AOC Wants to Have a Conversation About the Sexual Assault Allegation Made Against Biden

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Posted: Apr 14, 2020 10:45 PM
AOC Wants to Have a Conversation About the Sexual Assault Allegation Made Against Biden

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Democrats and the Democratic media complex have done everything in their power to bury a sexual assault allegation made against former Vice President Joe Biden. Former Senate staffer Tara Reade said Biden sexually assaulted her almost 30 years ago when he represented Delaware in the United States Senate.

Reade worked for Biden's office from December 1992 to August 1993 as a staff assistant. According to Reuters, Reade claims "Biden pinned her against a wall in 1993 and reached under her shirt and her skirt."

The allegation resurfaced last week when Reade filed a police report about the alleged sexual assault. Despite that, Biden's campaign has continually denied the allegation, saying it's completely false.

“He firmly believes that women have a right to be heard – and heard respectfully,” campaign spokeswoman Kate Bedingfield told Reuters. “Such claims should also be diligently reviewed by an independent press. What is clear about this claim: It is untrue. This absolutely did not happen.”

Progressive darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) – a former surrogate for Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) – said Reade's allegations should be seriously looked at and considered.

The revelation came about when AOC joined an online conversation with The Wing, a networking and community space for women. A participant said she opposes President Donald Trump being reelected but also takes issue with the allegations brought against Biden, CBS News reported.

"What you're voicing is so legitimate and real. That's why I find this kind of silencing of all dissent to be a form of gaslighting," AOC replied. "I think it's legitimate to talk about these things. And if we want, if we again want to have integrity, you can't say, you know — both believe women, support all of this, until it inconveniences you, until it inconveniences us. A lot of us are survivors, and it's really, really hard and uncomfortable." 

According to the freshman congresswoman, beating Trump shouldn't prioritize talking about sensitive issues, especially in light of the #MeToo movement. 

"I think a lot of us are just in this moment where it's like, how did we get here? You know, it almost felt like we started this cycle where we had kind of moved on from, you know, from all of this. And now it feels like we're kind of back in it," Ocasio-Cortez said. "And, you know, the most diverse field that we've ever seen — that we're kind of back kind of replaying old movies in a way." 

Reade first spoke out about the alleged sexual assault last April, along with a handful of other women who made allegations against Biden. She originally said the former vice president touched her inappropriately but did not specifically say what took place was a sexual assault, The Hill reported.

AOC has repeatedly said she would support whoever the Democratic nominee is but she has yet to endorse Biden. 

Although she has said she would support the presumptive nominee, she believes that her job as a progressive is to hold everyone accountable.

"My job is to push and push back against everyone. To push back against Republican Party and the Democratic Party," Ocasio-Cortez said. "That makes people uncomfortable, but we're just not where we need to be right now."

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