DONALD Trump Jr posted a baseless meme on Saturday calling former Vice President Joe Biden a “pedophile.”
The president’s son shared the post on Instagram that showed an image of Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, stacked on top of an image of an alligator.
“See you later, alligator!” the photo of Biden appears to be saying — while the alligator quips back: “In a while, pedophile!”
Trump Jr, a prominent surrogate for Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, later tweeted the three “laughing” emojis he used in the post’s caption “should indicate to anyone with a scintilla of common sense that I’m joking around.”
“If the media doesn’t want people mocking & making jokes about how creepy Joe is, then maybe he should stop the unwanted touching & keep his hands to himself?”
The tweet claiming the post was a joke also included several pictures of Biden posing with children at White House events.
Trump Jr also retweeted several tweets that defended his Instagram post about Biden.
In another tweet, Trump Jr responded to The New York Times’ report about his “pedophile” Instagram post, writing: "The @nytimes is right.”
“There’s NOTHING CREEPY at all about how @JoeBiden. interacts with the kids in this 4+ min long video.”
“All the touching & hair sniffing is TOTALLY APPROPRIATE & 100% NORMAL. Everyone does it!” he said. “I'm a bad person for mocking him & thinking it's disgusting!!!”
Biden has been accused of inappropriate behavior with women.
Lucy Flores, a Democratic politician in Nevada, said Biden kissing the back of her head ahead of a campaign event in Las Vegas in 2014 made her feel uncomfortable.
For years, Biden’s public persona has included affectionate whispers, hugs, and shoulder squeezed, often on camera and at high-profile events.
Amid the #MeToo movement, some Democrats said Biden’s actions have taken on a new light.
Tara Reade, a former aide to Biden while he served as a prominent senator from Delaware, has claimed Biden sexually assaulted her in the basement of a Senate office building on Capitol Hill in 1993.
Biden and his 2020 campaign have denied the allegations.
Reade first came forward last spring with seven other women who alleged Biden made them feel uncomfortable with inappropriate physical displays of affection.
Biden acknowledged the complaints and promised to “be more mindful about respecting personal space in the future.”
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