Was 'Creepy Joe' Flirting With The Nurse?

Published February 9th, 2021 - 01:12 GMT
US President Joe Biden walks from Marine One after arriving on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, February 8, 2021, following a weekend in Delaware. SAUL LOEB / AFP
US President Joe Biden walks from Marine One after arriving on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, February 8, 2021, following a weekend in Delaware. SAUL LOEB / AFP
Highlights
'And you're a — are you a nurse?' the president asked Hayes.

President Joe Biden has been called 'creepy' after he was seen telling a nurse running a vaccine site that she 'looks like a freshman.'

The president has been accused of attempting to flirt with the young nurse during a public video conference call with health care workers in Glendale, Arizona.

During the video conference, health care workers provided Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris with a virtual tour of the State Farm Stadium vaccination site.

Nurse Brittney Hayes had just finished describing the process for residents to get the Pfizer vaccine and how it is being called a 'dose of hope' when the president made his comments.

'Are you a freshman at the university?' Biden asked, possibly referring to the nearby Arizona State University in Tempe.

Hayes, whose face was obscured by a mask, laughs as she responds: 'No. No. No.'

'You look like a freshman,' the president responded, as he then thanked her for working on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

Harris then took a turn asking the 'tough' questions, such as asking Hayes for her advice to others who are setting up massive vaccination operations.

When Harris was done talking with Hayes, Biden chimed back in appearing to show confusion about her status as a nurse.

'And you're a — are you a nurse?' the president asked Hayes.

'I am. I'm a nurse. I'm an RN. I've been an RN for about nine years now,' she responds.

Biden, 78, then said: 'Well, I know, having been a significant consumer of healthcare, I can tell — I know the Vice President knows this, when I say it: Doctors let you live; nurses make you want to live. If there's any angels in Heaven, they're all nurses, male and female. And that's not an exaggeration.'

DailyMail.com has reached out to Hayes for additional comment. 

Donald Trump Jr., son of former president Donald Trump, was quick to comment on the video, simply writing: 'Cringe.'

Other Twitter users also joined in bashing the president for the 'awkward' exchange and noting previous examples when he appeared to get handsy and invade the personal space of multiple women.

'Creepy Joe at it again. It's never going to stop,' wrote @Livinthedream47.

Twitter user @StephenPorterJr called the exchange 'predator behavior.'

'Why has this creepy old Guy not been #MeToo into extinction?!? That question from this guy is creepy and cringe. His documented video evidence behavior leads one to believe that he has creepy thinking for young ladies,' wrote @migriv75.

Another Twitter user used the opportunity to joke about the president's age.

'When you're as old as Joe, everybody looks like a Freshman,' quipped @MollyWags88.

Some, however, defended the president despite, calling it a 'benign interaction.'

'OMG! Hold the presses! Are you trying to manufacture an issue? That was a benign interaction and response,' tweeted @EuphorbiaZ in response to a post from Bloomberg News reporter Jennifer Jacobs.

Another user @karrin21262 noted: 'He didn't mention her looks, he said she look like a college student. He could have done the same thing with a guy.'

'If someone mistook me for a college freshman, I'd take it as a compliment and wouldn't wig out about it,' wrote @LauraDurnell.

Other called the interaction a 'compliment' to the nurse, urging others to 'stop making him out to be creepy.'

'OMG it was a compliment, stop making him out to be creepy. He didn't suggest grabbing her pu$y, which is apparently acceptable,' wrote @CathoCall, referring to the infamous Access Hollywood tape with former President Trump.

Biden repeatedly faced scrutiny for his interactions with women and girls during the 2020 presidential campaign.

Ina  photo from 2012, Biden was seen touching his head to a young girl's forehead during a campaign event with former President Barack Obama.

In March 2019, Nevada Democrat Lucy Flores accused Biden of gripping her shoulders from behind, smelling her hair and kissing the back of her head without her consent during a campaign event in 2014.

In April 2019, former Senate aide Tara Reade first accused Biden of touching her in ways that made her feel uncomfortable while she worked for his office in 1993.

She later accused him of penetrating her with his fingers in March 2020 - which Biden has denied. 

This article has been adapted from its original source.     


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