Back in 2014, when former Nevada state assemblywoman Lucy Flores was campaigning for lieutenant governor, she got a bit of good news: Vice President Joe Biden was interested in joining her on the trail. But her initial optimism over Biden’s appearance at a rally in Las Vegas curdled upon his arrival. Flores recently recalled in a piece for New York that Biden approached her from behind, smelling her hair before planting a “big slow kiss” on the back of her head.

Flores revealed that Biden’s actions left her feeling embarrassed, shocked, confused — like she wanted to disappear. “There is a Spanish saying, ‘tragame tierra,’ it means, ‘earth, swallow me whole,’” Flores wrote.

In an initial statement

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