On Biden Sexual Assault Allegation, Silence Then Hypocrisy

Source: Reason - View Original Article
Published: Apr 30, 2020
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92% "I wasn't one of her better advocates, he told Halper.""
88% "Reporters Scott Bixby and Hanna Trudo contacted 10 top national pro-women organizations for this story, including Emily's List, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, NARAL Pro-Choice ..."
86% "What libertarians like me hope is that he enables a growing number of Americans to register their dissatisfaction with the major parties and their ..."
85% "Both of them recall Reade telling them about it at the time, writes Halper.""
84% "We were talking about violent stories, because I had a violent situation, said LaCasse, who describes herself as a strong Democrat.""
82% " Bixby and Trudo draw parallels between the current situation and Democrats' sudden disinterest in sexual assault allegations and workplace harassment of women when the ..."
80% "Related: Welch, Nick Gillespie, and Brian Doherty talk about how Justin Amash's campaign changes the 2020 presidential election.""
79% "and she just told me about the senator that she had worked for and he put his hand up her skirt.""

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92% : "I wasn't one of her better advocates," he told Halper.
88% : Vice President Biden has vehemently denied these allegations and I support Vice President Biden.
88% : Reporters Scott Bixby and Hanna Trudo "contacted 10 top national pro-women organizations for this story, including Emily's List, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and the National Organization for Women.
86% : "What libertarians like me hope is that he enables a growing number of Americans to register their dissatisfaction with the major parties and their policy agendas."
85% : Both of them "recall Reade telling them about it at the time," writes Halper.
84% : leaving a trail of unambiguous statements at sharp odds with the role they'll need to play for Biden in a general election.
84% : "We were talking about violent stories, because I had a violent situation," said LaCasse, who describes herself as a strong Democrat.
82% : " Bixby and Trudo draw parallels between the current situation and Democrats' sudden disinterest in sexual assault allegations and workplace harassment of women when the person being accused was Bill Clinton.
80% : Related: Welch, Nick Gillespie, and Brian Doherty talk about how Justin Amash's campaign changes the 2020 presidential election.
79% : and she just told me about the senator that she had worked for and he put his hand up her skirt.
79% : But it's "far from clear, if history is any guide, that [Amash] will hurt Mr. Biden more than Mr. Trump," writes Liz Mair in The New York Times.
74% : That's true enough for many folks.
73% : "As we started holding politicians and business leaders and celebrities around the world accountable for their actions, it was easy to sort things into their respective buckets: this is wrong, this is right," Milano writes in Deadline.
71% : Former presidential candidate and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said last year that she believed three women (Lucy Flores, Caitlyn Caruso, and D.J. Hill) who accused Biden of inappropriate touching or kissing.
68% : But now that she's allegedly among Biden's top choices for VP (and regularly doing digital events with him), Harris has nothing to say about the Reade allegation and has gone full "We have to do everything we can to elect Joe Biden."
67% : She has come forward, she has spoken, and they have done an investigation in several outlets.
67% : "I know Joe Biden
65% : New testimony from people who knew her in the early 1990s suggests that Tara Reade complained privately of being sexually assaulted by Biden in 1993 when she worked as a staff assistant in his Senate office.
64% : Those accounts have proven especially problematic for women rumored to be on Biden's shortlist for vice president.
64% : and I think he's telling the truth and this did not happen," Abrams told CNN on Tuesday.
60% : Reade's friend told Halper she encouraged her not to go public with the allegation at the time out of concern for public scorn without any real resolution.
60% : Most organizations did not respond to a detailed request for comment about the allegation by Tara Reade.
58% : And in this allegation, that is what Tara Reade has done.
55% : Amash's Wednesday announcement that he's seeking the L.P. presidential nomination set off the standard wave of complaints about how Americans owe it to their nation to vote only for either a Democrat or a Republican. "If we want more liberty and smaller government, then Amash should have just stayed in Congress," suggests a Washington Examiner op-ed. "If Amash gets the Libertarian nomination and stays in until the end, he could wind up going in the books as the guy who voted to impeach Trump one year, then tipped the election to him 11 months later," writes Joe Walsh in The Washington Post.
