In March, writer and former Senate staffer Tara Reade came forward with serious sexual assault allegations against Joe Bide.
Reade stated that when she worked for Biden in 1993, he pushed his hands up her clothes and forced his fingers inside of her. The former Senate staffer also stated that when she attempted to report the alleged incident, she faced professional penalties and dismissals.
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Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign has denied Reade’s account. Up until this morning, Biden himself remained silent about Reade’s allegations. However, that changed when the presumptive Democrat nominee appeared on MSNBC and stated that he “never, never” sexually assaulted Tara Reade, reports Breitbart News.
Everything to Know About Biden’s Denial
The former vice president’s decision to directly address Reade’s claims comes after calls for him to do so. Tara Reade herself along with Washington Post, Planned Parenthood, and others have called for Biden to straightly respond to his former Senate staffer’s allegations.
MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski asked Joe Biden whether he was "absolute positive that there was no record of any complaint by Tara Reade."
Biden responded by giving one of the most lawyerly worded response in recent memory. pic.twitter.com/eQDLw8EuZr
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When asked whether or not he forced himself on Reade, Biden professed “unequivocally it never, never happened and it didn’t.” The former vice president then stated that he doesn’t remember Reade making any claims against him because “it was 27 years old.” Shortly thereafter, Biden affirmed his willingness to publicize any complaints that have been filed against him.
Reactions from the American People
Biden’s denial of Reade’s allegations against him is trending on social media at this time. Americans are weighing in with their thoughts and whether or not they believe the presumptive Democrat nominee.
Joe Biden, asked on @Morning_Joe if he sexually assaulted Tara Reade:
“No, it is not true. I’m saying unequivocally it never, never happened. And it didn’t. It never happened.” pic.twitter.com/nXIAdGloG5
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) May 1, 2020
Some Americans have stated that Biden’s denial is enough for them to believe him. Others, however, maintain that a more thorough investigation into Reade’s claims is in order. Another frequent take is that Biden would be treated much differently by the media if he were accused of rape as a Republican, rather than a Democrat.
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