Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Polk County Democrats Steak Fry, in Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Democrats are fond of saying we must “believe all women.”
That, of course, is a nonsensical take that belies the very humanity of a woman. Women can lie or tell false stories just like any man. Suggesting we should just believe all women regardless of circumstances and based purely on gender is insanity.
One who pushed this concept of “believe all women” was Joe Biden, as Reason observes.
“For a woman to come forward in the glaring lights of focus, nationally, you’ve got to start off with the presumption that at least the essence of what she’s talking about is real,” said Biden during the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who faced accusations that as a teenager he had assaulted a woman at a party.
As vice president, Biden played an important role in the Obama administration’s efforts to compel colleges and universities to take sexual violence more seriously—and to adopt policies that limited the due process rights and presumption of innocence for the accused. In recent years, his rhetoric on these issues has been in lockstep with #MeToo activists.
According to the National Review, Biden said:
What should happen is the woman should be given the benefit of the doubt and not be, you know, abused again by the system. I hope that they understand what courage it takes for someone to come forward and relive what they believe happened to them and let them state it, but treat her with respect.
Democrats said in the case of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, that the benefit of the doubt shouldn’t be with the accused, but with the accuser, that it was basically a “job interview.”
So if they are not hypocrites, where are they now calling for Biden to step down, now that he has been accused of sexual assault? Where are they even covering this story at all? There’s very little coverage of the allegation.
Biden is accused by Tara Reade, a former aide, of pushing her up against a wall and then penetrating her with his fingers in 1993, according to the Daily Caller.
“His hands were on me and underneath my clothes. And then, he went, he went down my skirt and then up inside it, and he penetrated me with his fingers … and um … He was kissing me at the same time and he was saying something to me,” she also told Halper.
“He got finished doing what he was doing and I, how I was pulled back and 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.’ It’s like he implied that I had done this.”
Now, the Biden team has weighed in with a statement, denying the allegations.
“Women have a right to tell their story, and reporters have an obligation to rigorously vet those claims. We encourage them to do so, because these accusations are false,” Kate Bedingfield, deputy campaign manager and communications director for the Biden campaign, said in a statement to Fox News.
Reade was one of the women who came forward last year alleging inappropriate touching by Biden. She did not publicly allege the details then that she is alleging now. She also has been a supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) who is running against Biden for the nomination. According to Katie Halper who interviewed Reade, Reade said she told her brother and a friend about it at the time and both of them confirmed that to Halper.