Charlotte, N.C. – On Friday morning, Joe Biden released a statement to deny the allegations made against him. He is expected to join the MSNBC show ‘Morning Joe’ to discuss the claims soon after the statement was released. This is the first time that Biden addressed the allegations by Tara Reade.
Reade claims that Biden sexually assaulted her in 1993 while she worked for him as an aid. In his statements, Biden talked about all his accomplishments in the areas of women’s right. He then denied her claims saying that it never happened. He called for the records of any potential complaint to be released.
In his statement, Biden claims that no one has come out to corroborate the story for Reade, but that’s not true. One of her neighbors claims that Reade detailed the situation. This neighbor is a Biden supporter. The other is a former coworker. Since this time, 5 people have now come out to corroborate her story and spoken publicly.
But Biden claims that no one has come out to support her claims. There’s also the story about the Larry King Live call that was placed. Video of that call has surfaced to also support the claim.
#BREAKING: HERE is the video from August 11,1993's 'Larry King Live' described by @TheIntercept (and Tara Reade) as allegedly featuring her mother calling in and alluding to Reade's sexual assault claims against @JoeBiden (blog here by @ScottJW) https://t.co/fCgEqBnX7n pic.twitter.com/V5FGHskv56
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) April 24, 2020
Other things that complicate this story are the reports that the Biden campaign accessed the Senate records he donated in Delaware over 1 month ago. It is unknown what information was removed from those files since there is no public record of those documents.
While Biden asked the National Archives to release any related documents, no documents are expected. Tara Reade has said that a complaint was made, but she believed that those documents existed at the University of Delaware. If those documents existed, it certainly look like they were probably removed by the Biden campaign.
Democrats have come to the support of Biden. Those who used to claim that every woman deserved to be heard are now more interested in supporting Biden. Republicans have accused them of displaying a double standard.
The question that remains is if Americans are paying attention. As Democrats continue to come to Biden’s defense, it makes you think that internal polling shows Americans are.
At the moment, only one public poll has results about the Biden assault allegations. Rassmussen Reports has a poll out that shows 34% of Americans believe Reade, while 24% believe Biden is being honest.
Biden has a lot of work to do in convincing the American people that he did not commit the assault. If there are any documents or additional evidence, it could prove detrimental to his campaign.