MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski defends Joe Biden after allegations he acted inappropriately

Joe Biden

Joe Biden

A former Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor in Nevada has suddenly made Joe Biden's all-but-certain presidential campaign uncertain.

Others, however, lashed out at Biden, especially given the fact that Flores' allegations come as Biden is considering entering the 2020 U.S. presidential race, a decision that is expected to be announced by the former vice-president later in April.

Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter (L) is kissed by his wife Stephanie at the end of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, on February 4, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lucy Flores alleges Mr Biden kissed her on the back of the head ahead of a 2014 campaign event How did Mr Biden respond?

In her essay on the allegations she also stated that over the years she heard allegations and saw pictures of Biden crossing the line with other women.

Carter has for years hoped that if she didn't address the picture it would go away but after comedian Jimmy Fallon showed the photo again on his show in March she wrote a blog post to explain that the picture is misleading. "I was mortified", she wrote.

Flores told Tapper that a simple Google search for "creepy uncle Joe or creepy Biden" will expose "endless images" of the former vice president acting inappropriately with females.

"As I was taking deep breaths and preparing myself to make my case to the crowd, I felt two hands on my shoulders", Flores wrote.

Biden then gave her a hug, telling her "thank you for letting him [her husband] do this" and put his hands on her shoulders as a "means of offering his support", she said.

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She added: 'Ash tried to joke that it was the only way people knew that he had been sworn in. "At his first available opportunity, he told the press that we had been friends with the Bidens for years and it wasn't at all what people thought".

"He leaned further in and inhaled my hair".

'I felt terrible that after he had generously taken time out of his day to swear in an old friend, his attempt to support me had become a joke and even more - supposed proof positive that he didn't understand how to respect women'.

Flores added: "He proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head. My brain couldn't process what was happening".

Speaking in a CNN interview on Sunday, Ms Flores said Mr Biden's statement was "certainly better" than his spokesman's initial response, but called his behaviour "completely inappropriate" and something to think about of a person "who is considering running for president".

"I was shocked. I was confused. I've known him for a long time", Brzezinski stated.

Several former senior aides to Biden quickly took to social media to defend their former boss as a staunch advocate for women's rights who had never behaved inappropriately in their presence.

But many supporters have leapt to Mr Biden's defence.

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