‘He gave me permission’: Joe Biden jokes about touching complaints

Former vice-presidents comments came during first public appearance since allegations from at least seven women surfaced Joe Biden has twice made joking references to complaints from women that his physical behavior made them uncomfortable. The former vice-presidents comments on Friday came during his first public appearance since the allegations began to surface last week. Taking the stage in Washington at a gathering of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Biden was introduced by the president of the union, Lonnie Stephenson. Biden quipped: I just want you to know I had permission to hug Lonnie. The crowd, which was mostly male, erupted in laughter. Later, Biden made a similar joke after inviting a group of children onstage and putting his arm …