Recently, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared to snap at a reporter when asked why 2020 candidate Joe Biden is being treated so differently that Brett Kavanaugh.
“I respect your question, and I don’t need a lecture or a speech” snapped back at the reporter while lifting her right finger.
The argument from that Democrats are showing off their hypocrisy with a double standard for treatment of Joe Biden vs. Kavanaugh is not going away.
In a letter to the editor of the Los Angeles Times, Janet Conner writes:
To the editor: The Democratic Party’s public support for the #MeToo movement needs to be applauded and examined. Like most women, I have been glad that Democratic Party leaders have been vocal. I welcomed the investigation into allegations against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in 2018, even though nothing came of it. (“Tara Reade’s allegation that Joe Biden assaulted her demands an independent investigation,” editorial, April 30)
The party’s hypocrisy, however, is once again showing. If Democrats can so loudly proclaim that justice must be done for Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Blasey Ford and even passionately insist that victims cannot be dismissed, they must apply the same scrutiny to former Vice President Joe Biden.
The Democratic Party should not expect the millions of voters who did not support Biden — and who want change and, of course, for President Trump to be defeated — to support such hypocrisy. People might vote for Biden as the lesser of two evils, but how dare the Democrats expect me and millions others to be concerned more about their party’s power than the issues that really matter?
Janet Conner, Ventura
Jonathan Easley of the Hill writes Democrats and the news media are being accused of a double standard in how they’ve addressed allegations of sexual assault against former Vice President Joe Biden and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Both Biden and Kavanaugh have faced decades-old charges that first became public at critical junctures in their pursuit of high political office.
Top Democrats who were on the front lines demanding justice for Christine Blasey Ford during the Kavanaugh hearings have rushed to defend Biden, saying they do not believe the allegations made against him by Tara Reade.
And while the news media printed salacious new allegations against Kavanaugh before vetting the accusers or their claims, media outlets have approached Reade’s allegations with extreme caution.
Critics in both parties say Democrats and the news media set the standard of “believing all women” during the Kavanaugh hearings but have not met that standard in dealing with Biden.
“There is a clear double standard between how the media and Democrats treated Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations versus Tara Reade’s allegations,” said Mike Davis, who led the Senate effort to confirm Kavanaugh.
“It was stunning to see Democrats say they believed Joe Biden even before he’d spoken a word about this,” he added. “And the media instantly and breathlessly reported on all of the allegations against Justice Kavanaugh, which resulted in three criminal referrals against accusers for conspiracy to lie to Congress.”
In 2018, top Democrats reacted with fury at the allegations made by Blasey Ford, demanding Kavanaugh remove himself from consideration to the Supreme Court.
They walked with the protesters on Capitol Hill, fundraised off the hearings and used the issue to energize the liberal base ahead of the 2018 midterms, in which Democrats won back the House.
Privately, some Democrats are now lamenting the standard they set in 2018, saying it has backfired now that Biden has been accused.
“We set up a standard we can’t live by. No one likes to discuss it but it’s the reality,” said one Democratic strategist who requested anonymity to talk candidly. “It looks terrible for him and for the party. You can’t say you believe women and then take it all back because it doesn’t apply to you.”
Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of assaulting her in the early 1980s when they were both in high school. Reade accused Biden of assaulting her in the early 1990s when she worked in his Senate office.
Biden and Kavanaugh have both strenuously denied the allegations against them.
In her interview with Biden on MSNBC on Friday, Mika Brzezinski read Biden’s words about Blasey Ford back to him.
In 2018, Biden said that if a woman comes forward “in the glaring lights of focus,” you’ve got to “start off with the presumption that at least the essence of what she is talking about is real.”
Brzezinksi also singled out Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams as Democratic women who said Blasey Ford must be believed but are now defending Biden against Reade’s allegations.
“Are women to be believed unless it pertains to you?” Brzezinksi asked Biden.
Biden responded that women should be “given the benefit of the doubt” and should “should start off with the presumption they’re telling the truth.”
“Then you have to look at the circumstances and the facts,” he said. “And the facts in this case do not exist. They never happened, and there’s so many inconsistencies in what has been said in this case. So yes, look at the facts and I assure you it did not happen, period. Period.”