If the Democrats are trying to run a ticket for the presidential election that can convey moral consistency and dedication to the issues, they have a very odd choice of candidates.
This week, former Vice President and presumed Democratic Party presidential nominee, Joe Biden, finally picked his running mate for November’s race from the list of women he’d been mulling over for months.
To the surprise of many, he went with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who, among many other ideological inconsistencies she has displayed, both smeared Biden as racist and said she believed the women who accused the candidate of sexual assault when she ran against him in last year’s primaries.
Now, Tara Reade, the woman who has accused Biden of sexually assaulting her when she was a staffer in his Senate office in the 90s, is calling on the media to challenge Harris on the accusations levied against the man who just chose her to be his Vice President.
So far, it’s been “radio silence” as the media offers glowing, rather than critical, coverage of Harris, Reade told NewsBusters‘ Scott Whitlock in an interview this week.
“Journalists should be asking [Harris] pointedly why there was a smear campaign on me and why Kamala was so aggressive and assertive with [then-Supreme Court nominee Brett] Kavanaugh and here she knows there is a credible sexual assault accusation against Senator Biden,” Reade said.
“I believe them and I respect them being able to tell their story and having the courage to do it,” Harris said in April of 2019, when she was running against Biden for the Democratic Party nomination.
The difference between how the Democrats and the media treated Reade compared to how they treated Kavanaugh’s accusers was so hypocritical, it was palpable. Reade was dismissed and smeared, as every vulnerability to her story was exploited.
“You can’t ignore it,” Reade continued. “This tactic of smear and ignore is not going to be effective with me. I will not be intimidated. I will not be silenced. … No one is paying me. It has literally cost me everything.”
To Reade, it doesn’t matter who is supporting Biden or how powerful they are. What matters is right and wrong.
“I don’t care if oligarchies or celebrities are supporting him,” Reade asserted. “What is more important to me is sexual assault survivors are allowed to come forward and have their stories told. By coming out, I lost a lot. But I don’t regret it.”
Reade also addressed the fact that another beneficiary of the party’s glaring double-standards when it comes to sexual assault allegations, Bill Clinton, will be speaking at the Democratic National Convention next week. She says this is simply “unconscionable.”
“It’s unconscionable,” Reade said. “Remember, I’m a lifelong Democrat. I voted for him and believed in him. It is unconscionable that he is being allowed to speak, and it speaks volumes about the Democratic National Committee… The only way we can stop human trafficking and sexual violence is to call it out and shine a light on it and not allow these people to continue in power.”
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