TIFFIN, OH — A local woman who made national headlines after she accused now-President Donald J. Trump of sexual misconduct is speaking out in light of the recent allegations against former Vice President Joe Biden.
“I feel for Lucy Flores & hope that Joe Biden is truly reflecting on his actions with women. If you’re a Trump supporter condemning Biden, you are a hypocrite of the highest degree,” Crooks tweeted on Sunday.
Crooks also made headlines as she ran for state representative in Ohio’s 88th district. She was ultimately unsuccessful in her bid, losing to incumbent Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin).
A former Nevada lawmaker, Flores, then-35, said she was preparing to give a speech in 2014 when Biden stepped up behind her, grabbed her by the shoulders, “inhaled my hair,” and planted “a big slow kiss on the back of my head.”
Biden has since responded to the allegations.
“In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort,” Biden said in a statement. “And not once – never – did I believe I acted inappropriately. If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully. But it was never my intention.”
Three weeks before the 2016 presidential election, Rachel Crooks was among several women who came forward to accuse Mr. Trump of sexual misconduct, detailing how she said he grabbed her in 2005 outside an elevator in his Manhattan building and repeatedly kissed her.