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Tough Questions for Joe Biden

BidenSo, let’s get this straight: A total of eight women have now accused presumptive Democratic candidate Joe Biden of “inappropriate touching” during his career. One has accused him of extended touching during her employment, concluding in an egregious sexual assault. Still, half a dozen possible female running mates and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi endorse him. So, where are the tough questions?

Faced with a detailed allegation of sexual assault, Mr. Biden remained silent for five weeks.  His campaign championed his record for women. Extraordinarily – likely a precondition to interviews – Mr. Biden was not asked about the assault in 10 interviews, until May 1.

On May 1, confronted with the allegation by Tara Reade, a Biden staff assistant between December 1992 and August 1993, Biden said:  “No, it’s not true… never, never happened.”

He added three non-answers. First, he said women “deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and when they step forward they should be heard,” but added stories “should be subject to appropriate inquiry and scrutiny.” Well, there’s a start.

Second, knowing the staffer has no copy of her complaint, Biden challenged someone to find a complaint. He professed no memory of any complaint against him, as “it was 27 years ago.” Notably, he did not deny knowing Reade, failed to say what “it” was, and offered no details.

Biden’s Senate records are held at the University of Delaware, which has said they will not be released. Biden said they “do not contain personnel files.” He would know, as he donated them. He could easily have neglected to include the complaint. It would be an admission against interest, and rather damning.  Biden might have concluded removal presented less risk than inclusion.  In any event, those records are – by decision of the University – sealed.

Biden deflected to the National Archives. Similarly, the Archives receives material presented by a retiring Senator or the Senate. Conveniently, the personnel office that would have taken Reade’s complaint no longer exists – nor apparently do any of its records.

Perhaps knowing this ahead of time, Biden offered: “If there was ever any such complaint, the record will be there.” Maybe not. Over the past five weeks, Biden’s team had time to explore.

This is all quite convenient, making Biden’s latest statements rather suspect. Said Biden: “I am prepared to do that… To the best of my knowledge there have been no complaints against me in terms of my Senate career, in terms of my office.” Yes, well maybe and maybe not.

Oddest of all, despite the specificity of Reade’s claim – sexual assault with criminal and civil implications, if true – Biden has not been asked the tough questions. He might have answers, but he has yet to be put on the spot. Why not?

Strikingly, reporters have not subjected Biden to lines of questioning he pressed on Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas and his Democrat colleagues pressed on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Why not?

To be specific, Mr. Biden should be asked – and might have been under oath if the statute of limitations had not run – some obvious questions. Examples:  Mr. Biden, the allegation includes extended touching of a young woman in your office during 1993. Do you recall this woman? Did you ever speak with her, about what? Why did you wait five weeks to respond to the allegation?

Did you ever touch her? If so, why, and how? Did she ever indicate not wanting to be touched? Were you ever alone with her? Did you ever pin her against a wall, and do what she alleges you did to her? Why do you think she suddenly left your office nine months after starting?

You indicate not remembering any complaint by her. Do you recall any female employees complaining about your behavior? Did anyone in Senate Personnel ever speak with you?

Do you recall that the same year this sexual assault is alleged to have occurred, you suddenly introduced the Violence Against Women Act?  You were in Congress 20 years before that – what motivated you to introduce that bill that year?  Why did you not speak on it before 1993?

When you introduced that bill, do you recall favorable reactions? Having recalled those reactions from 27 years ago – do you now recall this woman from that same time?

If a man is credibly accused of sexual assault by a woman, supported by attestations of others from the time, should her account be treated as presumptively true or untrue? If untrue, why? If true, in the context of seven other allegations against you, how do you disprove this allegation?

Stepping back from all this, Biden may not be able to prove his innocence and his latest accuser may not be able to prove the sexual assault. On the other hand, how a candidate reacts to a specific, time-fenced and serious allegation – in front of reporters, colleagues, and the American public – can be valuable.

That is why this issue is not going away, regardless of endorsements of Biden by possible female running mates and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who says she is not to be “lectured.” A presumptive nominee owes candor. The public can then decide. For that to happen, tough questions must be asked. So far, they have not been.

