Former Trump Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has accused President Joe Biden of inappropriately touching him in connection with an alleged incident before he entered the White House.
Appears on The Megyn Kelly Show On SiriusXM on Wednesday, Ms Devos likened interacting with Mr Biden to sexual harassment, according to new definitions proposed by the administration for universities and colleges.
Ms. DeVos noted that she first met the future president in early 2019, adding that she was using a wheelchair at the time, having recently fractured her pelvis.
She claimed Mr Biden put his hands on her shoulders and rested his forehead against hers “for a few seconds” and said she had “nowhere to go or escape.”
“If he had done that as a student on a college campus under his proposed rule, I would have a Title IX sexual harassment charge against him,” Ms. DeVos told Ms. Kelly.
Betsy DeVos appears on The Megyn Kelly Show
Ms. DeVos was Secretary of Education in Mr. Trump’s cabinet at the time. She was appointed in February 2017, shortly after his inauguration, and left the administration after the Capitol riots on January 6, 2021.
“There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation,” she wrote in her resignation letter to Mr Trump.
Ms. DeVos is from a wealthy family that is active in Michigan politics and supports Republican candidates and conservative politics.
The Biden administration proposed in June to reinstate the Title IX rules, which were removed during Ms. DeVos and Mr. Trump’s leadership. It would enforce protections for victims of discrimination, assault and harassment, and would expand the definition of sexual harassment to include any “unwanted gender-based behavior that creates a hostile environment,” which would prevent an individual from fully participating in school programs, accordingly The Detroit News.
Trump presidency regulations require students to present “clear and compelling evidence” that they have been molested and requires cross-examination of witnesses at hearings.
The rules proposed by the Biden administration would remove the requirement for cross-examination and establish a standard of proof showing that discrimination was likely to have occurred.
When he was a candidate, Mr. Biden said Ms. DeVos’ Title IX provisions “shame and silence survivors” The Detroit News written down.
The former education secretary said Mr Biden approached her backstage at an event and asked if she had “hardware” following an injury.
Ms. DeVos wrote about it in her book, published in June, saying she found it “uncomfortable” and “disgusting.”
Ms. DeVos was in a far-right wheelchair after a bicycle accident in late 2018 Washington Examiner reported.
In her book No More Hostages: The Fight for Educational Freedom and the Future of the American ChildMs. DeVos claimed Mr. Biden “hung over” as she attempted to roll back in her wheelchair.
“It was gross, and it was also a feeble attempt at intimidation,” she wrote.
Ms. DeVos and Mr. Biden both addressed the US Conference of Mayors on January 24, 2019.
“He must have heard about my accident because he came straight at me. ‘How are you?’ he asked,” Ms. DeVos wrote.
“Do you have any hardware?” she quoted him as questioning. “I told him I had a very fine 3 inch screw as a result of my accident.”
“Then that chance encounter turned into something totally unexpected and awkward. Biden bent down and put his hands on my shoulders and pressed his forehead against mine. He lingered. When I was trying to figure out how to roll the wheelchair and myself away, he said, “I have nine screws in my shoulder. But everyone thinks they’re in my head,'” she wrote.
“I think of that encounter every time I hear Biden talk about dismantling our Title IX reforms,” she added in the book.
The Independent has reached out to the White House for comment.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/betsy-devos-joe-biden-b2148527.html Betsy DeVos says an “awkward” encounter with Biden in 2019 would make him guilty of sexual harassment under his Title IX rules