Former Vice President Joe Biden now wants mainstream media to “rigorously vet” a woman who has brought a very serious sexual assault allegation against him, a 180 degree flip from the position he took during the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
The Western Journal reports: “This week, Tara Reade, a staff assistant for Biden when he was in the Senate, accused the presumptive Democratic nominee of sexually assaulting her while the two were alone in 1993.”
The Biden campaign vehemently denied the allegations.
Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s campaign manager and communications director, told Fox News: “Women have a right to tell their story, and reporters have an obligation to rigorously vet those claims.”
“We encourage them to do so, because these accusations are false,” she added.
But, this is not the position Biden and his team held in years past.
During Kavanaugh’s confirmation process, several women came forward with sexual assault allegations against him—one woman even accusing him of rape—something Biden said should be believed.
“What should happen is the woman should be given the benefit of the doubt and not be, you know, abused again by the system,” Biden said at the time per the Western Journal, referencing an allegation from an accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
“Some of the questions she was asked and the way the right went after her on national television and question her integrity and question her, not just her honesty, questioned her behavior. I mean, that’s just not appropriate,” Biden added per the Western Journal. “You shouldn’t have to be twice put through the same exact thing.”
The National Review reports Biden asserted it was Kavanaugh, not Ford, that should be forced to prove the facts of the case.
“Kavanaugh himself bears the burden of proof,” he said, per the report.
This presumption that the accuser should be believed was again repeated when Biden spoke on Antia Hill, who decades prior to the Kavanaugh cause accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual assault.
The Washington Post reports, Biden said: “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. But nobody fails to understand that this is like jumping into a cauldron.”