When multiple women accused then-candidate Joe Biden of inappropriate contact in the spring of 2019 during the early stages of the presidential race, he released a not-quite-apology video in which he called the incidents “gestures of support and encouragement” that had been misinterpreted.
He promised to be “much more mindful about respecting personal space.”
“Social norms have begun to change. They’ve shifted,” Biden said in a video recorded on a cell phone.
“And the boundaries of protecting personal space have been reset. And I get it. I get it. I hear what they are saying. I understand.”
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