UPDATED 10:09 AM PT — Tuesday, April 2, 2019
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is defending former Vice President Joe Biden amid accusations of inappropriately touching female politicians.
During an interview Tuesday, she appeared to call out Biden after he said he didn’t intend to make the women feel uncomfortable. Pelosi said his intent wasn’t the important part, adding, it was how his intent came across to the women that was important.
“I think that its important for the (former) vice president and others to understand — it isn’t what you intended, it’s how it was received and that’s generally about communication in general,” stated the House speaker. “So to say I’m sorry that you were offended is not an apology…I’m sorry I invaded your space.”
Pelosi’s comments come after a second woman came forward to accuse the former vice president of touching her without her consent. However, Pelosi did say the allegations against Biden were not a disqualifying factor as he seeks a possible 2020 bid.