President Joe Biden has attracted some criticism from both sides of the aisle for refusing to emphatically call on embattled Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign amid mounting claims of sexual misconduct.
Of course, Biden faced his own allegations during his presidential campaign — and now accuser Tara Reade is slamming him for “pretending to care” about the women who have displayed bravery in coming forward with their claims.
“It takes a lot of courage”
Reade, whose accusations against Biden were largely downplayed by the mainstream media, went public with her latest remarks in the aftermath of a recent ABC News interview.
Biden told anchor George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday evening that he believes “a woman should be presumed telling the truth and should not be scapegoated and become victimized by her coming forward,” though he maintained his position that an ongoing investigation into the Cuomo claims should be completed before he forms a determination about Cuomo’s political future.
“It takes a lot of courage for a woman to come forward,” the president added. “Some are not — anyway, takes a lot of courage to come forward.”
For Reade, however, there was notably less praise and encouragement when she came forward than for the seven women who have made claims of varying severity against Cuomo in recent weeks.
Despite paying lip service to those accusers, Biden has failed to join other high-profile Democrats — including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) — in calling for Cuomo to step down.
“A predator, not an ally”
Instead, the president to Stephanoupolos that the governor should resign if the investigation corroborates his accusers — adding that Cuomo would probably “end up being prosecuted” under such a scenario.
Reade reacted to the interview by comparing Biden to a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” in issuing the pointed response to Cuomo’s explosive scandal.
She went on to say that the president is “pretending to care but meanwhile he used his resources to silence and smear,” further denouncing Biden as “a predator, not an ally, of women.”
Reade has blamed members of both political parties for turning her story into a partisan weapon, claiming that the GOP attempted to use her to attack Biden while Democrats sought to discredit her or ignore her claims altogether.
Biden maintained his innocence in response to the claims from his former Senate staffer, insisting in May: “It is not true, I am saying unequivocally it never, never happened and it didn’t. It never happened.”