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3 months ago

The liberal media runs the most unattractive picture they can find of her each time they cover this. I have seen pictures of her taken at the time the incidents are said to have happened and she was very attractive. The liberal media only runs pictures designed to make her look crazy. The leaders of the #metoo movement are totally silent. They are all GIANT LIARS AND HYPOCRITES ‼️

3 months ago

Whether or not Biden is guilty of this particular set of accusations. Everyone should be aware that he has demonstrated, repeatedly, in public, his pension for, to say the least, awkward, unwanted touching (I would call it ‘Handling’) of females. Some very young. Logic would dictate that Mr. Biden would be much more careful of his actions in public than he would in private. He appears to see them as objects rather than persons. Another, very obvious, outcome from all of this is the highlighting of the left’s egregious and unwavering hypocrisy. Though it should surprise no one. Nor will… Read more »

3 months ago

Gropey Joe lives the hypocritical double standard favored by Democrats. If it concerns a conservative, throw the book at them and destroy their reputations and character, true or not. If one of the Democrats own does it cover it up. Ignore it. It doesn’t exist. It’s a lie. It’s hard to believe, people are actually extolling this gropey, incompetent, hypocrite.

3 months ago

Joey Da Groper does a good job unmasking the true Democrat Party … bigoted, prejudiced, intolerant, chauvinistic, and hateful. A smiling Democrat is an indication that someone is in misery.

3 months ago

Same crap. Different day. You will never get a straight answer. The Democrats and lame stream media are partners in deception. Remember them in November. Enough said

Dean Oden
3 months ago

It is just another clear sign of the Left’s hypocrisy. They are willing to overlook anything to get a Democrat into the White House.

3 months ago

Scary man. He can’t recall anything? How will he handle tough questions or anything else if he were to become president? Scary.

R.J. from Arizona
3 months ago

C’mon, he’s a democrat! Nothing is going to be investigated.

3 months ago

He certainly has a problem with too much touching. There are numerous pictures of him with his hands on young girls and you can tell by their reaction, that he had made them feel uncomfortable. I have always said I would not want him near my daughter or granddaughters. Just creepy. Makes you wonder what he is really like.

stephen russell
3 months ago

Whose harassing Tara Reid online, your allies, DNC, campaign staff?? Explain
& why cant we apply= justice to U
Is Hunter aiding Chinese with virus?
Whats your stake in China to date
What makes U so special Biden?
Can U handle the pressure of being Pres since U failed as VP under Obama
Why U?
Have U heard what your saying in the media?

Linda Hutson
3 months ago

According to a spokesperson for the University, Biden’s team was there in mid March going thru his papers! So if there was anything. You can be sure it’s gone the same way as Hillary’s e-mails! Deepsixed !

Allan Brem
3 months ago

Just as, if not more, important is the need to follow the money.

3 months ago

I recently saw a young girl wearing a tee shirt that read, “Hidin’ from Biden” – think that says a lot about the former VP’s “character” or lack thereof.

Fred J Noel
3 months ago

Let the lame stream media cover for sleepy Joe. With all his baggage he’s going to look like a fool if he’s the Democrats nomination for President. The debates will be amusing to watch and listen to. Get the pop corn going, it should be fun. I don’t believe he’ll make it to the nomination. I hope I’m wrong no matter how the lame stream media reports on him they’d have to be magicians to pull it off! Keep Joe in the running, it should be fun to watch.

Patriot Will
3 months ago

Joe Biden is being treated like a prince by most of the far left media. It’s truly disgusting how soft the media is on the possibility that good old Joe is actually a self-centered creep who sees women as playthings. Even if creepy Joe violated this poor woman almost 3 decades ago, there is no excuse to drop the ball in such a hypocritical manner. The same people who cry bloody murder over false accusations are now not even pretending to investigate a brutal abuse of power. If Biden actually assaulted Tara Reid, he should feel the full shame of… Read more »

Francis Elliott
3 months ago

The: “the lady must be believed” we heard from the Democrats during the Kavanaugh hearings has changed to: The lady has a right to speak. Biden has the media and the DNC on his side and they will carry the water for him and disregard the accusations. He says he want his Senate record opened to vindicate him, but he also knows his records at the University in Delaware are sealed so he is safe there. The double standard wins again?

aluminum head
3 months ago

Tough ques. for Bye-then ?

Sir, what is your name ?

3 months ago

Even if biden was confronted the Republicans still would back down. Only barr could do it but he’s 2 busy with the f.b.i. & c.i.a. even if they did the Democrats would put it off till bideb completed his 4 years

Cheryl Smith
3 months ago

Hi Greg, this is very important!

3 months ago

I’m a Republican, I do not like Biden, but why is this coming out nearly three decades later?

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