Many commentators including me have criticized media and Democratic Party politicians for treating the Tara Reade accusations against Joe Biden differently than they treated the allegations against now-Justice Kavanaugh. With Kavanaugh, they claimed that all sexual assault claims from women should be believed, but they weren’t believing the claims of Tara Reade that she was sexually assaulted by Joe Biden. On Tuesday evening Tucker Carlson, while not saying Ms. Reade was lying, raised legitimate questions about her story, its timing, and how it changed. Tucker Carlson Tara Reade

He started by reiterating her allegations and evidence against the former VP, including her mother’s call to Larry King, Biden’s strange reaction to the accusation, Reade’s friends and family who say she told them about the assault around the time that happened.

“But there is evidence on the other side as well, and we feel honor-bound to tell you about it. Just last year, Tara Reade told a very different story about what happened with Joe Biden. In 2019, she said he touched her inappropriately on the neck and shoulders. She said not that she was fired for complaining about harassment, much less being penetrated by Joe Biden. She then said she was fired because she refused to serve drinks at an event.”

Tucker went on to explain that Tara Reade supported  Bernie Sanders, and wondered if there was a political motive behind her allegations.  supporter.

“There’s the question of Reade’s politics. We normally wouldn’t get into that because it’s not germane. But keep in mind this story is unfolding during a presidential campaign. And it’s also playing out against the backdrop of fierce infighting within the Democratic Party.” Carlson later went on to add, “It’s notable that before Joe Biden started beating Bernie Sanders in the primary, Tara Reade wasn’t attacking Joe Biden, instead she had effusively positive things to say about him. In 2017, Tara Reade repeatedly praised Joe Biden for his work against sexual assault.”

Carlson said that he was not trying to insinuate that she’s lying. “

“Political imperatives sometimes influence claims like this That does not mean that Tara Reade is some kind of liar or is a devious bpartisan. We don’t know that is true and we are not saying it now. To be clear, we are not asserting that.”

The Fox News host did, however, finish with a warning to be leery of being used:

Again, this is a presidential year. Weigh everything against the facts, take nothing for granted. The one thing you can be certain of this year is you are being lied to. That’s what we know so far about the Tara Reade story, those of the facts, decide for yourself what you make of them, we’ll be updating it regularly.

Indeed, if Tucker Carlson’s facts are true, the Tara Reade story might not be the slam-dunk we assume it to be.  Below is a video of the Tucker Carlson segment and a rush transcript provided by Grabien.

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Tucker: Of segments on this show about Tara Reade and her allegations against Joe Biden, we’ve told you about Biden’s weird reaction to the charges, he stammered when asked — we told you at length about the infuriating and sickening hypocrisy of the media and the professional feminist movement. Believe all women? They don’t, it depends on the Politics.

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One thing we have not yet addressed in any detail is Reade’s the story itself, what does she say happened between herself and Joe Biden, is there any evidence to back it up? We probably should’ve started their witches is at the beginning. We want to take you through the details of the story because we think we are going to be hearing a lot more about it and it’s good to be grounded in what the facts are. Tara Reade worked as an aid in Joe Biden’s Senate office in Washington from December 1992 to August of 1993. In a recent interview, she said in the spring of 1993 she found herself alone with Joe Biden in an isolated corner of Capitol Hill, she later said it was in the basement of the Senate office building but it was in the Senate. Biden, she said, pinned her against the wall, kissed her and reached up under her skirt, and penetrated her with his fingers, horrifying. She pulled away from Biden and as she pulled away he became angry, “You’re nothing to me” she says Biden hissed at her. She complained to her superiors but didn’t provide any of these horrifying details, a short time after she complained, she was fired, that’s what she says. Did this happen, did this assault and its particulars take place, we can’t know for sure it was more than 25 years ago but here’s the evidence Reade points to support her case. Two unnamed friends of hers have spoken to media outlets hearing that she complained about harassment at the time, Reade’s brother and a neighbor also say they heard something about it, then there’s a recently unearthed CNN clip from 1993 in which an unnamed woman calls in to “Larry King live” and asks Larry King what her daughter to do about problems with a U.S. Senator.

King: Hello.
Reade’s Mom: Yes, hello. I’m wondering what a staffer is to do besides go to the press in Washington, my daughter has just left thereafter working for a prominent senator and could not get through with her problems at all and the only thing she could have done was go to the press and she chose not to do it out of respect.
King: She had a story to tell but out of respect for the person she worked for, she didn’t tell it.
Reade’s Mom: That’s true.

Tucker: That clip just emerged, it was found by someone on Twitter and that’s a real clip. Reade says the woman you heard is her mother, we can’t confirm that because her mother has passed away but the facts seem to match, the color identifies herself as being from St. Louis, Reade’s mother lived there at the time.

There is evidence on the other side as well and we feel honor-bound to tell you about it. Just last year, Tara Reade told a different story about what happened with Joe Biden.

In 2019, she said he touched her inappropriately on the neck and shoulders, she said not that she was fired for complaining about harassment much less for being penetrated by Joe Biden, she said she was fired because she refused to serve drinks at an event.

That was the version of the story that Reade’s brother remembered one was asked. He told reporters she mentioned him touching her neck and shoulders, he didn’t mention anything about assault. A several days later, he texted reporters to say he also remembered Reade saying Biden reached under her clothes and assaulted her.

Then there’s a question of her Politics, we normally wouldn’t get into that because it’s not germane but keep in mind this story is unfolding during a presidential campaign and it’s also playing out against the backdrop of fierce infighting within the Democratic Party, you might not know much about event and Lester connected to them but it’s intense, the establishment people and the many Democrats who still support Bernie Sanders.  Reade appears to be in the Bernie Sanders camp. Intercept reporter Brian Grimm tweeted “A head-to-head Biden versus Sanders contest will force voters to have a close look at Biden again, that went very badly for him last time.” Should he suggest we would be taking a close look at Biden? She responded “Yep, timing. Wait for it. Tick tock.”

That’s cryptic, was she referring to her plans to announce the assault story, suggesting it was politically timed? We don’t know that we have no evidence of it but it’s interesting and possible.

It’s notable before Joe Biden started beating Bernie Sanders in the primary, Tara Reade wasn’t attacking Joe Biden, instead, she had effusively positive things to say about him. In 2017, Tara Reade repeatedly praised Joe Biden for his work against sexual assault. At one point Reade wrote, “My old boss speaks the truth.” She was like in comments that Biden had made saying he opposed the sexual assault of women. In retrospect knowing all that we know now about what Reade says happened, statements like that are baffling. They are hard to understand or to explain.

As we learned so bitterly during the Brett Kavanaugh hearing, political imperatives sometimes influence claims like this, that does not mean that Tara Reade is some kind of liar or a devious partisan, we don’t know that is true and we are not saying it now, we are not asserting that. But the timing does mean — and this is our duty — that we ought to keep our guard up as this story progresses, those of us who cover it’s going forward should be very wary of being used. Again, this is a presidential year. Weigh everything against the facts, take nothing for granted. The one thing you can be certain of this year is you are being lied to. That’s what we know so far about the Tara Reade story, those of the facts, decide for yourself what you make of them, we’ll be updating it regularly.

 

 

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