MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski drew praise from some conservatives Friday for pressing presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden to answer hard questions about sexual assault allegations that were made against him by a former aide.
Tara Reade said in late March that Biden assaulted her in a hallway of a Senate office in 1993, and Biden has not been asked directly about the allegations by any reporter since the accusation became public.
His campaign issued a denial and hoped it would go away, but Reade has continued to talk about it to the press and provide corroborating details and witnesses that remember her talking about it at the time. Old audio of her mother calling in to “Larry King Live” in August 1993 to talk about “problems” her daughter had with a senator also surfaced to support her claims, although nothing specific was said about assault during the phone call.
Biden denies assault: “It never happened”
Brzezinski asked Biden directly whether he had assaulted Reade. “No, it is not true,” Biden answered. “I am saying unequivocally it never, never happened, and it didn’t. It never happened.”
Biden also said he didn’t remember any complaints made by Reade, but he was unwilling to allow his archived records to be searched for her name to see if one had been made.
“Why not push for the release of any documents related to Tara Reade in the University of Delaware records?” Brzezinski asked repeatedly, and Biden had no response except to say he didn’t understand what she was saying.
Senate staffers Reade says she complained to about Biden’s “harassment” have all said they don’t remember any such complaints, but searching the archived records would be a definitive way to settle the issue and prove at least part of her story wrong.
In fact, Biden’s campaign staff already did a search of the archived records in 2019, just before Biden announced his candidacy. And now Biden won’t allow anyone else to see; what could he be hiding?
Pointing out Biden’s double standard
Biden apologists thought Brzezinski went too hard on Biden, which tells me she at least tried to hold his feet to the fire.
She even asked whether his comments about believing all women during the 2018 Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings showed a double standard now that he had been accused.
“You said, ‘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 is talking about is real,'” Brzezinski said to Biden. “Should we not start off with the presumption that the essence of what [Reade is] talking about is real?”
But Biden twisted around his original words and changed their meaning, saying, “Women have a right to be heard, and the press should rigorously investigate claims they make. I’ll always uphold that principle. But in the end, in every case, the truth is what matters. And in this case, the truth is the claims are false.”
As Reason points out, Biden’s own standard during the Kavanaugh hearings would make him guilty of what Reade claims, and to say anything else now makes his statements before a lie and a political calculation.
Biden has singlehandedly killed the #MeToo movement, and let’s hope liberal women don’t forget that when they go to the polls in November.