In a segment that also featured then-show correspondent Samantha Bee, Stewart played multiple instances of Biden being hands-on with women and noted how all the touching might come back to bite him if he sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.
“There’s been a rumor that Vice President Joe Biden may be gunning for the Democratic nomination in 2016, but before we talk about a promotion, I think we need to take a look at how he’s doing in his current position,” Stewart said before playing video footage of Biden placing his hands on the shoulders of Stephanie Carter, the wife of Obama Defense Secretary Ash Carter.
“Hey you seem tense. Is it the stress of me groping you for 28 straight seconds?” Stewart mocked. “Jesus, 28 seconds. That’s like three decades in groped-on-camera years.”
On Sunday, Carter published a Medium post defending Biden, saying images of the vice president grasping her shoulders had been taken out of context.
“The Joe Biden in my picture is a close friend helping someone get through a big day, for which I will always be grateful,” she wrote. “A still shot taken from a video – misleadingly extracted from what was a longer moment between close friends – sent out in a snarky tweet — came to be the lasting image of that day.”
In the four-year-old clip, Stewart offered other video instances of Biden getting close with women. After another close encounter between Biden and the daughter of Delaware Sen. Chris Coons that was captured by C-SPAN, Stewart pretended to put hand sanitizer in his eyes.
“I can still see it!” he groaned. “What could you possibly be saying to her?!”
(Coons has also gone on record saying the video was not what it looked like).
Though he has not officially declared his candidacy, the former vice president has been atop the polls for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. His prospects took a significant tip on Friday, however, after Lucy Flores, a Nevada politician and activist penned an essay accusing him of touching her inappropriately during a campaign event in 2014. Though Flores said it wasn’t sexual per se, she detailed how Biden had kissed the back of her head and smelled her hair without permission.
“My brain couldn’t process what was happening. I was embarrassed. I was shocked. I was confused,” Flores wrote in The Cut. “I couldn’t move and I couldn’t say anything. I wanted nothing more than to get Biden away from me.” A second woman, Amy Lappos, came forward on Monday telling a similar story to the Hartford Courant.
“It wasn’t sexual, but he did grab me by the head,” Lappos told the paper. “He put his hand around my neck and pulled me in to rub noses with me. When he was pulling me in, I thought he was going to kiss me on the mouth.”
In a weekend statement, Biden said he respected Flores’ recollection but said he remembered things differently.
“In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort,” he said. “And not once — never — did I believe I acted inappropriately. If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully. But it was never my intention.”
Reps for Biden at his Political Action Committee “American Possibilities” did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap over the Stewart video.
Long before he became a household name, Jon Stewart broke onto the scene as an MTV host with his own show. In 1993, the funny guy cut his teeth on "The John Stewart Show," a late-night show with a variety of celebrity guests and a fun opening monologue. His style was very 90s and a little couture immature. In his early days, Stewart regularly hit the town in hoodies and T-shirts and sported dark, curly locks.
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In the 90s, Stewart was also very fond of the leather jacket, T-shirt and jeans look. The dark-haired comedian had a sit down with fellow late-night host Conan O'Brien in 1993 and sans a few gray hairs, the pair look strikingly similar to how they look now. Photo by: Lesly Weiner/NBCU Photo Bank
Rumors swirled that the young comedian was romancing supermodel Cindy Crawford in the 90s. The pair were spotted all gussied up in 1994 at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
In 1995, Stewart met up with singer Jon Bon Jovi. At the time, the New York City native was still sticking to fashion basics like T-shirts. Are you sensing a trend here? (Photo by Ke.Mazur/WireImage)
It's love! Stewart, who wrapped "The Jon Stewart Show" on MTV in 1995, snuggled up to girlfriend Tracy McShane in 1996 at an HBO party. The pair were reportedly set up by a production assistant and clearly couldn't keep their hands off each other during their young romance -- which definitely had staying power. They wed four years after this photo was taken. Perhaps she liked his favorite blue T-shirt as much as he did. (Photo by Manny Hernandez/Liaison)
Stewart was a rising star in the late 90s -- and as his fame continued to grow, so did his fashion choices. Enter the era of Jon Stewart in more formal attire. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
In 1999, Stewart attended the GQ Magazine Of The Year Awards on October 21, 1999, and posed alongside actor Michael J. Fox. During this year, Stewart co-produced several movies like "The Daily View" and "The Daily Show Summer Spectacular."
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Look who is getting gussied up now! Stewart looked dapper in a tux at the 1999 Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, despite the fact that it seemed to be a bit big for him. His famous locks were just showing the first signs of a little salt and pepper. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect)
By 1999, Stewart and his now peppered locks, were center stage on Comedy Central's, "The Daily Show." The TV regular replaced Craig Kilborn when he left the show. Naturally, he brought his comedic edge and political prowess to the host seat and a hit was literally born overnight. For his big show, Stewart also stepped up his fashion game and fully traded in his T-shirts for slim-fit suits and well-selected ties. (Photo by Corey Sipkin/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Although, he wasn't always suited up. In 2002, the funny guy ditched his clothes in order to host the 44th Annual Grammy Awards. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
Recognize these two funny faces? Stewart stopped by "Saturday Night Live" in 2002 for a memorable skit with Amy Poehler, where the pair spoofed Mel Gibson. There's no real "fashion moment" here unless you count army greens.
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Pretty much everyone fell victim to the political pundit's funny antics -- including Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, who was all smiles during her 2003 appearance on "The Daily Show." More importantly, Stewart's attire -- dark suit, red tie, crisp white shirt, peppery locks -- became his go-to look for basically the next 10 years. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images for The Daily Show)
Back to basics! In 2008, a low-key Stewart was spotted goofing around with his son Nathan at a New York Knicks game. Stewart channeled his younger self in a classic T-shirt. His son, also seems to be inheriting his style. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
Stewart clearly understands the power of a red tie during a political interview. For his final sit down with President Barack Obama, Stewart rocked his signature look -- dark suit and a red tie. Some fashion habits really do die hard -- but we aren't complaining. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)