There have been some new developments this week regarding the sexual assault allegations against Joe Biden by one of his former Senate staffers, Tara Reade.
A videotape from August of 1993 surfaced in which Jeanette Altimus, Tara Reade’s mother, called into the Larry King show on CNN to discuss her daughter’s situation with former Senator, Howard Baker and revealed that she called because her daughter’s pleas for help had gone ignored in Washington, D.C.
Prior to the Intercept’s tracking down of the tape, Reade had stated that her mother had – in fact – called into the show and has subsequently confirmed to the Intercept and on Twitter that it is indeed her mother’s voice.
This tape backs up Tara Reade’s claim that she told her mother about allegations of sexual harassment and assault relating to her boss at the time, Senator Joe Biden. She claims she told her mother, brother Collin Moulton and a friend about the allegations at the time and her brother and her friend have confirmed same. Reade’s mother, Jeanette Altimus, died in 2016. As of this writing, CNN has reportedly removed the Larry King video from Google Play.
Under mounting pressure, CNN – after 24 hours – was finally forced to break their silence and aired a 7-1/2 minute segment, buried on a Saturday afternoon. Nearly half of the time was spent defending Joe Biden while dismissing Tara Reade and questioning her credibility, claiming that she had only recently made these allegations against Biden. A New York Times report was cited in which none of the two-dozen people interviewed who worked with Biden at the time corroborated Reade’s account. (Note that in the Kavanaugh story, none of Christine Blasey Ford’s “witnesses” had any recollection of the night in question. Also note that Ford’s accusations against Kavanaugh came decades after her alleged assault and only after he was nominated to the Supreme Court) Ford endured no such scrutiny, dismissal, nor character assassination as is Reade.
Another development is that a former neighbor of Tara Reade, Lynda LaCasse, came forward to state that she remembers stepping out of her home in Morro Bay, California, in 1995 or 1996 to speak with Reade. LaCasse said that as the two women began discussing personal problems, Reade began to cry as she started talking about Joe Biden. She said that Reade told her that when she was working in Washington some years prior, Biden “had pushed her up against a wall and he put his hand up her skirt and he put his fingers inside of her, and she was dealing with the aftermath of that.” Ms. LaCasse added, “…. remembering somebody putting their hands up your skirt — that’s something you don’t forget.”
After that time, the women had lost touch and it was only a few years ago that they reconnected around the time that Reade’s mother died. According to LaCasse, it was last year when Reade brought up Biden again that LaCasse told her that she remembered their conversation of years ago about the alleged sexual assault. Public records searches, photos and an examination of Tara Reade’s past government identification indicate that LaCasse and Reade were – in fact – once neighbors.
It is interesting to note that Lynda LaCasse describes herself as “very anti-Trump” and a “very strong Democrat” with “strong political leanings.” She said she plans to vote for Joe Biden whom she always viewed as an “OK guy,” even after hearing Tara Reade’s story. La Casse stated: “I don’t know that I have any choice. I’m not going to vote for Trump.” So much for women supporting each other in the era of MeToo. But that’s another topic for another blog.
Now that we are up to date, with the MeToo movement as a backdrop, I’d like to compare and contrast the treatment of Tara Reade and Joe Biden to that of Christine Blasey-Ford and Brett Kavanaugh…….treatment by some of the most-vocal, most-ardent so-called defenders and supporters of women, the most-rabid, most-vocal feminists – both male and female.
After the Christine Blasey-Ford allegations, but despite scant, sketchy information and no corroboration by any of Ford’s high school friends, so-called “witnesses”……and before either of the two parties had even uttered a word or testified, Democrats and the media were speaking out, stating unequivocally that they believed Ford and were basically calling for Kavanaugh’s head. American senators and congressmen actually stated that Ford did not have to prove Kavanaugh’s guilt, but rather, Kavanaugh had to prove his innocence, a notion that violates centuries and even millennia of jurisprudence.
Angry, rabid, feminist-activist Mazie Hirono of Hawaii said of Blasey-Ford: “The credibility is there for her. So, I believe her. This whole idea that the Republicans have, that women just sit around making these things up, that is not borne out by the reality.” Hirono offers no support for Tara Reade. I guess she thinks she just made it up.
But wait. There’s more:
“I expect all of the enlightened men in our country, ’cause there must be millions of men out there who are enlightened, who also will rise up to say we cannot continue the victimization and the smearing of someone like Dr. Ford. And you know what, she is under no obligation to participate in the Republican efforts to sweep this whole thing under the rug, to continue this nomination on the fast track and to participate in a smear campaign and basically a railroad job. This is what they did to Anita Hill.”
One could easily substitute the words “Tara Reade,” “Democrat” and “Brett Kavanaugh” for “Dr. Ford,” “Republican” and “Anita Hill,” respectively. Again, Senator Hirono has not uttered a single word in support of – nor in defense of – Tara Reade.
