Biden Campaign Speaks Out After Woman Accuses Him of Sexual Assault
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Last Wednesday, journalist Katie Harper released a bombshell audio clip of former staff assistant to Joe Biden, Tara Reade, claiming that she had been sexually assaulted by Biden in 1993.
In the clip, Reade details how she was sexually assault by Biden after she was told to bring him a gym bag.
“We were alone, and it was the strangest thing. There was no, like, exchange really, he just had me up against the wall,” Reade claims.
“His hands were on me, and underneath my clothes,” Reade later says. “He went down my skirt, but then up inside. He penetrated me with his fingers.”
Reade said that Biden was kissing her and asking her if she “wanted to go somewhere else,” and the assault took place and he could tell that she was upset, he said, “C’mon man, I heard you liked me.”
The Biden campaign finally responded to the allegations when Biden's campaign manager and communications director Kate Bedingfield released a statement to Fox News.
“Women have a right to tell their story, and reporters have an obligation to rigorously vet those claims. We encourage them to do so, because these accusations are false,” Bedingfield said.
Check out what the Daily Wire reported:
Fox reported that a “former executive assistant to then-Senator Biden also challenged the account, calling it ‘clearly false.’”
The response from the Biden campaign is a clear contrast to the statements Biden has made over the past few decades, in which he insists women making sexual misconduct allegations must be believed. In 2018, for example, Biden was asked about whether he believed Anita Hill’s claims in the 90s that her then-boss Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her. Biden said he thought Hill “was telling the truth at the beginning.” He then spoke generally about women’s allegations.
“For a woman to come forward in the glaring lights of focus, nationally, you’ve got to start off with the presumption that at least the essence of what she’s talking about is real, whether or not she forgets facts, whether or not it’s been made worse or better over time. But nobody fails to understand that this is like jumping into a cauldron,” Biden said to reporters at the time.
According to Biden himself, we should believe the allegations against him are "real."
Check out what else the Daily Wire had to say:
Biden made the comments after Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh had been accused of sexual assault shortly after he was nominated to the position. The allegations from Christine Blasey Ford claimed Kavanaugh assaulted her 30 years earlier at a party. Ford’s claims were thin, yet the media, Democrats and the “believe all women” crowd ran with them in an effort to keep Kavanaugh off the court.
Reade’s claims against Biden may be slightly less thin, as she says she made a contemporaneous complaint (it has yet to be produced) and told friends and family what happened at the time (they seem to remember this).
What Biden’s communications director said is true, media outlets do need to “rigorously vet those claims,” however, Biden has never made such an insistence until the allegations were made against him. When dubious allegations were made against political rivals, powerful businessmen and celebrities, or male college students, Biden sings a different tune.
He has led the charge that we must “believe all women” and that women don’t lie about these things, yet here he is – through his campaign – calling Reade a liar. Either Biden is going to have to accept what Reade says as true or admit that we can’t just assume every woman is telling the truth when she makes such allegations.
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