- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 4, 2019

Sen. John Kennedy said Wednesday that the unwanted touching accusations against former Vice President Joseph R. Biden are “inappropriate” and that “creepy old men” have no place in today’s culture.

“Just because you’re accused of something doesn’t mean you’re guilty of it,” the Louisiana Republican told reporters on Capitol Hill. “This is America and you do have a right to due process.

“On the other hand, this is no country for creepy old men and it needs to stop,” he added. “Do I consider it inappropriate to smell someone’s hair, to get so close that I smell their hair? Yes! I mean, duh. You know, somebody gets close enough to smell my hair, they may get to smell my hair but they may lose some teeth. I mean, it’s inappropriate.

“This is no country for creepy old men,” he said again. “And leaning in and smelling a guy’s hair or a woman’s hair is a little bit too close for my judgment.”

A total of seven women have now shared their stories of uncomfortable interactions with Mr. Biden, including unwanted touching, awkward embraces, and hair-sniffing.

Mr. Biden, who is thought to be laying the groundwork for a 2020 presidential bid, said in a video Sunday that he promised to be more respectful of people’s personal space.

“Social norms are changing,” he said. “I understand that, and I’ve heard what these women are saying. Politics to me has always been about making connections, but I will be more mindful about respecting personal space in the future. That’s my responsibility and I will meet it.”

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