The script could not have been written any better, as the news universe has a way of baking seemingly unrelated events together into a delicious treat.
The latest slice of broadcast blooper perfection was aired Tuesday evening by WTAE-TV, the local ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
As the news team was transitioning from coverage of a robbery at a Giant Eagle grocery store in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh, something extraordinary happened.
What viewers saw on the left side of their screen was an image of Joe Biden, with a “State of the Union Tonight” caption underneath his face.
But the words coming out of the newscaster’s mouth were both alarming and hilarious at the same time.
“A 71-year-old man was accused of inappropriately touching a 12-year-old girl at the Walmart in West Mifflin Sunday afternoon,” she said.
The airing of the alleged sexual crime involving a white, elderly man took place while Biden’s face remained on screen.
“This is one of the greatest live TV moments of all time,” said a Twitter user who posted the clip online.
This is one of the greatest live TV moments of all time pic.twitter.com/fXbKvFnAyJ
— Israel75 (@IFNY2775) March 1, 2022
It turns out the actual suspect is Roger Nigriss, who’s now facing charges of indecent assault and unlawful contact with a minor.
But the TV mishap is reminding Americans of Joe Biden’s sordid history of touching and caressing people – both male and female – in what many say is an inappropriate manner.
Another Twitter user posted a message saying, “Checks out,” with images of some of the previous hands-on incidents.
checks out pic.twitter.com/pqZOZ4U14p
— atomly (@atomly) March 2, 2022
Last November, Biden thanked a first-grade boy for attending an event and offered him a personal tour of the White House.
“Meet me after this and I can show you the around the White House,” Biden whispered while stroking the boy’s arm and caressing his face. “Do you want to see it?”
The boy nodded yes.
Biden chatting with a child during bill signing
“Meet me after this, I can show you around the White House.” pic.twitter.com/ZjDOacyI9H
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) November 18, 2021
As WND reported in September 2020, C-SPAN footage showing Joe Biden touching young girls was flagged and removed by Twitter for violating its “Child Sexual Exploitation Policy.”
Summit News reported the issue arose after Texan progressive activist Johnny Graz asserted Biden should be investigated for sexual assault.
Fox News also has listed some of the incidents in which Biden has been accused:
- “Writer D.J. Hill told the New York Times that in 2012 while she and her husband posed for pictures with Biden he placed his hand on her shoulder and moved it down her back, making her ‘very uncomfortable.’
- “Former college student Caitlyn Caruso told the Times that she met Biden when she was 19 at an event about sexual assault that took place at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Caruso claimed Biden placed his hand on her thigh and hugged her ‘just a little bit too long.’
- “Vail Kohnert-Yount told the Washington Post that when she was a White House intern in 2013 she had an awkward encounter with the then-vice president when Biden came over to introduce himself.” She described Biden putting his hand on the back of her head and pressing his forehead to hers. “I remember he told me I was a ‘pretty girl.'”
- “Amy Lappos, who was an aide for Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., told the Hartford Courant that in 2009 Biden put his hand around her neck, pulled her in, and rubbed his nose against hers.
- “Former Nevada politician Lucy Flores wrote in The Cut that in 2014 Biden put his hands on her shoulders, smelled her hair, and kissed the back of her head when the two were at a campaign event. She was running for Nevada lieutenant governor at the time.”
Social norms are changing. I understand that, and I’ve heard what these women are saying. Politics to me has always been about making connections, but I will be more mindful about respecting personal space in the future. That’s my responsibility and I will meet it. pic.twitter.com/Ya2mf5ODts
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 3, 2019
Biden made a statement in April 2019: “In my career, I’ve always tried to make a human connection. That’s my responsibility, I think. I shake hands, I hug people, I grab men and women by the shoulders and say ‘you can do this.’ And whether they’re women, men, young, old, it’s the way I’ve always been. It’s the way I’ve tried to show I care about them and I’m listening.”
That same month, left-leaning comedian Bill Maher defended Biden on the touching claims, shortly before Biden announced his White House run.
“He came very close, this close, to saying he was about to run [for president], though we still don’t know if that’s true. We do know it’s true that his hands have been part of an exploratory committee for decades,” Maher clowned.
“He’s not Harvey Weinstein or R. Kelly,” Maher noted. “He’s more like the TSA.”
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