Hirono finished her comments by firing the shot heard ‘round the locker room: “To the men in this country: Just shut up and step up. Do the right thing for a change.”
One of those “enlightened” feminist men to whom Hirono refers is Connecticut-Cadaver-Senator, Richard Blumenthal, who said about Blasey-Ford right at the start: “I believe her.” During the proceedings, the stolen-valor Senator asked Kavanaugh if he’d ever heard of the legal principle “Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus” a Latin term which dictates jurors can rule a witness to be false in everything if he says one thing that is not true. This, coming from a man who lied about having served in Vietnam.
Another of those “enlightened men” is far-left partisan Illinois Senator Dick Durban: “We have to think about what it would mean if Judge Kavanaugh were to be confirmed to the Supreme Court with credible sexual assault allegations against him. Specifically, what it would mean to the millions of women across America who were survivors of sexual assault, women who have been scared to come forward with their stories for fear they would be mocked, ridiculed, and shunned.” Exactly, Dick, exactly. What would it mean if Joe Biden were elected to the presidency with credible sexual assault allegations against him?
Durbin’s fellow Illinois Democratic Senator, Tammy Duckworth, called the FBI investigation into Christine Blasey-Ford’s allegations a “GOP-led sham.” She queried: “What are the Republicans afraid of? If they’re so convinced their nominee isn’t a serial sexual assaulter, why have they done everything in their power to curb and hinder investigations into the incidents in question?” The Biden campaign refuses to release his senate records from the time in question. Again, an honest reporter could switch out the word “Republicans” for “Democrats” and ask the same question.
Next is angry, shrill, potty-mouthed New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand who also claimed the moral high ground: “This process is sending the worst possible message to girls — and boys — everywhere. It’s telling American women that your voice doesn’t matter. It’s telling survivors everywhere that your experiences don’t count, they’re not important and they are not to be believed. We are saying that women are worth less than a man’s promotion.” Precisely. Ms. Gillibrand’s silence is “sending the worst possible message” that Tara Reade “is worth less than Joe Biden’s promotion.”
Our next guest is California Senator Dianne “Della Street” Feinstein who said that “Supreme Court justices should not be an extension of the Republican Party. They must also have unquestionable character and integrity, and serious questions remain about Judge Kavanaugh in this regard, as indicated in information I referred to the FBI.”
The information of which Ms. Feinstein speaks had been handed to her weeks earlier, but she sat on it as a “wild card,” passing it on to the FBI and the media only after Kavanaugh’s initial confirmation hearings had concluded, as it became more-evident he would be confirmed. She also has not defended Tara Reade. So much for “unquestionable character and integrity,” Della. An “enlightened” Perry Mason would have defended her.
Contestant number 7 is Michigan Governor Gretchen Witmer, recently thrust into the spotlight for her totalitarian rule over her state in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic and the scuttlebutt about her being a possible Joe Biden running mate. She was quite pithy in 2018, saying simply: “I believe Dr. Ford.” Nothing so pithy where Tara Reade is concerned.
It’s not only Tara Reade who’s getting blown off by the Democrats and the media in the MeToo era. Another story that seems to have been all but forgotten is the accusation of sexual assault leveled against Virginia’s Democratic Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax by two women, Vanessa Tyson and Meredith Watson, both of whom were interviewed by Gayle King on CBS.
Both women came forward amid a nationwide cry for the resignation of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam after a racist photo from his medical-school yearbook surfaced. Had Northam been forced out, Fairfax would have replaced him. Now, one year later, both Northam and Fairfax are still standing, the latter planning a move to run for governor of that state.
I mention this in order to bring up our next contender for hypocrite of the year. That is failed Georgia Democrat gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams – who still insists she won and who is rumored to be a strong contender as Joe Biden’s running mate. Abrams encouraged Gov. Northam to “take personal responsibility” for donning blackface on separate occasions in the 1980’s. She also urged Lieutenant Gov. Fairfax to atone for his sexual misdeeds, stating: “I know this, these are men who have tried to do the right thing in their professional lives, but I think they have to grapple with their private and personal decisions.” She refused to call for their resignations.
So, we’ve learned that Stacey Abrams, the woman who is now very publicly campaigning for the vice presidency, is willing to look the other way on both sexual assault AND racism, provided the offenders are Democrats, particularly if one of them is black. However, if you are accused of sexual assault and happen to have been nominated by Donald Trump to serve on the Supreme Court, her eyes – and mouth – are wide open. Regarding the Biden allegations, Abrams said: “I believe that women deserve to be heard and I believe that they need to be listened to. But I also believe that those allegations have to be investigated by credible sources.”
There it is, “by credible sources.” Abrams and the Democrats – the same people who trash FOX news incessantly and say it’s not a news organization – have sole discretion over who is and is not credible.
