Is this really an accusation that Trump wants to make?
Courtesy of CNN:
Less than two months before Election Day, President Donald Trump took his campaign tactics against Joe Biden to a new low, retweeting an image on Tuesday that baselessly accused the former vice president of being a pedophile.
The tweet Trump shared reads, “We can beat them at their game .. #PedoBiden” and includes a gif of Biden leaning in to whisper into an adult woman’s ear with his hands resting on her shoulders.
In the gif, Biden leans in to say something to Stephanie Carter, former Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s wife, during his swearing-in ceremony 2015. Since Biden’s entrance into the 2020 race, the image has been utilized by critics to suggest the former vice president has been physically inappropriate toward women.
But Stephanie Carter says it’s no such thing, writing in 2019 that in the moment captured on camera, she felt she was being comforted by Biden when “he could sense I was uncharacteristically nervous.”
Carter added: “After the swearing in, as Ash was giving remarks, he leaned in to tell me ‘thank you for letting him do this’ and kept his hands on my shoulders as a means of offering his support. But a still shot taken from a video — misleadingly extracted from what was a longer moment between close friends — sent out in a snarky tweet — came to be the lasting image of that day.”
According to a Twitter spokesperson the tweet Trump retweeted Tuesday that falsely accused Biden of being a pedophile “is currently not in violation of the Twitter rules.” The spokesperson did not explain why.
It should be noted that though it is well known that Joe Biden has been known in the past to get a little touchy-feely, there have been no credible accusations of any sexual impropriety.
The one accusation from earlier this year came from a woman who turned out to be a whacko and was determined to have made it up.
On the other hand, Donald Trump was recently accused by Michael Cohen of saying sexually suggestive things to and about his fifteen-year-old daughter, and Trump has numerous allegations of sexual harassment and rape lodged against him, including one from a then 13-year-old girl.
So like I said at the top, is this really Pandora’s Box that Trump wants to be opened?