“Believe the woman!” was the mantra of the liberal-left during the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings.
As practically everyone in this country over the age of 6 knows, Christine Blasey Ford accused the federal judge of sexually assaulting her in 1982, give or take a year or two.
Despite the lack of any semblance of corroborating evidence, every Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee took her word as gospel. They chose to ignore “innocent until proven guilty”—the very fulcrum of our jurisprudence—and automatically believed the woman.
Among those who swore, on this and many other occasions, his allegiance to this reactionary “feminist” mantra was one Joe Biden.
Now, to quote another mantra from yet another well-known (though somewhat less patriotic) figure, “The chickens have come to roost.”
Biden has been accused of, if anything, a considerably more brazen sexual assault than Kavanaugh and one of significantly more recent vintage—1993, when the frequent presidential candidate was a senator, and not a high school student as the justice was.
That’s when then-staffer Tara Reade says the senator assaulted her in a less-traveled location in either the Russell office building or the Capitol itself.
I’m not going to get into the lurid details of what she alleges happened—you can read about them elsewhere—except that the famously handsy senator allegedly went a bit further than that, lifting a skirt and going where he didn’t belong.
Reade was and is vastly more specific, and therefore more believable, than Ford, although I admit that’s just my view and lacks corroborating evidence. It’s been clear for a while that these days, and probably always, we believe what we wish. I am no exception. (I am inherently suspicious of those who publicly proclaim themselves ardent “feminists.” Among them, one will find feminism is a form of virtue signaling, or what we used to call, simply, hypocrisy.)
Biden’s campaign has denied Reade’s allegations.
What interests me here, however, is the practically total silence of the media about this scandal that could sink a candidacy.
Who can doubt that if this were about Trump, the accusation would have been around the world and back in 15 minutes, probably less? And not just in red at the top of the click-hungry Drudge Report, but on CBS, NBC, The New York Times, and so forth.
This is true, although Reade initially made her current accusation on The Katie Halper Show on March 25. Actually, she had previously attempted to tell part of the story almost a year ago to a nonprofit affiliated with the #metoo movement. At first helpful, the nonprofit backed off because of an accusation that Reade was—wait for it—a Russian agent. Where’d that come from, I wonder?
She had also recounted the event contemporaneously to family and friends, who corroborate the story today.
In fairness to those who question Reade, they point out that in the current presidential election cycle, she had been an Elizabeth Warren supporter and now backs Bernie Sanders. But is that enough to take such a sledgehammer to her former boss? And why, if she is telling the truth, would she ever have even considered supporting him?
Whatever the case, her story merits reporting.
Several outlets have already done so, including The Intercept and Reason, but not our friends in the mainstream media. Unlike during the Kavanaugh hearings, they await substantiating evidence or, more likely, they await it all blowing over so they don’t have to write or say anything.
Let’s not let it. This is no mild accusation. What Reade alleges Biden did doesn’t just disqualify you for the presidency. Nowadays, despite having occurred in 1993, it puts you in jail. As the Law & Crime blog reminds us:
“As of May 3, 2019, the District of Columbia eliminated the statute of limitations on all sex crimes. Before that date, the statute of limitations was 15 years for sexual abuse (which is the District of Columbia’s term for rape) in the first and second degrees and 10 years for sexual abuse in the third degree.”
Roger L. Simon is The Epoch Times’ senior political columnist. He is also an award-winning novelist and an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter. His most recent book is “The GOAT.”
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