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Once an enabler, always an enabler?
In 2016, Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton of enabling her husband, former President Bill Clinton, to abuse women.
Now, in 2020, Tara Reade is accusing Hillary of “enabling a sexual predator” by endorsing Joe Biden.
Reade, who herself is a Democrat and voted for Hillary in 2016, is increasingly frustrated at the mainstream media for covering up her allegations against Biden.
During the confirmation hearings of Brett Kavanaugh, reports stated that the CIA was unable to get even one person to verify that Christine Blasey Ford even MET Kavanaugh, let alone had been sexually assaulted by him.
Compare this to Reade, who went to the cops immediately and told multiple people close to her.
Yet the media and prominent Democratic leaders such as Hillary appear to be giving Biden a free pass.
More details on Reade’s explosive statements below:
The University of Delaware has documents from Biden's tenure as Senator.
Tara Reade has called on the university to unseal these documents, as she believes they may potentially include the formal sexual harassment complaint that she filed.
It is unclear if the University of Delaware will unseal the files.
Fox News reports that even as Hillary Clinton, who has been accused of silencing accusers throughout her life, endorses Biden, Reade refuses to be silenced:
EXCLUSIVE: Tara Reade slammed Hillary Clinton for offering her endorsement to former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday after the former Senate staffer came forward last month with an allegation of sexual assault against the presumptive Democratic nominee.
"I voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. I voted for her in the primary. I'm a lifelong Democrat. But yet, what I see now is someone enabling a sexual predator and it was my former boss, Joe Biden, who raped me," Reade told Fox News. "Hillary Clinton has a history of enabling powerful men to cover up their sexual predatory behaviors and their inappropriate sexual misconduct. We don't need that for this country. We don't need that for our new generation coming up that wants institutional rape culture to change."
She added: "I will not be smeared, dismissed or ignored. I stand in truth and I will keep speaking out."
Biden's campaign has categorically denied Reade's accusations.
Clinton -- who was the Democratic nominee in the 2016 presidential election, later losing to now-President Trump -- joined Biden in a virtual women's town hall on Tuesday, where she officially threw her support behind the former vice president.
"Joe Biden has been preparing for this moment his entire life," Clinton said. "And for me, this is a moment that we need a leader, a president like Joe Biden."
The former Secretary of State teased her endorsement on social media before the campaign appearance.
"A little hint about who the surprise guest will be for @JoeBiden's 3pm ET town hall today: (She's excited.)," Clinton wrote, sharing an image of her with Biden and former President Barack Obama in the Oval Office.
The allegations against Biden were not addressed at the virtual women's town hall.
Biden's campaign has denied the allegations.
However, Biden has been on at least a dozen TV interviews and has not directly denied Tara Reade's claims.
Clinton was a prominent player in the #MeToo movement, campaigning for women to speak up, stating that "You have a right to be heard. We're with you."
Despite the widespread media blackout, Democrat unrest over the Tara Reade allegations continues to grow.
Hardcore feminists struggle with the decision of "believing all women" or voting for the candidate that their party has selected to run against Donald Trump.
So-called "Bernie bros" are less than enthused with Biden, and Reade's accusations only pour cold water on that spirit.
Now, Politico reports that Reade's claims are gaining enough momentum to seriously damage Biden's campaign:
It started as a little noticed story in a small newspaper in Northern California last year, before Joe Biden had officially become a candidate for president.
Against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement, a local woman named Tara Reade said the former vice president had inappropriately touched her.
Her account got little traction during the Democratic primary. But roughly a year later — after Reade claimed sexual assault and new details surfaced in recent days — it has metastasized into a serious campaign liability, entering the political mainstream just as Biden seeks to unite a fractious Democratic Party behind him.
“Just getting pulled into that discussion harms Biden,” said Amanda Renteria, who was national political director of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. “Headlines matter no matter what the facts end up being. … This isn’t going away, obviously. And what you’ve learned in the last 48 hours is this is a narrative folks are going to want to push.”
After Business Insider published two on-the-record sources Monday saying Reade told them about the accusations years ago — resulting in a rush of follow-up media reports — Republicans quickly amplified Reade’s claims, and Democrats began reassessing the potential damage.
One Democratic strategist said, “Jumping from Daily Caller to CNN seems like a worrying trend.”
Biden has denied the accusations, and many Democrats, including Renteria, suspect they are politically motivated. But the drip of news is forcing high-profile senators, including potential vice presidential candidates, to defend Biden. At a minimum, it is altering Democrats’ messaging around the presidential campaign at a critical time.
Sens. Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar — both potential vice presidential selections — have praised Biden when asked about Reade’s allegations in recent interviews. So has Stacey Abrams, another vice presidential contender. Referring to The New York Times’ review of Reade’s accusations, she told The Daily Beast that “nothing in the Times review suggests anything other than what I already knew: That Joe Biden is a man of highest integrity who will make all women proud as our next president.”
On Tuesday, the day Clinton endorsed Biden, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, one of the most outspoken advocates of the #MeToo movement, was asked whether Democrats were contradicting themselves with their handling of Reade’s accusations and those against now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
“No, and I stand by Vice President Biden,” Gillibrand said on a conference call. “He’s devoted his life to supporting women, and he has vehemently denied this allegation.”
Some Democrats fear the accusation — even if it fails to stick with the electorate — could muddy a potent line of attack on President Donald Trump, who has been accused of sexual assault and misconduct by multiple women, and enable his allies to mount false equivalency attacks against Biden.
Even Shaun King, a far-left Black Lives Matter activist, has been trying to rally his followers around Tara Reade.
While COVID-19 has dominated the media headlines, eventually Tara Reade's story will be known to all Americans.
Will the mainstream media finally give it the coverage it deserves? Or will they be seen as enabling a sexual predator by covering up the story?