As I wrote this morning, there is a rather large amount of hypocrisy on display by Joe Biden’s female vice presidential hopefuls on the issue of former Biden Senate staffer Tara Reade’s allegations that he sexually assaulted her in Washington, D.C. back in 1993.
In particular, Sen. Kamala Harris’s definitive declarations in 2018 about the alleged believability of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegations against then-SCOTUS nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh makes her particularly vulnerable now to accusations that she’s treating Reade’s claims differently than Ford’s out of nothing more than raw political ambition.
As it turns out, Harris’s credibility issues on the #BelieveAllWomen question are more pronounced than many of us first thought. Why? Because a year ago when numerous allegations of inappropriate touching and sniffing were being made against Joe Biden by a number of Democratic women on the record, Harris stated … she believed them:
Kamala Harris: "I believe" Biden accusers https://t.co/E7zGm7DMma pic.twitter.com/yv5Ro7Q900
— The Hill (@thehill) April 3, 2019
Here’s what she said:
“I believe them and I respect them being able to tell their story and having the courage to do it,” Harris said at a presidential campaign event in Nevada.
The California senator added that Biden will need to decide for himself whether to run for president.
“He’s going to have to make that decision for himself. I wouldn’t tell him what to do,” Harris said.
Here’s video of Harris stating at the time that she believed Biden’s accusers:
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who is now being considered as a VP pick for Joe Biden, said the following about Biden’s accusers last April: “I believe them and I respect them being able to tell their story and having the courage to do it”
Does she believe Tara Reade? pic.twitter.com/A1Asfx5kqB
— Kingsley Cortes (@KingsleyCortes) April 27, 2020
Harris made the declaration three weeks before Biden declared his presidential candidacy. My guess is that it was more of a calculated move to put pressure on Biden not to enter the race, considering he was polling well above any other of the declared contenders, including Harris.
Whatever the reason may be, she now faces perhaps an even bigger credibility crisis than the rest of the vice presidential hopefuls on the MeToo/BelieveAllWomen issue.
Will the mainstream media see fit to question her on whether or not she would feel comfortable serving as the vice presidential running mate of a man who she believes has inappropriately touched and sniffed unwilling women? Don’t count on it.
They can barely find the time to cover Reade’s allegations – period – so the odds of them asking Harris about this issue are slim to none.
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