54% : Reason's Matt Welch talks to U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (L-Mich.), who is now officially the first Libertarian Party (L.P.) member of Congress.
53% : "I believe them and I respect them being able to tell their story and having the courage to do it," Harris said at an April 2, 2019, event for her presidential campaign.
53% : Those investigations, Vice President Biden has called for himself.
52% : Also this week, The Intercept confirmed (in a piece that further explains Reade's timing on coming forward) that Reade began reaching out to the National Women's Law Center about Biden this past January, but was rebuffed.
51% : And it's not just that they're women and thus expected to stand for all feminism; many of these particular women have made protecting women and girls from sexual abuse a huge part of their public image and political performance.
50% : But now, as credible allegations against Biden surface, Milano has suddenly discovered that "the world is gray" and conversations about sexual assault should have more "nuance.
49% : Meanwhile, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams have said they don't believe Reade, while Hollywood's self-appointed #MeToo spokeswoman Alyssa Milano has suddenly discovered the virtues of due process.
48% : "It was the '90s," she told Halper, suggesting that no one would have cared or believed Reade back then.
46% : But for Milano (and some Democratic politicians and pundits), the assertion that "it's okay to look at evidence and come to your own conclusion" was very much missing when they weren't political allies or personal friends of the accused.
45% : "We just started talking about things
44% : The new stories are bringing more attention to interviews leftist podcaster and journalist Katie Halper did in March, talking to Reade, her brother, and a close friend of Reade's.
43% : This week gave people an additional reason to believe Reade's allegations about Biden: a former neighbor of Reade's, Lynda LaCasse, who told Business Insider that Reade had told her about the alleged assault back in 1995.
43% : "Back then people assumed girls just get over it," she said.
43% : Asked about Reade by The Daily Beast, prominent women's groups would not comment.
40% : "I don't have any insight on why women's groups have been largely silent on the accusations," writes Erin Gloria Ryan at the Beast today, "but if I had to guess, it's because what Biden is alleged to have done pales in comparison with things
37% : "I said let it go, move on, guys are idiots.
32% : Another contemporaneous account: "Lorraine Sanchez, who worked with Reade in the office of a California state senator in the mid-'90s, told Insider that she recalls Reade complaining at the time that her former boss in Washington, D.C., had sexually harassed her, and that she had been fired after raising concerns.
27% : After all but ignoring sexual assault allegations made against former Vice President Joe Biden, many famous figures in the #MeToo movement are now rushing to the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's defense or suddenly discovering the importance of nuance and restraint in discussing unproven allegations.
24% : Gillibrand told CNN, "When we say believe women, it's for this explicit intention of making sure there's space for all women to come forward to speak their truth, to be heard.
23% : "The job description for Joe Biden's running mate has suddenly become more complicated: the Democratic vice presidential nominee must now defend him against sexual assault accusations without looking hypocritical," noted Politico this week.
21% : " "Believing women was never about 'Believe all women no matter what they say,' it was about changing the culture of NOT believing women by default," Milano claims.
20% : Some typically enthusiastic supporters of sexual assault survivors are trying to sidestep hypocrisy allegations by declaring that Reade is simply not credible.
19% : For instance, MSNBC contributor Jill Wine-Banks tweeted: "I support #MeToo and instinctively believe accusers, but as a former prosecutor, I use critical thinking to evaluate allegations and test credibility.
19% : Reade's brother Collin Moulton said his mother had urged her to report the assault to police, but he had suggested she just move on.
15% : And the things people are citing in order to undermine Reade's credibility are the very things Democrats and progressives have waved away when it came to allegations against Republican politicians, "shitty media men," etc.
14% : Trump has been accused of, and that Reade is, at press time, the only person to make serious assault allegations against Biden."
13% : But wherever you stand on Reade's credibility, it's absurd to pretend there's significantly less reason to believe Reade than there was Christine Blasey-Ford or any other recent accusers of high-profile political men.
12% : As Politico's Marc Caputo notes, many of Biden's potential running mates "played lead roles in opposing the Senate confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018. ...
2% : Tara Reader's accusation against Biden fails the test of credibility.

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