Moments ago on CNN’s “State of the Union” Governor Gretchen Whitmer was asked why she believes Biden but not Kavanaugh.
I want to turn now to former Vice President Joe Biden who denied an allegation made by a former Senate staffer of his, Tara Reade, who said he sexually assaulted her in the early 90s. You’ve said you believe Vice President Biden.
I want to compare that to 2018 when you said you believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford after she accused now Justice Brett Kavanaugh of assault. Kavanaugh, also, like Biden categorically denied that accusation and Blasey-Ford to be honest, she did not have the contemporaneous account of her view of what happened that Tara Reade does. You have spoken movingly about how you’re a survivor of assault yourself. Why do you believe Biden but not Kavanaugh?
As a survivor, and as a feminist, I’ll say this. We need to give people an opportunity to tell their story. Then we have a duty to vet it. And just because you’re a survivor doesn’t mean that every claim is equal.
It means we give them the ability to make their case and the other side as well. And then to make a judgment that is informed. I have read a lot about this current allegation. I know Joe Biden, and I’ve watched his defense.
There’s not a pattern that goes into this. And I think for these reasons, I’m very comfortable that Joe Biden is who he says he is. And you know what, that’s all I’m going to say about it. I really resent the fact that every time a case comes up, all of us survivors have to weigh in. It is reopening wounds, and it is— you know, take us at our word, ask us for our opinion, and let’s move on.