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Report: Biden Insiders Think Bernie Sanders Camp Is Behind Recent Allegations

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Advisers to Joe Biden reportedly believe recent allegations of the former vice president’s inappropriate conduct toward women are being pushed in part by the Bernie Sanders camp.

According to Axios, “Several around Biden think advisers to Bernie Sanders are at least partly behind the anti-Biden campaign. One prominent backer thinks Biden will run, and ‘is ready to kill Bernie.'”

Biden is said not to be deterred by the apparent political hit.

Axios co-founder Mike Allen wrote that he received a text from a source close to Biden, which read, “VP directed staff this evening to reach out to supporters and donors with a simple message — full steam ahead.”

Lucy Flores, 39, launched a flurry of negative media coverage directed at the former vice president in an Op-Ed published on Friday titled “An Awkward Kiss Changed How I Saw Joe Biden.”

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In the piece, she accused Biden of inappropriate contact during a 2014 campaign rally in support of her campaign to become lieutenant governor.

Flores recounted how after Biden smelled her hair and kissed her on the back of the head, “I was embarrassed. I was shocked. I was confused.”

The former Nevada state assemblywoman supported Sanders’ 2016 presidential bid over Hillary Clinton.

In her endorsement announcement on Facebook, Flores argued that the American dream is no longer attainable to most, and the current system serves the top 1 percent.

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“I believe that now, more than ever, America needs a political revolution,” she wrote.

The Democrat refuted the notion that she is trying to help Sanders’ 2020 chances by accusing Biden, five years after the alleged incident.

“To set the record straight, I haven’t endorsed any presidential candidate including Sanders,” Flores tweeted over the weekend. “But even if I had endorsed someone, that doesn’t erase the multiple pictures, articles & the well known ‘open secret’ abt Biden’s inappropriate behavior. This shld been addressed long ago.”

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Flores also tweeted compilation of pictures she wrote reflected “normal human interaction” she had with others, which included Sanders, former President Barack Obama and freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.

Biden’s spokesman Bill Russo said that the former vice president does not recall kissing Flores on the back of her head in 2014, USA Today reported.

“Neither then, nor in the years since, did he or the staff with him at the time have an inkling that Ms. Flores had been at any time uncomfortable, nor do they recall what she describes,” Russo said in a Friday statement.

He added that Biden “believes Ms. Flores has every right to share her own recollection and reflections, and that it’s a change for the better in our society that she has the opportunity to do so.”

A second woman came forward to accuse Biden of inappropriately touching her.

Amy Lappos, 43, told the Washington Examiner on Monday the incident took place at a political fundraiser in October 2009, while she was serving as a congressional aide to Democratic Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut.

Lappos recounted that Biden put his hand around her neck and pulled her toward him to rub noses.

“I thought he was going to kiss me on the mouth,” she recalled.

The RealClearPolitics average of polls shows Biden with a seven-point lead over Sanders, approximately 29 to 22 percent.

The next closest presidential candidates are Sen. Kamala Harris of California at 9.8 percent and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke at 9.2 percent.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 1,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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