Former Vice President Joe Biden accepted the Democratic party’s nomination for president on Thursday evening during their Democratic National Convention.
Tara Reade, the woman who has accused Biden of assault used the opportunity to speak up about the DNC’s line up of speakers, and her words weren’t flattering.
According to Reade, since coming forward with her allegations against the candidate, she has had what she described to Fox News as a “traumatizing” experience” and said that the DNC has been “complicate” in what she called “gaslighting” survivors of assault.
“I’ve communicated with other people who are watching this who had very visceral reactions to what’s happening and how sexual assault survivors. … We’re being gaslighted, right, collectively,” Reade told Fox.
Democratic supporters have made it clear that because of who Biden is running against, he has a lock on the affections of liberal Americans. One opinion editorial that was widely circulated said that Biden could be “boiling and eating babies” and Democrats would still vote for him because he’s “not Trump.”
Reade also pointed the finger at the party supporting Biden, saying the organization that supports him and other accused aggressors should take responsibility:
“They’re pretending that they’re the upholders of the ‘Me Too’ like a shield but meanwhile, some of their main Democratic elites, some of the main powerful people involved with the party are actually perpetrators themselves. And it’s this denial, collective denial and gaslighting of survivors, that’s been so concerning to me.”
“And frankly, I think the Democratic National Committee is complicit because they’re not just ignoring it. They’re participating in it … and enabling those perpetrators,” Reade said.
The DNC nominee’s accuser voiced a concern that many have felt as the election approaches: is Biden just another in a line of potential predators that the DNC will slap their stamp of approval on because it’s politically expedient to them?
Or worse, is the problem of sexual aggression something that DNC leadership is actually turning a blind eye to because they’re on board?
Despite claims to the contrary, the DNC has a long and sordid history of covering for its politicians and sweeping misconduct under the rug. High profile party leaders appear to be speaking out of both sides of their mouth; feigning disgust when those outside their party are accused but defending what those within their own ranks might be hiding.
The facts of the case (which have not been well investigated at this juncture) are inconclusive, at best. There is not enough widely available evidence to condemn Biden. But there is just as much, if not more than was held up before the Senate Judiciary Committee when Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was being accused.
At that time the mantra of “believe women” was the chant of the left. That chant appears to have fallen to a whisper if it can be heard at all, while Biden’s nomination is being signed, sealed and delivered.
While Fox News had yet to receive a comment from either Biden’s campaign or the DNC, Reade did not end her comments without bringing up the much more famous accused speaker at the DNC, and that’s former President Bill Clinton, who has been accused of multiple misconducts and assaults but spoke at DNC as an honored guest.
Reade called his hero’s welcome at the event “unconscionable” and a “slap in the face to survivors.”
“I’m a sexual assault survivor, so to me, what the speaker lineup showed is kind of like a thumb in all of our faces. It was … really disappointing,” Reade said. “Rape culture in the United States is thriving under the Democratic Party. I feel that they are not only enabling but they are allowing that behavior to continue just by virtue of who they lined up as speakers who have credible sexual assault and harassment allegations against them and I feel like there’s an abandonment of the voices that are trying to be heard that really wanted systemic change.”