Fact Check: Doesn’t #MeToo Apply to Biden?
(RightWing.org) – It’s been more than a month since accusations of sexual assault surfaced involving former Vice President Joe Biden. In the report, Tara Reade described, in graphic terms, how in the spring of 1993, then Sen. Biden (D-DE) allegedly cornered her in a hallway. On MSNBC Friday morning, Biden was resolute that he did not assault anyone.
The real problem for Biden is, in the fall of 2018, numerous high-profile Democrats unfairly unleashed a tirade of accusations at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. This was the start of the #MeToo movement. There was no presumption of innocence or due process for the well-respected and highly qualified Kavanaugh. The message was clear, always believe the victim, they are always right.
So why are Dems and almost everyone else silent now? Why the double standard?
On Friday morning, Joe Biden offered a defense of the allegation, saying Reade should be heard, but not believed based on the facts. That’s not what he said about Kavanaugh’s accusers. In fact, not one Democrat wanted the details in 2018, despite significant inconsistencies in the accuser’s story.
Like Biden, Kavanaugh defended himself and called the accusations a “false smear,” “crazy stuff,” and “all nonsense.” Looking at Senate Democrats during the hearing, he said their charges were partisan “revenge on behalf of the Clintons.”
Late Friday morning, #IbelieveBiden was trending number one on Twitter. Top Democrats have come out in support of Biden and endorsed him despite the severe claim. Let’s examine the double standard:
- In 2018, Hillary Clinton said that Blasey Ford deserved the benefit of the doubt. Clinton also said she found her credible and asked why anyone would put themselves through this if they didn’t have vital information to share?
Clinton endorsed Biden after the allegation. Her silence is noteworthy.
- In 201, then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said, “I believe her.” She further stated she opposed Kavanaugh’s nomination based not only on his judicial views but also on his alleged sexual assault of Blasey Ford.
Now the House Speaker, Pelosi said she’s satisfied with Biden’s response and supports him. Last Thursday, she said she has complete respect for the #MeToo movement, but found a renewed belief in due process.
- In 2018, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) said she “believed her,” referring to Ford. When a vote was scheduled to vote Kavanaugh out of committee, Harris left the room, didn’t vote, and tweeted the hearing was a sham and that “Dr. Ford and the American people deserved better.”
Harris has stated in recent days she respects women who make allegations of sexual misconduct. But she hasn’t wavered in her support of Biden.
- In 2018, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said, “I believe her” and called Blasey Ford a “hero” who was brave, compelling and credible. Warren is a prominent #MeToo advocate and has a history of railing against Republicans with similar or unfounded accusations.
After the accusation against Biden came out, Warren endorsed him and said she would even accept being his vice-presidential running mate.
- In 2018, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said women risked their lives coming forward and that Kavanaugh should resign from consideration.
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez have risked their lives to come forward and tell their stories. Republican Senators, their staff and the Trump administration must stop disparaging these brave women and treat them with respect.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) September 24, 2018
Sanders has been oddly quiet since the accusation against Biden surfaced.
- In 2018, Stacey Abrams (former GA governor candidate and potential VP pick) tweeted she believes women and survivors of violence always deserve to be supported and have their voices heard.
After the courageous and compelling testimony from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford yesterday, it is shameful that Kavanaugh's nomination is being rushed forward.
I believe women, and I believe survivors of violence always deserve to be supported and to have their voices heard. https://t.co/rtT1PQr4Zq
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) September 28, 2018
However, last week she said women deserved to be heard and “I believe Joe.”
The real story of the #MeToo movement is that it’s become a political, partisan tool to benefit Democrats when it’s convenient for them and be ignored when it isn’t. They decide who gets attacked and who doesn’t. What the movement should be is consistent, supportive, and helpful to all women who say they are victims of sexual assault or harassment. Anything less ruins its credibility.
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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