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DeVos says that under his proposed Title IX changes, Biden allegedly harassed her by his actions

DeVos was in a wheelchair and said that Biden's actions towards her would have amounted to sexual harassment

August 18, 2022 2:56pm

Updated: August 18, 2022 8:03pm

Former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said President Joe Biden's treatment of her when she was in a wheelchair would have amounted to sexual harassment under the White House's proposed Title IX changes.

On "The Megyn Kelly Show," DeVos said Biden touched her face and shoulders during an uncomfortable encounter when she was temporarily in a wheelchair in 2019 after breaking her pelvis.

"I was backstage after speaking, he came up to me, I had never met him before in my life, he came up to me, put his hands on my shoulders, and his forehead on my forehead for several seconds, and had [a] conversation with me," she told Megyn Kelly on Wednesday.

If Biden acted like that as a college student on campus, DeVos said, "under his proposed rule, I would have a Title IX sexual harassment allegation to levy against him because of his conduct."

Biden, who was heavily involved in the "It's on Us" campaign to stop sexual assault on college campuses, has had several women, including Senate staffer Tara Reade, accuse him of unwanted touching. The president has repeatedly denied these allegations.

"I’m just using it as an example to say, this administration is so bent on trying to politicize and weaponize a law that was meant to protect women and to give them access to education, not to weaponize it to harm others," DeVos said. "This is a really really bad direction that they are taking with their proposed Title IX rule and I hope people will speak up about it."

Before that encounter, DeVos said she had "never met him before," and when he touched her, she had "nowhere to go to or to escape."

Biden even asked her the personal question of whether she "had any hardware as a result" of her injury, DeVos said.

"Then he told me that he had 9 screws in his shoulder but everybody thought they were in his head," she recalled.

Kelly responded, "So you were basically harassed, the legal definition of sexual harassment, by Joe Biden while in a wheelchair."

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