'He Should've Pushed Back': Huckabee Says Biden's Response to Misconduct Allegation Was 'Lousy'
The "Outnumbered" panel on Monday sounded off after former Vice President Joe Biden denied an allegation that he acted inappropriately with a woman during a 2014 Nevada campaign event.
Lucy Flores, who was running for lieutenant governor at the time, alleged in an article Friday that Biden "plant[ed] a big slow kiss on the back of my head." Flores said Biden leaned in and smelled her hair before the kiss.
She told NBC News that it was not a "bad intention" by Biden and she does not feel that it constituted sexual assault, but that said her personal space was violated. Flores also said she does not believe Biden should enter the race
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"I’m not suggesting that Biden broke any laws, but the transgressions that society deems minor (or doesn’t even see as transgressions) often feel considerable to the person on the receiving end. That imbalance of power and attention is the whole point — and the whole problem," she wrote on The Cut.
In a statement shortly afterward, a Biden spokesperson denied that the vice president or his staff had been aware that Flores was uncomfortable.
"In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort," Biden said in his own statement Sunday. "And not once -- never -- did I believe I acted inappropriately. If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully. But it was never my intention."
Reacting on "Outnumbered," Mike Huckabee said Democrats have "put themselves in a box" with how they handled past accusations of sexual misconduct, such as those against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation process.
"They've said, 'You gotta believe the woman.' So if they really believe that, they've gotta believe the woman. And that's a very dangerous place when you don't have anyone there who can verify the intent and all the aspects of it," Huckabee said, adding that he likes Biden on a personal level.
He added that Biden's statement about the allegation was "lousy," and he didn't push back hard enough. The former Republican presidential candidate said the response sounded like it was written for Biden by a PR team and that Flores clearly supports one of the other candidates.
Marie Harf said that the default response should be listening to and believing women who come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct, but she argued there is also a concerted effort by Democratic activists to keep Biden out of the 2020 race.
"They think he's not progressive enough, they think he can't win a general election, they think he will squander our opportunity to take back the White House, and the most important thing for Democrats is to win against Donald Trump," Harf said.
She said this game could prove to be "really destructive" for the party, particularly if Biden ends up securing the nomination.
Huckabee concluded the segment by quipping, "As a Republican, I hope that you guys keep it up, because it is Donald Trump's second term guaranteed if you keep doing this."