Kamala Harris: 'I Believe' Joe Biden's 'Touching & Sniffing' Accusers - Flashback
'I believe them and I respect them being able to tell their story,' Harris said in 2019
Last year, several women came forward accusing Biden of "touching" them inappropriately and "sniffing" and "inhaling" their hair without consent.
In April 2019, responding to the allegations, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) said she believes Biden's accusers and called for them to be "able to tell their story."
Fast forward to today, however, and Harris is now Biden's running mate and the allegations have all been swept under the rug.
Senator Harris said that she believed accusers of Biden during one of her own campaign events last year, according to a report by The Hill.
“I believe them and I respect them being able to tell their story and having the courage to do it,” said Harris at an event in Nevada.
Several women had come forward accusing Biden of touching them inappropriately and making them feel uncomfortable, according to Breitbart.
On Tuesday, Biden, who is now the 2020 Democrat nominee, selected Senator Harris to be his vice president in the upcoming November election.
At the time, former Nevada state lawmaker Lucy Flores — a Democrat — made the first accusation in an essay in New York Magazine‘s The Cut.
Flores’ accusation was followed by Amy Lappos, who told the Hartford Courant that Biden touched her inappropriately at a 2009 event in Connecticut.
The next day, two additional women — Caitlyn Caruso and D. J. Hill — came forward and shared their unwanted experiences with the former vice president with The New York Times.
In response to Flores’s accusation, Biden said that he has “offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort.”
“And not once — never — did I believe I acted inappropriately,” insisted the former vice president.
“If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully.”
Harris’s remarks in April 2019 did not appear to be in reference to Biden’s most notable accuser, Tara Reade.
Reade had come forward earlier this year alleging that Biden has sexually assaulted her in 1993 in a Capitol Hill office building when she was a staff assistant in his Senate office.
On Tuesday, shortly before Harris was announced as Biden's running mate, Reade said on Twitter that "whomever is the VP pick, they are indeed drinking from the 'poisoned chalice'."