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A new ad from a pro-Trump political action committee has attacked former vice president and potential 2020 Democratic candidate Joe Biden over allegations of inappropriate behavior with women by revisiting a similar spot from Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
The 60-second spot from Great America PAC, entitled “Creepy Joe,” shows images of children watching a CNN interview with former Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores, who claimed last week that Biden approached her from behind, smelled her hair and kissed the back of her head in 2014.
“It happened all so suddenly, very unexpectedly, out of nowhere,” Flores says in the ad. “I feel Joe Biden put his hands on my shoulders, get up very close to me from behind, lean in, smell my hair, and then plant a slow kiss on the top of my head. To have the vice president of the United States do that to me so unexpectedly and just kind of out of nowhere, it was just shocking. It was shocking because you don’t expect that kind of intimate behavior, you don’t expect that kind of intimacy from someone so powerful and someone who you just have no relationship whatsoever to, to touch you and to feel you and to be so close to you in that way.”
As Flores speaks, the ad displays a gauzy montage of infamous touchy-feely moments involving Biden. Prominently featured are Biden putting his hands on the shoulders of Stephanie Carter, the wife of then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter; leaning close and whispering something to Maggie Coons, the teenage daughter of Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del.; and putting an arm around the waist of Alyson Gardner, the daughter of Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo.
The ad closes with the tagline “Our children are watching,” a reference to the Clinton campaign’s “Role Models” ad from 2016. That ad showed some of the same children watching some of Trump’s most controversial moments on the campaign trail, including his apparent mocking of a disabled reporter and bragging that he could “stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters.”
“Our children are watching,” the Clinton ad was captioned. “What example will we set for them?”
Sources told Fox News that the “Creepy Joe” ad will run on digital platforms as part of a six-figure ad buy unless Biden officially enters the presidential race. If that happens, the commercial will air on national TV.
BELLPORT, N.Y. — A middle school teacher from Long Island, New York, is planning to sue her former school district after she was fired, she alleges, for a topless selfie.
Lauren Miranda, 25, has taught math at Bellport Middle School for the past four years.
She says a topless selfie she took of herself in her bedroom in 2016 and sent to a former boyfriend who also teaches in the school district somehow leaked to at least one student at the middle school.
Miranda’s attorney John Ray says the superintendent of the South Country School District told Miranda she was being fired because she could no longer serve as a role model for the students. In January, she was placed on administrative leave with pay and was fired by the school board last Wednesday.
Both Miranda and Ray say they have no idea how the photo ended up in a student’s hands.
Miranda is planning to file a $3 million federal suit for gender discrimination, alleging her rights as a woman were violated. She said she will not file the lawsuit if the school district gives her her job back.
“What is wrong with my image?” she said. “It’s my breasts. It’s my chest. It’s my body. It’s something that should be celebrated.”
Ray said the school district is discriminating against Miranda because she’s a woman.
“Anytime a man has ever exposed his chest, no one has ever commented or had any problem with it whatsoever,” he said. “But when a woman displays her chest, as happened here, she gets fired from her job.”
Miranda provided WABC with her review from last school year, which showed her to be a “highly effective teacher.”
The teacher observation review stated, “Ms. Miranda demonstrated in this lesson to be an outstanding math instructor, knowledgeable of her content area, but most of all genuinely dedicated to the academic progress of her students.”
Miranda was up for tenure in June and said one of the reasons she is pursuing a lawsuit is to serve as a role model for female students.
“What message is that saying to the girls who have their photos airdropped all over the high school and sent all over?” she said. “What message are we sending to them? To roll over when your picture gets exposed without your permission or consent? So how am I now not being a role model to them?”
The school district would not make anyone available to WABC to speak about the situation, only saying in a statement on behalf of Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Giani, “The district does not comment on active litigation.”
WABC reporter Kristin Thorne spoke with parents about the picture.
“Whether her intentions were for a student to get it or they weren’t, a student did and you have to be responsible for your actions,” parent Randy Miller said.
Parent Arlene Henao said she is torn, because it appears Miranda never had any intention of a student getting a hold of the picture.
“I understand why she would be fired, but it’s probably more complicated than just a black and white situation,” she said.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – People are giving DNA samples to a guy in a white van for $20.
It’s been happening in some of Louisville’s poorest neighborhoods. However, the offer is only available to Passport customers.
Some told WAVE 3 News that something didn’t feel right after they gave their DNA.
The people taking and paying for those samples have been showing up in areas of west Louisville like Portland and Russell, and even homeless camps around Kentucky. They ask participants to swab the inside of their cheeks. Some people who participated said they were told it was a test for cancer.
“When you do your homework on it, you come to a dead end,” said David, a man who gave his DNA after the car came to his street for at least two days in a row.
Employees operating from a white, unmarked van have been setting up shop in minority neighborhoods across Louisville for more than a month. They return day after day, handing out cash in exchange for DNA samples from Passport Health customers like Martha Mask.
“They said, ‘Swab 10 times on each side,’” Mask said. “At the time, I was at my downlow and I needed that change.”
Mask was given $20 and told that sample will be used to screen for cancer. However, she told WAVE 3 News something didn’t feel right.
“The people told me they had contracts with Passport,” Mask said. “Well, they didn’t have any passport papers or nothing on the table.”
WAVE 3 News contacted Passport representative Ben Adkins, who said Passport is not related to the group. Passport Health warned customers about engaging with them.
“Where are you coming from? What organization are you with?” David asked the men at the table. “None of these questions are answered.”
In March, the group identified itself to a pair of WAVE 3 News producers as employees from Freedom Health. WAVE 3 News called the number the group gave David, at the van’s last spotting over the weekend on 34th and Broadway. There was no answer.
“Another example of businesses taking advantage of people who are less fortunate,” District 4 Rep. Barbara Sexton Smith told WAVE 3 News.
A local health official called Smith to express concern about the operation.
“They’re taking DNA, then you disappear, and we can’t find you … something is wrong with that,” Smith said.
University of Louisville Analytical Chemistry Professor Dr. Aleeta Powe said swabs can only check for genes that may be connected to certain cancers.
“At the moment, you can’t test for cancer using mouth swabs, but there are tests in development,” Powe said.
WAVE 3 News is still working to find out exactly why the group is paying people for their DNA.