Former Vice President and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in a Friday appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program steadfastly denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a former Senate staffer named Tara Reade 27 years ago while he was serving in the U.S. Senate.
The allegations have swirled around for many days as Biden has been huddled in his home basement office during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Speaking to MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski, Biden adamantly denied the incident took place.
“No, it is not true,” Biden insisted. “I’m saying unequivocally it never, never happened and it didn’t. It never happened.”
He also issued a statement containing the denial. According to Fox News, the former vice president under Barack Obama confirmed he had not “reached out” to Reade.
Biden has picked up support from Leslie Marshall, a self-described feminist writing at Fox News. In an opinion piece published Friday, she said she believes Biden, and explained why, declaring the media has been “timid” about reporting the allegations.
“It’s because Tara Reade is not a credible witness,” Marshall writes.
While all of this has been unfolding, Liz Peek, a contributing opinion writer for The Hill, published a piece strongly suggesting that failed 2016 candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton has been “waiting for the call” to “step forward should Joe Biden fail.” Peek offers an interesting scenario, contending that Biden “is failing.”
She cites an Emerson College poll showing 57 percent of likely voters are convinced President Donald Trump will win a second term.
“Another red flag,” Peek states, “is Biden’s tepid fund-raising.”
Trump’s got a fat campaign war chest, she says, of $187 million. She also alludes to swing state polling, where Biden is running behind where Clinton was at this point in the 2016 race.
“And we all know how that turned out,” Peek says wryly.
There is something else, Peek reminds readers. With this sexual assault allegation, the #MeToo-supporting Democrats are put in “an incredibly awkward spot.”
The comment begs comparison between how the media and Democrats have reacted so far to the Biden problem with how they savaged Brett Kavanaugh during the Supreme Court nominating process, following similar allegations. Democrats rushed to the closest microphone to declare their belief in Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations, but so far none of them have been so vocal in support of Reade.
As CFL earlier noted, the appearance of hypocrisy has been strong, and it may not go away even with MSNBC’s on-screen questioning of Biden.
All that said, the former vice president should be afforded the same presumption of innocence as was Kavanaugh. Or was the now-associate Supreme Court justice presumed guilty during his ordeal, and should Biden be treated accordingly?
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