Gillibrand, Who Called for Al Franken to Resign, Stands By Biden Amid Sexual Assault Scandal

Per Mike Memoli:

Notable: @SenGillibrand asked today on a conference call about Tara Reade allegations of assault by @JoeBiden.

She says, “I stand by Vice President Biden. He’s devoted his life to supporting women and he has vehemently denied this allegation.” Per @JulieNBCNews

Per Breitbart, Gillibrand’s defense of Biden is notable as she called on then-Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) to resign after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct in 2018. When asked about possible comebacks for Franken and journalist Mark Halperin over the summer, the New York Democrat said that the United States is a country of second chances.

“Anyone who wants a second chance, it’s always there for everyone,” she said. “We’re a country that believes in second chances.”

Gillibrand also said she believed the sexual assault allegations against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh leveled by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. “I believe her,” she told MSNBC in September 2018. “Her story is credible. If you listen to everything about it, the fact that she told her therapist about it five years ago.”

Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s deputy campaign manager, issued a statement earlier this month denying Reade’s allegations, though Biden himself has not addressed them.

“Vice President Biden has dedicated his public life to changing the culture and the laws around violence against women. He authored and fought for the passage and reauthorization of the landmark Violence Against Women Act. He firmly believes that women have a right to be heard — and heard respectfully. Such claims should also be diligently reviewed by an independent press. What is clear about this claim: it is untrue. This absolutely did not happen,” said Bedingfield.

On Monday, Business Insider reported that Lynda LaCasse, a former neighbor to Reade, said the two discussed her alleged allegation against the former vice president between 1995 and 1996.

“I remember her saying, here was this person that she was working for and she idolized him,” LaCasse told the news outlet. “And he kind of put her up against a wall. And he put his hand up her skirt and he put his fingers inside her. She felt like she was assaulted, and she really didn’t feel there was anything she could do.”

“She was crying,” LaCasse continued. “She was upset. And the more she talked about it, the more she started crying. I remember saying that she needed to file a police report.”

“I don’t remember all the details,” she added. “I remember the skirt. I remember the fingers. I remember she was devastated.”

LaCasse, who supports Biden for the White House, is the first person to corroborate Reade’s allegations.