Mike Gravel, the former Alaska senator running an unlikely presidential campaign, accused fellow White House candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE of “creepiness” around young girls Wednesday, saying the former vice president did not represent “meaningful improvement” over President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE.
“Not only is Joe Biden’s creepiness around young girls not something to be dismissed lightly, his refusal to fully apologize and change his ways is indicative of how little he cares about sexual assault,” Gravel tweeted. “We deserve a meaningful improvement over Donald Trump: Joe ain’t it.”
Not only is Joe Biden’s creepiness around young girls not something to be dismissed lightly, his refusal to fully apologize and change his ways is indicative of how little he cares about sexual assault. We deserve a meaningful improvement over Donald Trump: Joe ain’t it.
— Sen. Mike Gravel (@MikeGravel) May 29, 2019
Gravel, 88, was convinced to run for president by two teenagers who now manage his campaign and run his Twitter account. The account has criticized Biden in the past and has also launched attacks against other Democratic candidates, including Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE (D).
The Guardian reported that the two teens convinced Gravel to enter the race as an anti-war candidate and that while they write the tweets, the content is close to what he believes. Gravel is not seen as a serious contender for the Democratic nomination and has yet to visit Iowa or New Hampshire.
Biden, the front-runner in the Democratic presidential race, has seen his behavior around women become an issue since several women complained of unwanted touching. On Tuesday at a campaign event, Biden reportedly placed his hands on a young girl’s shoulders and told her, “I’ll bet you’re as bright as you are good-looking.”
Most of Biden’s rivals in the Democratic primary have not taken on the issue so far, though questions and comments seem likely at the first Democratic debates in June.
Biden has defended his conduct but not apologized, saying he did nothing intentionally wrong.
Biden’s wife Jill has also claimed her husband has learned from listening to women, saying on “The View” earlier this month, “Joe heard that message, he heard it loud and clear.”
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