Troubling sex assault allegations are swirling around former Vice President Joe Biden, but despite those serious accusations, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) didn’t hesitate to give Biden her unconditional approval.
“I’m proud to endorse Joe Biden, a leader who is the personification of hope and courage, values, authenticity, and integrity,” the long-time California Democrat declared on Thursday, according to Fox News.
That endorsement came in the wake of claims by former Senate staff member Tara Reade that Biden pushed her up against a wall and touched her under her clothing when she worked in his office 27 years ago.
Pelosi is “satisfied”
As of Thursday, Biden has not addressed the issue himself, and he has instead relied on campaign official Kate Bedingfield to issue a denial on his behalf. According to Pelosi, that’s good enough for her.
But I am impressed with the people who worked for him at the time, saying they absolutely never heard one iota of information about this, nobody ever brought forth a claim or had anybody else tell them about such a claim.
That’s a far cry from how Pelosi reacted when Dr. Christine Blasey Ford came forward with allegations against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh nearly two years ago.
“Far too few people are recognizing Dr. Ford’s sheer bravery in sharing her story today,” Pelosi tweeted in September of 2018. “That *must* not be overlooked.”
New corroboration emerges
Donald Trump Jr., for his part, has highlighted the inconsistency in Pelosi’s standards, and he wasn’t the only one to do so. What’s more, the corroborating evidence that has emerged to support Reade’s claims is far more substantial than anything Ford was ever able to muster.
A video clip taken from a 1993 episode of CNN’s Larry King Live features a woman who Reade has identified as her late mother calling in to discuss “problems” her daughter had while working for a “prominent senator.”
Further, an article published this week by Business Insider includes interviews with two women who say Reade confided in them about her time on Capitol Hill and with whom she discussed the alleged assault.
One of them, a former neighbor named Lynda LaCasse, said that Reade recounted explicit details about the attack when the pair lived next to each other. She recalled that Reade seemed “traumatized” by the incident, according to Business Insider.
The other corroborating source cited in the piece was former co-worker Lorraine Sanchez, who states that Reade told her she was fired for reporting sexual misconduct in her Washington office.
Still, Pelosi seems unconvinced. What changed?