As Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegation against Joe Biden slowly gains traction, the New York Times has presented the 77-year-old’s presidential campaign with another hurdle it must overcome. (RELATED: Poll Reveals Biden Has Democrats Deeply Divided)
Per Fox News:
The New York Times rebuked the Biden campaign on Wednesday, telling Fox News that the reported talking points that have been circulated to prominent Democrats “inaccurately” describe the paper’s reporting on the candidate’s accuser Tara Reade.
“Buzzfeed reported on the existence of talking points being circulated by the Biden campaign that inaccurately suggest a New York Times investigation found that Tara Reade’s allegation ‘did not happen.’ Our investigation made no conclusion either way,” a spokesperson for the Times said in a statement. “As Buzzfeed correctly reported, our story found three former Senate aides whom Reade said she complained to contemporaneously, all of whom either did not remember the incident or said that it did not happen.”
The spokesperson continued, “The story also included former interns who remembered Reade suddenly changing roles and no longer overseeing them, which took place during the same time period that Reade said she was abruptly reassigned. The Times also spoke to a friend who said Reade told her the details of the allegation at the time; another friend and Reade’s brother say she told them of a traumatic sexual incident involving Biden.”
On Tuesday, BuzzFeed News reported that despite strong denials the campaign has issued to various media outlets, aides for former Vice President Joe Biden are taking Reade “seriously enough behind the scenes to coordinate messaging among other Democrats to try to cast the matter as one that’s been thoroughly vetted and determined to be unfounded.”
BuzzFeed News published two excerpts from the alleged talking points provided to them by two Democratic Party operatives. (RELATED: #MeToo Movement Turns Critical of Biden)
The first states: “Biden believes that all women have the right to be heard and to have their claims thoroughly reviewed. In this case, a thorough review by the New York Times has led to the truth: this incident did not happen.”
The statement continues: “Here’s the bottom line. Vice President Joe Biden has spent over 40 years in public life: 36 years in the Senate; 7 Senate campaigns, 2 previous presidential runs, two vice presidential campaigns, and 8 years in the White House. There has never been a complaint, allegation, hint or rumor of any impropriety or inappropriate conduct like this regarding him — ever.”
Given that Biden has framed the upcoming presidential election as a moral choice, it appears his campaign wants other Democrats to insinuate that Reade’s a liar, so they don’t have to.
This strategic response they hope will minimize the likelihood that Biden may have to address the allegations personally.
Some candidates jockeying to be on Biden’s VP shortlist have followed Team Biden’s script almost verbatim.
Video: On CNN, Stacey Abrams bashes Tara Reade — “I believe that women deserve to be heard….But I also believe that those allegations have to be investigated by credible sources. The New York Times did a deep investigation and they found that the accusation was not credible” pic.twitter.com/mi1QwJfiME
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) April 29, 2020