Abrams continued: “I believe Joe Biden. I believe that he is a person who demonstrated that his love of family, his love of our (black) community, has been made perfectly clear through his work as a Congressional leader and as an American leader……I know Joe Biden and I think he’s telling the truth and this did not happen…..I don’t believe her……I believe the Biden I know. And I think he will make women proud. He will make America proud as president of the United States.” Wow. Just wow.
The same Stacey Abrams who said she does not believe Tara Reade said this about Christine Blasey-Ford. “I believe women, and I believe survivors of violence always deserve to be supported and to have their voices heard.” That is, unless their names are Vanessa Tyson, Meredith Watson, or Tara Reade and unless the accused is a black man or a Democrat, particularly if that Democrat is a presidential nominee who is rumored to be considering you as his running mate, particularly if you are the only person he’s considering who checks off at least three of the “woke” boxes that are necessary to pander to the specific constituency of a Democrat Party whose lifeblood is identity politics.
As hypocrites go, as empty vessels go, none is more hypocritical nor as empty as feminist icon Hillary Rodham Clinton. She has a long history of “standing with women” and “fighting for women,” except when she doesn’t…..like when they accuse her husband or another Democrat of sexual assault, including rape, as did Juanita Broaddrick accuse Bill Clinton of the latter. Or when they’re little girls.
Hillary Clinton turns a deaf ear to sexual assault and rape, particularly when it’s advantageous for her to do so, whether for political, economic or careerist reasons. Such was the case in 1975 when she got off an animal who had raped a 12 year-old girl who wound up in a coma for several days and who was rendered infertile. At the time, Hillary called the girl “emotionally-unstable” and said that “girls have a tendency to exaggerate or romanticize sexual experiences, especially when they come from disorganized families.” To this day, Mrs. Clinton defends her actions of 45 years ago. The audio can be difficult to listen to, particularly when Clinton laughs about what she was able to accomplish.
The same outspoken, lifelong feminist who dismissed a 12 year-old girl in 1975 tweeted in 2018: “Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported.” She raised her own daughter in the home of a serial sexual predator, standing beside him and defending him for decades and even went so far as to besmirch the character of and attempt to destroy the many women her husband has bedded or preyed upon. Her comments about Paula Jones “drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find,” or Monica Lewinsky “a narcissistic loony toon” are well known.
What is not well known is that the Clintons had a now-famous “fixer” on the payroll, someone to deal with the “bimbo eruptions,” as Hillary called them. He served as both communications director for the 1992 Bill Clinton presidential campaign as well as White House communications director and later senior advisor for policy and strategy. He now cohosts Good Morning America for ABC and anchors their signature Sunday broadcast, This Week. His name is George Stephanopoulos. No conflict of interest there, huh?
Watch campaign communications director “George the Fixer” at work here, threatening to destroy a female reporter who is about to break a story about yet another Bill Clinton sexual peccadillo.
On Tuesday (April 28) Hillary Clinton appeared with Joe Biden on a virtual “Women’s Forum” (that’s rich) and heaped effusive praise upon him while endorsing him……endorsing him even as he is under the cloud of sexual assault allegations at a time when Hillary herself has said women “must be heard, believed and supported.” Yet, she does none of the above. Among other things, Clinton said of Biden: “We have a lot of the same values in common.”
I firmly believe that. As if we needed another reason to vote Trump. That’s the only truthful thing Hillary Clinton has said since “Mama” or “Dada.” The ONLY truthful thing. To wit:
Tara Reade had some strong words upon hearing Mrs. Clinton’s endorsement. “I voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. I voted for her in the primary. I’m a lifelong Democrat. But yet, what I see now is someone enabling a sexual predator and it was my former boss, Joe Biden, who raped me. Hillary Clinton has a history of enabling powerful men to cover up their sexual predatory behaviors and their inappropriate sexual misconduct. We don’t need that for this country. We don’t need that for our new generation coming up that wants institutional rape culture to change.” Reade added: “I will not be smeared, dismissed or ignored. I stand in truth and I will keep speaking out.”
Finally, to the man at the center of the sexual assault allegations, the man who would be – as Hillary Clinton said, “a real president,” Joe Biden. In the midst of the Kavanaugh saga, Biden remarked: “Women’s claims of sexual assault should be presumed to be true. 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, whether or not she forgets facts, whether or not it’s been made worse or better over time.” Seems Joe has forgotten his own words, his own core beliefs – if he ever had them – and is hoping the media and the American People will forget about Tara Reade.
We’ve all seen the countless videos of Biden groping women (even young girls) invading their space, sniffing their hair, etc and we’ve all heard his “hairy legs” story. They go back decades. We will see and hear more. It’s not likely we’ll forget on November 3rd.