Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has expressed her staunch support of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in spite of credible allegations of sexual assault, claiming that not every such allegation is “equal.”
In a Sunday appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” host Jake Tapper juxtaposed Whitmer’s disbelief toward Tara Reade, the former staffer accusing Biden of sexually assaulting her in the ’90s, with her support of Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford and her accusation against conservative Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
“You said you believe Vice President Biden,” Tapper began. “I want to compare that to 2018 when you said you believed Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford after she accused now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh of assault.”
“Kavanaugh also, like Biden, categorically denied that accusation and Blasey-Ford, to be honest, she did not have the contemporaneous accounts of her view of what happened that Tara Reade does,” Tapper continued. “You have spoken movingly about how you’re a survivor of assault yourself. Why do you believe Biden and not Kavanaugh? Are they not both entitled to the same presumption of innocence regardless of their political views”
“As a survivor, and as a feminist, I’ll say this,” Whitmer responded. “We need to give people an opportunity to tell their story. Then we have a duty to vet it. And just because you’re a survivor doesn’t mean that every claim is equal. It means we give them the ability to make their case and the other side as well. And then to make a judgment that is informed.”
Gov. Whitmer is asked why she believes Joe Biden’s denial of Tara Reade’s allegation but didn’t believe Brett Kavanaugh:
“Just because you are a survivor, does not mean every claim is equal… I’m very comfortable that Joe Biden is who he says he is.”
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 3, 2020
“I have read a lot about this current allegation,” the Democratic governor continued. “I know Joe Biden, and I’ve watched his defense. There’s not a pattern that goes into this. And I think for these reasons, I’m very comfortable that Joe Biden is who he says he is. And you know what, that’s all I’m going to say about it.”
Whitmer went on to say that she “really [resents] the fact that every time a case comes up, all of us survivors have to weigh in. It is reopening wounds, and it is— you know, take us at our word, ask us for our opinion, and let’s move on.”
Although Witmer claimed that Biden had not demonstrated a “pattern” of abuse, several critics on Twitter begged to differ.
@GovWhitmer “There’s not a pattern that goes into this”. Tell that to all the children in this video – there is a reason his nickname is #CreepyUncleJoe – we all knew men like him growing up. https://t.co/ElnqKH2Duk
— Susan Jones (@JonesSmj8) May 3, 2020
Although Biden has wholeheartedly denied Reade’s claim that he forced her up against a wall and penetrated her with his fingers back in 1993, Reade is armed with individuals who corroborate the details of her story and unequivocally declare that “this happened.”
Biden has also refused to authorize the release of Senate documents stored at the University of Delaware, where some speculate that a record of Reade’s complaint may be stored.
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