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“I just start kissing them … I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it, you can do anything … grab ’em by the p*ssy.” That Access Hollywood tape released during 2016, capturing then-Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump should have doomed his candidacy.

President Trump now resides in the Oval Office despite allegations of sexual misconduct by 19 women, all of which the president has called “false smears” against him.

Mainly Democrats, and some Republicans, pounced on that tape, decrying that someone who said such disgusting and inappropriate language could be president.

Democrats now find themselves in a predicament and are holding a double standard for one of their own.

Just recently, a former Nevada state assemblywoman, Lucy Flores, penned an op-ed detailing a 2014 encounter with former Vice President Joe Biden that she said made her feel uncomfortable.

She wrote that Biden got close to her from behind, “leaned further in and inhaled my hair … and then proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head.”

Soon after, a second woman, Amy Lappos, accused Biden of “inappropriate behavior” when he “reached for her face and rubbed noses with her” during a 2009 fundraiser. Since then, two more women came forward with allegations of inappropriate behavior against him. One includes a former sexual assault survivor.

The former vice president responded with a two-minute-long video which can be summed up with, “Social norms began to change. They’ve shifted, and the boundaries of protecting personal space have been reset — and I get it, I get it. I hear what they’re saying. I understand it. And I’ll be much more mindful.”
No apology was given by Biden, who is rumored to be the so-called “front-runner” in the democratic presidential primary field.

Although the encounters were not described as assault, his history of inappropriate behavior with women, particularly in the era of the #MeToo movement, should disqualify him from running.

On the political comedy show “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Maher defended Biden by stating that because Republicans still support Trump despite his allegations of misconduct, Democrats should stand behind the former vice president as well.

He was rebuffed by one of the panel members who said that even though they were not allegations of assault, the fact that women felt uncomfortable and were touched inappropriately is still unacceptable.

Democrats ranging from Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have all but stopped short of demanding he retreat from the political stage, yet they deemed Trump’s alleged misconducts as one reason he is unfit for the presidency.

Despite the difference between the allegations between Trump and Biden, Democrats cannot maintain a double standard for a popular politician within their party.

If Democrats cannot hold their candidates to a higher standard, then they are willingly allowing the President to set those standards.

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