It’s been well over a month since former staffer Tara Reade came forward with her claims that then-Senator Joe Bide had sexually assaulted her in 1993.
Now Reade is calling on Joe Biden to withdraw his presidential campaign, saying during her first on-camera interview since she first came forward in March that he “should not be running on character for President of the United States.”
It’s ramping up
The Democrat establishment and the mainstream media attempted to run cover for Biden for several weeks after Reade accused Biden of digitally penetrating her without her consent while she worked in his Senate office.
However, as more of Reade’s contacts have come forward to corroborate her account, Democrats can’t ignore the issue anymore. Biden himself finally addressed the issue directly in a Sunday interview with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, nearly six weeks after the initial bombshell.
Reade appeared in an exclusive interview with former Fox personality Megyn Kelly on Thursday to discuss the accusations and the Democrat party’s response.
Reade told Kelly that “some of his surrogates with the blue checks have been saying really horrible things about me and to me on social media. He hasn’t himself, but there’s a measure of hypocrisy with the campaign saying it’s safe.”
“His campaign is taking this position that they want all women to be able to speak safely. I have not experienced that,” she continued, revealing that she even received a death threat “because they thought I was being a traitor to America.”
Kelley asked if Reade what she would say to Biden if she could, to which she responded, “I want to say, ‘You and I were there, Joe Biden. Please step forward and be held accountable. You should not be running on character for President of the United States.'”
“You want him to withdraw?” Kelly asked. “I wish he would, but he won’t,” Reade replied. “But, I wish he would. That’s how I feel, emotionally.”
Democrat base loses faith
Biden’s disastrous denial of Reade’s accusations on Sunday appears to have failed in shoring up support amongst the Democrat base.
A Morning Consult poll released on Monday revealed that only 41 percent of voters thought that Biden’s denial was “somewhat credible” or “very credible.” More telling, 26 percent of all Democrat voters and 40 percent of voters under the age of 45 believe that Biden should be completely replaced as the Democrat nominee.
Even before Reade’s devastating allegations began to pick up steam, Biden was facing an uphill battle in terms of generating enthusiasm in his base. Not only is Biden uninspiring to Democrat voters, but he’s also now facing an increasingly credible accusation — a combination that may prove to be insurmountable.