The wife of former Defense Secretary Ashton Carter -who was famously nuzzled in a creepy manner by former Vice President Joe Biden- is coming out in defense of the former VP, claiming he didn’t do anything wrong.
Stephanie Carter, the wife of Ashton Carter, claimed the 76-year-old Vice President was simply offering “support” during her husband’s 2015 swearing-in ceremony.
A photo of the event shows Biden with his hands on her shoulders, with Mrs Carter bearing a look of unease.
However, Carter denies that she was uncomfortable or mistreated in any way, describing the moment as one “between close friends.”
Carter claimed that she had slipped and fallen on ice at the Pentagon, and had been feeling “self-conscious” after several journalists took to Twitter on the matter. When they later arrived at the White House, she claimed that Biden simply offered his comfort.
“By the time then-Vice President Biden had arrived, he could sense I was uncharacteristically nervous- and quickly gave me a hug,” she wrote in an op-ed published by Medium. “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.”
The infamous photo -a still image taken from video- would quickly make its rounds on the internet, causing a press firestorm and a lasting effect- one that would reignite in 2019, when former political candidate Lucy Flores accused Biden of lewd misconduct.
“I won’t pretend that this will be the last of that picture,” she wrote. “But it will be the last of other people speaking for me.”
Biden is currently the butt of the “Creepy Uncle Joe” memes, which depict him as a handsy sexual predator by using photos of him on multiple occasions.
The former VP received student draft deferments during the Vietnam War, and was later deemed unfit for service due to an asthma attack as a teenager.
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