Pelosi Snaps at Reporter Who Points Out Her Double Standard on Biden Allegations

Posted: Apr 30, 2020 10:20 AM
Pelosi Snaps at Reporter Who Points Out Her Double Standard on Biden Allegations

Source: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was asked about the allegations of sexual assault against presumed Democratic nominee Joe Biden, brought to the public by former aide to then-Senator Biden, Tara Reade. Reade’s claims are gaining national attention, and the evidence and corroboration present represent a damning case against the former vice president. Still, Speaker Pelosi stands by Biden:

Speaker Pelosi dismissed criticism of the double standard:

Speaker Pelosi gets one crucial detail wrong in her defense of Biden: the former vice president has not addressed Reade’s claims. Biden’s campaign has gone on the offensive and vehemently denied Reade’s allegations, and has even distributed instructive talking points to surrogates for questions about the situation, but Biden himself has not said a word about Reade’s claims. 

Biden’s advisors have kept him hidden — quite literally — from having to confront these allegations directly; the campaign claims that high-profile news organizations investigated Reade’s claims and that Biden was exonerated from their findings, but The New York Times and Washington Post disagree:

Keeping with the trend of other female Democrats, Speaker Pelosi’s solidarity with Biden and dismissal of Reade’s claims is diametrically opposed to her stance on Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s claims against Brett Kavanaugh, which were far less substantial and completely uncorroborated:

Speaker Pelosi also fails to mention that any and all documents related to Biden’s 36 years in the Senate, when the alleged assault is said to have occurred, are under lock and key at the University of Delaware; Biden donated the records to his alma mater in 2011, and they are set to be released 2 years after he leaves “public life.” 

If Speaker Pelosi, among other Democrats, believes that the former vice president is innocent of Reade’s claims, why not encourage Biden to unseal the records? If there is nothing damning, whether to support Reade’s claims or otherwise, within the records, then there is no downside to releasing the documents to the public. 

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