Tara Reade, who has accused President Joe Biden of previously sexually assaulting her, gave her thoughts on the inauguration, calling the Wednesday ceremony “unspeakably hard to watch.”
“Coming forward about being sexually harassed and assaulted in 1993 when I was Joe Biden’s staffer was excruciating on so many levels,” Reade told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “Biden used his power and resources with certain media to erase me and silence me.”
“I stand in solidarity with all survivors coming up against such power,” Reade continued. “I will not be silenced. Instead of talking about saving the country’s soul he should be held accountable for his actions. The hard part is I believe in many policies that will move forward as I am a progressive Independent but it is unspeakably hard to watch the man who assaulted me go to the most powerful position in the land.”
Earlier last year, Reade accused Biden of sexually assaulting her while she worked for his Senate office in 1993. While claiming to believe women when they claim to be survivors of assault, Biden repeatedly denied Reade’s allegations.
For much of Biden’s 2020 campaign, Reade had been pleading to be heard by various top Democrats, including Biden’s vice presidential pick, Kamala Harris.
“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 back in August.
“I believe them and I respect them being able to tell their story and having the courage to do it,” Harris said of several women who had accused Biden of inappropriate contact in April of 2019, when she was running against Biden for the Democratic Party nomination.
“I don’t care if oligarchies or celebrities are supporting him,” Reade declared in August. “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.”
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