Joe Biden’s most prominent and credible sexual assault accusers is criticizing Hillary Clinton after the former First Lady and Secretary of State announced her endorsement for the presumed Democratic nominee for president.
Tara Reade, a self-described “lifelong Democrat” and former Biden staffer who claimed the then-senator sexually assaulted her in the early 1990s, slammed Clinton for endorsing her alleged abuser and “enabling a sexual predator.”
After Sen. Bernie Sanders became the 24th Democratic presidential candidate to drop out, however, Biden became the only candidate left in the race, making him the presumptive opponent to Donald Trump in the general.
“I am thrilled to be part of your campaign—to not only endorse you but to help highlight a lot of the issues that are at stake,” said Clinton on Tuesday.
Clinton made her endorsement official in a virtual town hall held by the Biden campaign to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on women, at which Biden introduced her as “the woman who should be president of the United States right now.”
Clinton’s endorsement of Biden comes just as the most recent accusation of sexual assault against him reaches its crescendo.
“I voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. I voted for her in the primary. I’m a lifelong Democrat. But yet, what I see now is someone enabling a sexual predator and it was my former boss, Joe Biden, who raped me,” Reade told Fox News on Tuesday. “Hillary Clinton has a history of enabling powerful men to cover up their sexual predatory behaviors and their inappropriate sexual misconduct. We don’t need that for this country. We don’t need that for our new generation coming up that wants institutional rape culture to change.”
“I will not be smeared, dismissed, or ignored,” Reade added. “I stand in truth and I will keep speaking out.”
In fact, Reade has been largely dismissed and ignored by the Democratic establishment. Though Biden himself has not spoken a single public word on the matter, his campaign simply stated: “What is clear about this claim: it is untrue. This absolutely did not happen.”
An unearthed “Larry King Live” clip from 1993 featuring Reade’s mother alluding to problems that her daughter faced while she worked for Biden, however, has heaped credibility onto Reade’s accusation.
Nonetheless, Clinton follows former President Barack Obama, as well as failed candidates Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Sanders in endorsing Biden after he became the final candidate earlier this month. Biden has also gained the late-coming endorsements of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, former Vice President Al Gore, and Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington.
Although she seems to have waited until the last minute to endorse Biden, Clinton’s feelings toward others in the 2020 Democratic pool had been less than rosy.
President Trump’s campaign also had a few choice words regarding the endorsement.
“There is no greater concentration of Democrat establishment than Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton together,” Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale tweeted on Tuesday. “President Trump beat her once and now he’ll beat her chosen candidate.”
There’s no greater concentration of Democrat establishment than @JoeBiden & @HillaryClinton together. Both carry baggage of decades in the DC swamp & both schemed to keep the Dem nomination from Bernie Sanders. @realDonaldTrump beat her once & now he’ll beat her chosen candidate.
— Brad Parscale – Download our Trump 2020 App today! (@parscale) April 28, 2020
It’s worth noting the irony that both Biden and Clinton have lent their voices to the #MeToo movement, declaring that we must “speak out against sexual assault” and that all survivors must be “heard, believed, and supported.”
It takes courage to speak out against sexual assault, or to step in to stop it from happening.
If you know someone who has stepped up to the front lines of this fight, I want to hear about it.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) February 28, 2018
Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported. https://t.co/mkD69RHeBL
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 23, 2015
Clinton’s utter refusal to hear, believe, or support accusations of sexual assault against Biden—or her own husband, former President Bill Clinton—effectively renders her words on the matter meaningless and hollow.
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