Calls have increased for the presumptive Democratic party nominee for US President in the 2020 elections, Joe Biden, to address sexual allegations leveled against him by Tara Reade, who alleged the former senator sexually assaulted her in 1993 while she worked as a staffer for him.
The allegations have been receiving major news coverage on liberal and conservative news networks but mainstream media networks like CNN, ABC, MSNBC, NY Times and Washington post have barely covered the allegations leading to criticism from Bernie Sanders supporters who see this as an opportunity for their candidate.
Biden, meanwhile has refused to address the allegations directly, though his campaign released a statement saying “this never happened.”
Surprisingly on Wednesday midnight, the Washington post, a Democrat controlled media organization and fierce Trump critic, posted an article telling Biden, who could be the next US President if he beats Trump at the polls in November, to address the allegations credibly.
The Washington Post’s article comes after the alleged sexual assault victim, Tara Reade said she had lost all respect for CNN’s Anderson Cooper for refusing to ask Biden about the allegations despite interviewing on the network since the allegations surfaced.
The Washington Post, captioned their article; ”Biden himself should address the Tara Reade allegations and release relevant records”
The article reads;
”TARA READE deserves to be heard, and voters deserve to hear her. They deserve to hear from Joe Biden, too.
”The former vice president and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has yet to speak publicly about the allegation Ms. Reade has lodged against him: that when she was a member of his Senate staff in the 1990s, Mr. Biden pushed her against a wall and put his fingers up her skirt and then inside her. Mr. Biden’s campaign says “this never happened.” Contemporaneous accounts of Ms. Reade’s claim are counterweighted by the denials of her superiors at the time that she reported any misconduct, as well as inconsistencies in her retelling. ”
The paper, also noted that conclusions might never come out, but searching for the truth should be a priority, especially if people are to vote a man for President.
”There are, at the moment, no clear conclusions. There may never be. But that is no excuse for not searching. One place to start is the records covering Mr. Biden’s 36-year Senate career, donated to the University of Delaware in 2012 and slated for release to the public two years after Mr. Biden “retires from public life.” These could contain confirmation of any complaint Ms. Reade made, either through official congressional channels or to the three other employees she claims she informed not specifically of the alleged assault but more generally of harassment.”
”They could also contain nothing of the sort. Insisting on an inventory doesn’t mean one believes Ms. Reade or doesn’t believe her. It signals only a desire for the public to know all that’s able to be known, which ought to be in everyone’s interest.”
”There are 1,875 boxes and 415 gigabytes of electronic content, largely uncatalogued. Searching won’t be as easy as some might assume. But an inventory conducted with an eye toward releasing only relevant material could at least ascertain whether personnel records are part of this archive at all. Demands for the release of the entire trove invite a worthwhile debate about candidate disclosures, yet that’s not a battle that needs to be fought today. The narrower question is whether the public ought to have as much information as possible about an assault accusation against a presidential contender, and the answer is yes.
Another place to look is at the source: the candidate himself. Mr. Biden may have little to say besides what his campaign has already said — that he did not do this, and that this is not something he ever would do. Yet the way to signal he takes Ms. Reade’s case seriously, and the cases of women like her seriously, is to go before the media and the public ready to listen and to reply.”
The Post also referred to previous sexual assault allegations against Trump, saying Trump shouldn’t be let to set the standard when it comes to denying sexual assault allegations, rather ‘a better man should’.
”President Trump has been credibly accused of sexual assault, including rape, by dozens of women. He has responded by brushing the accusations off, once claiming repulsively, “She’s not my type.” The article reads.
”It may seem unfair to hold Mr. Trump’s likely rival in the 2020 race to a standard that Mr. Trump has failed to meet again and again. But Mr. Trump shouldn’t be allowed to set that standard. A better man could.”