Pressure Mounts For Biden To Drop From The Presidential Race

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Pressure is mounting for presumed Democratic nominee Joe Biden to exit the presidential race as he faces an allegation of sexual assault from former staffer Tara Reade.

In a tweet Tuesday morning, the former national organizing director for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign Claire Sandberg said: “Now is the time to deal with the ramifications of Tara Reade’s accusations, not this fall.”

“There is simply no moral justification for Biden to continue as the presumptive nominee. Out of respect for survivors and for the good of the country, he should withdraw from the race,” she urged.

“This does not mean that Bernie should become the nominee by default,” Sandberg continued. “The primary should resume somehow, and other candidates who dropped out should be able to get back in the race as well. Obviously, this means primaries should not be cancelled.”

Sandberg claimed if the Democrat Party pushes through Biden as the nominee, then it would all but guarantee President Trump’s re-election.

“But barreling ahead and acting like Biden’s conduct is excusable, or pretending that Trump won’t make a lot of hay out of the Democratic party’s hypocrisy, does not seem like a good plan to me. Speaking as a person who is very alarmed by the prospect of a second Trump term,” she added.

Sandberg also identified this would be an “unprecedented step” in choosing her party’s nominee.

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“Obviously this would be an unprecedented step and there are huge logistical and strategic issues to consider here. But I hope that people in the party are thinking seriously about them,” she said.

Sandberg added:

The stakes are too high to just pray that “yes these accusations are troubling but vote for Biden anyway to stop Trump” will be a winning message. It’s possible that it will be enough, given the level of death and economic destruction we’re facing, but do we want to risk it?

And do we want to take that risk while losing the moral high ground, telling survivors and women that they don’t matter, and appearing to confirm to those who have lost trust in the political system altogether that Democrats are just as partisan and without values as Republicans?

As the Daily Wire reports Biden is staring down accusations of sexual misconduct or assault from eight different women in his effort to win the Democratic nomination, the most recent being from a staffer in Biden’s Senate office in 1993, Alexandra Tara Reade.

Last month, Reade came forward with an allegation that Biden assaulted her in a back hall of the Capitol after she was requested by the senior staff to fetch him a gym bag.

“I handed [Biden] the [gym bag]. He greeted me. He remembered my name. And then we were alone,” Reade said during an interview last month. “It was the strangest thing. There was no like exchange really. He just had me up against the wall. I was wearing like a skirt, a business skirt. I wasn’t wearing stockings. It was kind of a hot day that day, and I was wearing heels…I remember I was wearing a blouse, and he just had me up against the wall. And the wall was cold. It happened all at once. His hands were on me and underneath my clothes… he was kissing me at the same time, and he was saying something to me. He said several things. I can’t remember everything he said.”

Shortly after the 1993 incident, Reade told some of her family members and a neighbor. Some of which have since come forth to corroborate her claim.


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