'Creepy Uncle Joe' Videos Go Viral as Abuse Allegations Emerge Against Biden
Accusations of sexual misconduct against former Vice President trigger wave of old clips
Following recent allegations of sexual misconduct against Joe Biden from a former Democratic lawmaker, several old videos featuring "Creepy Uncle Joe" have reemerged and gone viral on social media.
Ex-Nevada state legislator Lucy Flores accused the former vice president of sexually inappropriate behavior in an op-ed for a New York magazine published on Friday.
Flores accuses potential 2020 hopeful Biden of putting his hands on her shoulders, "inhaling" her hair and kissing the back of her head at a 2014 campaign rally during her race for lieutenant governor.
Flores claims she never reported the incident until now because her former fellow Democratic Party members often force victims “to keep our mouths shut” in a bid to preserve candidates' chances of being elected.
Several video clips of Biden seemingly acting inappropriately toward woman and children have been circulating online.
Often posted with the caption "Creepy Uncle Joe," the videos have also spawned thousands on internet MEMEs based on screenshots from the footage.
One video in particular, which was posted on YouTube by Paul Joseph Waston of Info Wars, has garnered almost 1.9 million views since it was uploaded in November 2017.
Watson asks "in what world is this normal?" as he discusses several videos of incidents where Biden is caught in compromising situations.
The top comment on the video from YouTube user "Ricky TPB" says:
"If this is all that's been caught on video. Imagine what he's done behind closed doors."
On Sunday, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway spoke out about Flores' allegations of inappropriate touching, saying Biden may have a “big problem” thanks to “Creepy Uncle Joe” videos circulating on social media.
Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," Conway suggested that the Biden's past conduct may be out of step with the #MeToo movement, given his public displays of affection with women.
“If anybody just types in ‘Creepy Uncle Joe videos,’ you come up with a treasure trove,” said Ms. Conway.
.@KellyannePolls on @JoeBiden: If anybody just types in “Creepy Uncle Joe Videos” you come up with a treasure trove…I think Joe Biden has a big problem here because he calls it affection and handshakes, his party calls it completely inappropriate. pic.twitter.com/MKbbw2mUIC— FoxNewsSunday (@FoxNewsSunday) March 31, 2019
She also referred to incidents of his conduct with women in public, citing “Biden nuzzling the neck of the Defense secretary’s wife; Biden kissing a senator’s wife on the lips; Biden whispering in women’s ears; Biden snuggling female constituents.
One of the most widely shared videos of Joe Biden seemingly acting sexually inappropriately is taken from footage that was filmed during a US Senate swearing-in ceremony.
During the video, Biden appears to be "overly affectionate" with serval of the Senators' wives and children as they pose for photos in the Old Senate Chamber at the US Capitol.
An unedited video of the ceremony from C-SPAN was uploaded to YouTube in December 2016, and so far has over 2 million views and almost 14,000 comments.
In March 2018, Biden was confronted about the viral videos at an event in New York that was being streamed live on C-SPAN.
Howard Caplan attended the event at Global Institute of Long Island University, which featured speaker Joe Biden and heckled the ex-VP about his behavior toward women and children.
“Why did you molest all those girls on C-SPAN?” Caplan shouted as the audience goes silent.
"You know you did it, everybody’s seen it!”
Kellyanne Conway commended Ms. Flores for coming forward with her claims against Biden, saying, “It’s quite bold for her to go up against the highest levels of her own political party.”
“I think Joe has a big problem here because he calls it an affection handshake, his party calls it completely inappropriate,” said Ms. Conway.
Mr. Biden, who has not yet announced his candidacy, leads the crowded field of Democratic contenders seeking to defeat President Donald Trump.