Joe Biden faces new allegations of sexual assault

Photo of Joe Biden by Gage Skidmore

Joe Biden has a well-known history of inappropriate behavior towards women and girls. You’ve likely at least seen the compilations of him sniffing baby hair or getting a bit too close to someone’s daughter. Now, Joe Biden faces a new, credible accusation of sexual assault from a woman who worked with him in the early 90s. Her name is Tara Reade.

If you’re someone who relies on corporate media for information about the 2020 presidential race, this is likely the first time you’re hearing this. I felt compelled to write this is due to the mainstream media’s deafening silence. This is a potentially disqualifying development and it’s wrong to hold this information from the American people. Let me walk you through exactly what’s gone down.

The Allegation

Tara Reade was working as a staff assistant for Joe Biden in 1993. While Tara had political aspirations and saw Biden as a champion for women’s rights, Biden saw her as an object to be used and then discarded. Journalist Katie Halper recently interviewed Tara about the incident. In Reade’s own words, here’s what happened:

And then we were alone, and it was the strangest thing. There was no exchange really. He just had me up against the wall. And I was wearing a skirt and, you know, business skirt, but I wasn’t wearing stockings. It was kind of a hot day that day and I was wearing heels. And I remember my legs had been hurting from the marble, you know of the Capitol, like walking. So I remember that kind of stuff. I remember I was wearing a blouse and he just had me up against the wall. And the wall was cold. It happened all at once. The gym bag, I don’t know where it went. I handed it to him, was gone. And then his hands were on me and underneath my clothes.

He went down my skirt, but then up inside it, and he penetrated me with his fingers. He was kissing me at the same time and he was saying something to me. He said several things, and I can’t remember everything. I remember a couple of things. I remember him saying first before, like, as he was doing it, ‘Do you want to go somewhere else?’ And then him saying to me when I pulled away, he got finished doing what he was doing, and I kind of was pulled back and he said, he said, ‘Come on, man. I heard you liked me.’ And that phrase stayed with me because I kept thinking, what I might have said, and I can’t remember exactly if he said ‘I thought ‘or if ‘I heard’ but it’s like he implied like that I had done this like, I don’t know.

While there were no eye-witnesses, Tara did tell her mother, her brother, and one of her friends after the incident occurred. Her mother has since passed away, but her friend and her brother have both confirmed with The Intercept that Tara had told them about the incident after it happened. Her friend actually urged her to not come forward, telling her she’s not likely to get the apology she wants.

When pressed during the interview with Katie Halper, Tara also revealed that Joe Biden pointed his finger at her and said “You are nothing to me.” The interview was posted on Soundcloud and immediately began making waves on social media, with hashtags like #IBelieveTaraReade trending. The story is shocking and, especially given Biden’s history of inappropriate behavior towards women, highly believable. Biden himself has stated that we should believe survivors of sexual assault, even if it took them long to report it. But not shockingly, the Biden campaign has remained silent on the matter.

The Attempts to Silence Tara Reade

Pieces of Tara’s story had been revealed in the past. Last April, Nevada politician Lucy Flores alleged that Biden inappropriately kissed her neck and sniffed her hair before she was about to speak at a rally in 2014. Biden denied the claims and stated that “not once” did he believe he acted inappropriately. When Tara Reade saw the way Flores was mistreated by the ABC Show “The View”, whose panelists mostly stood up for Biden, she knew enough was enough. She decided to come out and describe how Biden had acted similarly with her. However, at the time, she did not tell the full story. The details about Biden digitally raping her were omitted. Rather, she decided to only tell the piece of her story that matched with Flores, to ensure that the case against Biden was airtight. As soon as she told parts of her story to a local reporter, the smear campaign began.

In a now-deleted Medium post, Tara had made some positive comments about Russian President Vladimir Putin. These comments resurfaced and were being used to characterize Tara as some kind of Russian agent, as if it’s even remotely relevant to Tara’s allegations. One of the spinsters of this narrative was Richard Painter, a Univ. of MN law professor and former Obama administration official. Remember who Obama’s VP was?

As the 2020 election moved along, Tara decided she had to fight back against the online defamation and tell the full story. She reached out to the #MeToo movement’s “Time’s Up” organization, hoping they could help her. After all, it’s the #MeToo movement that had brought down powerful men like Harvey Weinstein.

Tara was in for a surprise when she was told by the Times Up organization that they could not assist her, as Biden is a candidate for federal office and getting involved in this case could threaten their nonprofit status. With this one move, they send a clear message: a powerful man can get away with rape if he’s running for federal office. The Times Up organization has revealed themselves as sell-outs to the democratic establishment.

The Media’s Deafening Silence

Since the Soundcloud interview was posted 2 days ago, there’s been little to no mention of the story in mainstream news outlets. The only place you can see the story buzzing is on social media sites, like Twitter. We’ve seen how the corporate media machine ignored Bernie and propelled Biden to frontrunner status, so we shouldn’t be shocked to see them now desperate to protect him. They won’t discuss his cognitive decline seriously and openly, just as they won’t discuss Tara’s story openly. For the full explanation on why the media seems to be working against the best interests of the American people, I’d recommend Chomsky’s Manufacturing Consent. Obviously, we are in a global pandemic right now that deserves all the media coverage it gets. But the fact that there are literally zero articles on Tara Reade anywhere on CNN or MSNBC is inexcusable, especially during an election.

Even Fox News hasn’t reported on it! You’d think they would use this as fuel to deal the final blow to Biden, but no. It seems that even Fox News is afraid of how much this news could shake up the race- and they’d much prefer Trump facing Biden so he can be easily dismantled in the general election. The only corporate news outlet that’s reported on Tara’s story is Yahoo News. However, as I’m sitting here writing this article, I’ve just noticed that they moved the story to the “sports” section in a blatant attempt to hide the it from their audience. Not only that, but the original link to the article that’s been floating around is no longer valid.

The corporate media and Biden’s supporters can ignore this all they want, but guess who’s definitely not going to be ignoring it? Yup, you can guarantee Trump will feed this into his vast right-wing information apparatus to deal a massive blow to Biden in the general election. Now that the full story is out there, it’s up for us to decide if we really think this guy our best chance to beat Trump. When you have #TimesUpBiden, #UnEndorseBiden, and #IBelieveTaraReade trending multiple times on Twitter over the past 3 days, it’s clear that a large swathe of the public knows what’s going on, no matter how hard the media tries to ignore it. Ignoring a potentially disqualifying story like this will only further engender the public’s distrust in their motives as well as increased opposition to Joe Biden.

Now had Bernie Sanders been accused of rape, there would be nearly round-the-clock coverage even during this pandemic. But Bernie’s supporters, like myself, would have disavowed him and held him accountable. What we’re seeing with Biden’s supporters, on the other hand, is the same right-wing tactics that have used to smear survivors of sexual assault in the past. Biden supporters by the thousands have been viciously attacking Tara Reade, calling her an “extremist,” a “Russian spy,” and other nastier things, while automatically siding with Biden. I never want to hear another comparison between Bernie bros and MAGA folks when it’s clear as day that neoliberals have become the real #BlueMAGA. Now they want you to choose between the lesser of two evil rapists. If only there was a candidate still in the race who’s never been accused of sexual assault.

“When the poor shall have nothing more to eat, they will eat the rich.” -Rousseau

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