GOP strategist: Dems need to draw line on how to handle sexual misconduct allegations

Republican strategist Lauren Claffey on Tuesday said that Democrats need to draw a line on what is acceptable and what isn't in deciding how they handle accusations of inappropriate behavior and sexual misconduct amid allegations of inappropriate touching against former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Hillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns Fox News poll: Biden ahead of Trump in Nevada, Pennsylvania and Ohio MORE.

“The bigger question for the Democrats is, what is the line here? Where are we drawing the line in the "Me Too' movement where behavior is acceptable and nonacceptable?,” Claffey, the managing director at Hamilton Place Strategies, told hosts Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti on Hill.TV's "Rising."

“And also past behaviors are acceptable or nonacceptable," she continued. "I think all of us can agree that we would say that is not OK going forward, and that is something that is not cultural acceptable anymore."

Two women have come forward in the last week to accuse Biden, who is expected to launch a 2020 White House bid, of inappropriate touching. 

Neither of the women said the interactions were sexual but said they still made them feel uncomfortable. 

Biden issued a statement on Sunday saying that if he crossed any lines, it was unintentional. 

A spokesman for the vice president issued a statement on Monday, saying that other interactions have been misinterpreted, especially by the news media. 

Claffey compared the situation to allegations of sexual assault against Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D), and the controversy involving Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and a racist photo in his medical school yearbook. 

"I think it's the same thing when we look at Virginia, and what happened with the governor and the lieutenant governor," she said. "That was never really resolved. Basically, the Democrats in my mind are punting to the voters to make that decision of, where is that line? Where do we stand on that politically? Is it OK, or is it not OK, and how do we treat past behaviors?"  

— Julia Manchester