let’s take a look at version A of “Biden in the girl’s dorm” tale.
For this, we have to go back to 2008, when CNN reported on the story: “[Joe Biden] playfully admitted he was arrested more than 40 years ago. He said he was attending a football game between his university and Ohio University, and he mistakenly followed what he called…’a lovely group of women’ into an all-female dormitory.'”
Here’s the clip:
CNN in 2008: “[Joe Biden] playfully admitted he was arrested more than 40 years ago. … He said he was attending a football game between his university and Ohio University, and he mistakenly followed what he called … ‘a lovely group of women’ into an all-female dormitory” pic.twitter.com/IHsKSi7ds2
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) May 8, 2020
Then, during a speech he delivered in 2012, Biden told a slightly altered, cleaner version of the story.
“The last time I was here, uh, I, I want to make clear to the press, I didn’t get arrested, but I almost did,” Biden said, according to The Blaze. “Because back in those days, you students won’t appreciate this, uh, men weren’t allowed anywhere near a woman’s dorm.
“And I got invited into a dorm, I thought I was walking into the waiting room, I got brought into the hallway and I got escorted out very quickly by an Athens policeman, so uh,” a laughing Biden continued. “True story, unfortunately!” Take a look at video shared by CBS News:
That’s going to be a problem
This all comes at a rather bad time for the Biden 2020 team, which has recently been dealing with the sexual assault accusations of Tara Reade, who worked as an aide to then-Senator Biden in the 1990s. Reade claims that Biden assaulted her in a Capitol hallway, according to The Guardian — something Biden has vehemently denied, as The New York Times reports.
But Biden has a long history of allegations of inappropriate conduct toward women, a fact that isn’t doing him any favors on the credibility front. These recently resurfaced videos are likely only going to hurt him further.