Seriously, how long will it take women and feminists to realize that repeatedly and transparently using sexual assault and sexual harassment accusations as suspiciously timed political weapons undermines the credibility of legitimate victims and their cause generally?
In fact, why has it taken this long?
We have now seen this scenario so many times: accusers haul out old and unsubstantiated alleged episodes of sexual misconduct conveniently timed to do maximum damage to an individual who has become a problem for the Left. Chris Matthews. Brett Kavanaugh, the most obvious example. Now, the same week in which President trump’s ratings rise, Joe Biden’s bunker broadcasts have even the most dedicated deniers wondering about his acuity, and New York governor Andrew Cuomo is being whispered about as a promising last ditch replacement for Joe if only there were some way to pull it off, and this happens (From Reason):
Despite his public pronunciations on the subject of never touching women without their explicit verbal consent, Biden has previously faced accusations that he was too handsy with people. But now the former vice president is facing a much more serious accusation of sexual assault, from an alleged former staffer named Tara Reade…Reade says she worked for Biden in the early 1990s and asserts that she was unambiguously assaulted by him in 1993. According to Reade, he began kissing her without her permission, pushed her against a wall, reached under her skirt, and penetrated her with his fingers.
“He said ‘come on man, I heard you liked me,'” Reade recalled to Halper in the interview. “For me, it was like, everything shattered. I looked up to him, he was like my father’s age, he was this champion of women’s rights, in my eyes. I couldn’t believe it was happening. It was surreal.”
…She said she once tried to talk to a supervisor about what had happened, but this person shut her down before she could tell the whole story. She also said she filled out an official form detailing her assault, but does not know what became of it.
A year ago, Reade—who supported the campaigns of Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.)—attempted to come forward with stories of sexual harassment in Biden’s offices. As detailed in an Intercept piece, she reached out to Time’s Up, a project of the National Women’s Law Center that provides support to alleged #MeToo victims. Time’s Up declined to assist Reade; the organization’s official excuse was that a feud with a national political candidate could jeopardize their status as a 501(c)(3) non-partisan group. But as The Intercept also notes:
“The public relations firm that works on behalf of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund is SKDKnickerbocker, whose managing director, Anita Dunn, is the top adviser to Biden’s presidential campaign. A spokesperson for Biden declined to comment. The SKDK spokesperson assigned to Time’s Up referred questions back to the NWLC.”
Hey, nothing to see here, move along!
At the same time, these late hits using #MeToo as the bludgeon are awfully convenient. Yet I have been saying since the minute Biden was declared the frontrunner for the 2020 nomination almost a year ago that his long time and photographically documented dead ethics alarms when it came to workplace harassment was inevitably going to become as issue, and possibly a fatal one to his candidacy.
- Who do you root for here? Biden has been a shameless serial harasser while claiming otherwise. He deserves this, if anyone does.
- Yet nobody deserves politically motivated late accusations that wreck reputations and careers. Defending oneself against a 27 year old tale that had no witesses is nearly impossible….which is, perhaps, the whole idea. [See: Kavanaugh, Brett]
- Are Reade’s claims credible? Sure, they’re credible, but credible accusations can still be made up. The Democrats and their captive Get Trump at any cost media have alraedy tried to make “credible” the standard of guilt. [See: Kavanaugh, Brett]
- Notes Reason’s Robby Soave: “Joe Biden, the Democratic Party’s presumptive 2020 presidential nominee, has made it no secret where he stands: automatically believe women. “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…but whether Democratic primary voters and the mainstream media are willing to air it out as they did Kavanaugh’s will tell us a lot about what “believe all women” actually means.”
- There is a strong tendency to want to grab the popcorn and just enjoy the carnage.
The Democrats asked for this, by willfully ignoring Biden’s history as a groper. Biden asked for this by taking the unethical position of “believe all women,” especially when he knew, or would have known if his brain wasn’t Swiss cheese, that his pandering could easily be turned against him. The American public, however, does not deserve to see its Presidential election process warped by dubious and unproveable accusations, and the important mission of weakening the culture of sexual assault and harassment in the workplace does not deserve to be set back a decade by cynical misuse. [See: Kavanaugh, Brett]
And just maybe, Biden, Joe.