A major liberal magazine just smeared Tara Reade, a former Joe Biden staffer who has accused him of sexual assault, as one of the “Top Ten Lunatics of 2020.”
After an outcry, the publication removed her from the list, but the damage has been done. Anyone who believes that Democrats really “believe all women,” is delusional.
Reade went public last year with her claim that Biden assaulted her when she served as a staffer in his Senate office in 1993. She had previously come forward with seven other women in April 2019, accusing the future Democratic nominee of inappropriate touching. Reade’s claims were largely ignored by the mainstream media and didn’t prevent Biden from winning the presidential election, but Mother Jones political blogger Kevin Drum didn’t forget about her.
“Tara Reade. Remember her? She insisted that Joe Biden had sexually molested her in some way, but in the end it turned out to be just a fantasy made up by a habitual con artist,” Drum wrote to describe the No. 7 person on his list.
Drum’s slander was rightly pilloried on Twitter:
Hey @MotherJones, how did @kdrum’s inclusion of Tara Reade on a list of lunatics make it past your editorial board? When did flagrant sexism and misogyny become part of your brand? It’s disgusting to see a news outlet disparage survivors like this. pic.twitter.com/vEFsXx9j3t
— We Believe Tara Reade (@TaraReadeTruth) January 1, 2021
It wasn't enough for the Democratic establishment to kill #MeToo by marginalizing Tara Reade, they have now doubled-down on misogyny and rape denial by publishing this dangerous drivel, using it as a weapon against women who have been victimized by men.
— Prof Zenkus (@anthonyzenkus) January 1, 2021
@MotherJones should be utterly and completely ashamed of themselves in the first place😡
I’m disgusted and that’s what I have to say about that.
— #RedBerets #MedicareForAllNOW🧶 (@RedBeretsM4All) January 4, 2021