AOC Nukes Biden, Says We Should Believe Women Even When It ‘Inconveniences Us’

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Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is calling out former Vice President and presumed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for not taking a sexual assault allegation against him more seriously.

Biden and Ocasio-Cortez were both on the frontlines when sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh nearly derailed his confirmation—something the New York Democrat says should not change just because the accusation “inconveniences” Biden.

Ocasio-Cortez went on to describe Biden’s attempts to silence the accusations as “a form of gaslighting,” the Daily Wire reports.

During an online discussion hosted by The Wing, a questioner said she “really resent[s] the fact that [Biden] is someone who has a really long history of being creepy to women.”

Ocasio-Cortez agreed, saying: “What you’re voicing is so legitimate and real.”

“That’s why I find this kind of silencing of all dissent to be a form of gaslighting,” the congresswoman added. “I think it’s legitimate to talk about these things.”

Ocasio-Cortez said the “believe women” standard should not suddenly change when the situation is inconvenient.

“And if we want, if we again want to have integrity, you can’t say, you know — both believe women, support all of this, until it inconveniences you, until it inconveniences us,” she added per the report.

“A lot of us are survivors, and it’s really, really hard and uncomfortable,” the congresswoman continued, adding it was “not okay” to compromise “very legitimate thing[s]” to beat Trump.

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“I think a lot of us are just in this moment where it’s like, how did we get here? You know, it almost felt like we started this cycle where we had kind of moved on from, you know, from all of this. And now it feels like we’re kind of back in it,” Ocasio-Cortez continued, referencing the #MeToo movement that exposed numerous instances of sexual assault and harassment against figures in Hollywood and Washington. “And, you know, the most diverse field that we’ve ever seen — that we’re kind of back, kind of replaying old movies in a way.”

From the Daily Wire:

Tara Reade, a former staff assistant to Biden when he was a US senator, said on a podcast last month that Biden sexually assaulted her in 1993. Nobody witnessed the alleged assault. Reade told her brother and a friend about it at the time.

Ocasio-Cortez said Democrats should not prioritize beating President Trump over openly discussing Biden’s history with women, which includes several accusations of inappropriate behavior. Doing so would be the “exact opposite of integrity,” she said.

Biden has yet to acknowledge Reade’s allegation, though his campaign has denied the charge. In March 2019, Biden released a statement denying charges made by several women that the former vice president had inappropriately hugged, kissed, and smelled them.

According to the report, Reade has praised Ocasio-Cortez for being “literally the only politician that has spoken up” on her behalf.

As CBS News reports, Biden’s deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield has called the accusation “untrue.”

“Vice President Biden has dedicated his public life to changing the culture and the laws around violence against women,” Bedingfield said in a statement. “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.”

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