Much media bandwidth in recent weeks has been devoted to the mounting sexual misconduct allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), with a long list of high-profile Democrats stepping forth to demand his resignation.
In the wake of an interview in which the president himself called on Cuomo to step down if claims against him are proven true, Tara Reade, the former Senate staffer who accused Joe Biden of sexually assaulting her in the 1990s, blasted the mainstream press for ensuring that she was “publicly erased,” but predicted that a reckoning is coming, as Fox News reported.
Reade’s remarks came in response to comments made by President Biden to ABC’s George Stephanopoulous last week in which he opined that if claims against Cuomo by multiple female accusers are borne out by a currently ongoing investigation, not only should the governor resign, but that he will “probably end up being prosecuted, too.”
Biden added that “a woman should be presumed to be telling the truth and should not be scapegoated and become victimized by her coming forward,” a proposition that stands in start contrast to the the treatment Reade says she received after coming forward last year with details of her own assault experience.
Reade underscored the blatant hypocrisy exhibited by Biden as well as the complicity of the media in declining to question the president about the very similar claims made against him, not just by herself, but also by at least eight other women who complained back in 2019 of inappropriate contact from the then-presidential candidate, stating:
The alarming deflection and compliance of the media to allow Joe Biden to negate his own sexual misconduct is predictable but still shocking as a survivor to be so publicly erased.
The trauma I experienced by Biden was very real. The fact he is calling for another official’s investigation and possible criminal sanctions for similar charges is showing the height of arrogance about never being accountable for his own.
Reade’s allegations against Biden made headlines back in the spring of 2020, and though significant corroborating evidence was discovered by investigative reporters at The Intercept, she quickly became the target of a smear campaign in which powerful Democrats such as Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) – one of those currently demanding Cuomo’s resignation – said she she should not be believed.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said today that she does not believe Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegation against Joe Biden:
“I stand by Vice President Biden. He’s devoted his life to supporting women and he has vehemently denied this allegation,”https://t.co/jTh3xGbVvU
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 28, 2020
However, Reade also indicated her belief that the president will not evade accountability forever, and that “there will be a reckoning for Joe Biden one day for the sexual misconduct, the truth will prevail and he will not silence me.”
Reade’s optimism that justice will someday come for powerful Democrats accused of sexual misconduct is indeed admirable, but as long as political affiliation is allowed to remain a key factor in who is deemed credible and who is not, it may prove tragically misplaced.