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Joe Biden has come out today and denied sexual assault allegations levelled against him by former aide Tara Reade. The former Vice President and presumptive Presidential nominee is being accused by his former aide for his actions twenty seven years ago.
The statement comes after many weeks of silence on the matter. Tara Reade came forward with allegations of sexual assault against Joe Biden along with seven other women in April 2019. According to the Intercept, Reade went silent after levelling the allegations more than a year back due to vitriolic abuse she received at the time.
The story gathered steam in March of 2020 when Reade again came forward with her allegations. Democrats have been defending Biden until now, saying the allegations lack bias. The New York Times also ran a story questioning the basis of these allegations against the former vice president.
Joe Biden’s Statement
In the statement published on Medium, Joe Biden recalls the Violence Against Women Act he wrote back in 1994, proceeding then to address the allegations against him.
Here is a snapshot from Biden’s statement –
These allegations have become increasingly relevant after they’ve been given a lot of attention by new media organizations. Chris Hayes from MSNBSC recently covered the Tara Reade story and got trolled on Twitter for doing the same. Needless to say, this story could take on a very partisan nature by the time the conventions come along.
Joe Biden’s Problems
This story is not the only thorn on the candidacy of Joe Biden for president. There are other problems Joe Biden will have to deal with during this election cycle.
During the debates, Senator Kamala Harris took him to school for his record on working with segregationists.
His debate performances during the primary cycle where far from convincing, something which is already troubling many Democrats. After all, Biden will have to stand with Trump during the September and October presidential debates.
Even when the primaries began, underwhelming performances in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada set him back. It was only after a stunning victory in South Carolina and a big sweep a couple of days later on Super Tuesday that has bid for the nomination gathered momentum.
It is nevertheless interesting that Joe Biden has wrapped up the race as quickly as he has, considering some of the faultlines in his candidacy. Democratic leadership has been quick to serenade Joe Biden as well, endorsements from former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton being proof of the same.
Future of These Allegations
Does Biden coming out and denying these allegations make the story go away?
It certainly helps the former vice president gather some neutral press. In truth, the story won’t go away as President Trump and the Republicans are yet to vet him on these charges. Many Republicans still remember the intense scrutiny Brett Kavanaugh had to go through in 2018 for his Supreme Court confirmation. They won’t allow Joe Biden to go through the election cycle without going through the same scrutiny.