This post is the first of three. It lays out the essence of the allegations and links to a more detailed report.
As the information was discovered by investigative journalists, I found myself thinking that the evidence was rather thin. And, in the age of #MeToo, I found myself feeling a bit guilty about harboring such doubts. The second post in this series provides reasons for such skepticism. The third post makes the case for taking Reade’s charge seriously but voting for Biden regardless. Read all three, please, and draw your own conclusion. Just make sure that whatever conclusion you reach, it comports with the available evidence.
Chris Hayes addressed Tara Reade’s allegations of sexual assault against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on the Wednesday broadcast of his show.
CHRIS HAYES, MSNBC: Throughout the entire #MeToo era there have been moments I think for many of us, all of us, when we have heard about accusations against someone, that we find ourselves desperately wanting not to believe. But because we have some personal admiration for the individual or their work, or political admiration, someone on our “side.” A part of the difficult lesson of the #MeToo era is not that every accusation is true and everything should be believed on its face but that you do have to fight yourself when you feel that impulse. You have to do that in order to take seriously what is being alleged and what the evidence is, and to evaluate it. And that is the case with the accusations by a woman named Tara Reade against Joe Biden.
Reade briefly worked as a Senate aide in Biden’s office in the early 90s. Last year she told a California newspaper that in 1993 Joe Biden “touched” her several times making her feel uncomfortable. At that time, Reade was one of several women who came forward around that moment with accusations against the former vice president of inappropriate sort of over-physicalness, touching, kissing or hugging that they say made them feel uncomfortable. Then last month she made a much more serious allegation telling first a podcast and then later ‘The New York Times’ that in 1993, Joe Biden pinned her to a wall in the Senate building, reached under the clothing and penetrated her with his fingers. Reade told the ‘Times’ that she filed a complaint with the Senate that same year about what happened with Biden.
More details of the allegation is in this NPR report, for example: New Information Emerges Around Biden Sexual Assault Allegation.