New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) suddenly resigned under immense pressure this week following the release of a damning attorney general’s report that corroborated numerous allegations of sexual misconduct by the governor against current and former state employees.
Now, Fox News reports that Tara Reade, a former Senate aide to Joe Biden who has accused him of sexually assaulting her back in 1993, is calling for the president to follow in Cuomo’s footsteps.
In addition to demanding that Biden resign in shame, Reade is also leveling furious criticism at the #MeToo-inspired Time’s Up organization, which purports to represent women accusing powerful figures of sexual misconduct, but was found to have been secretly providing Cuomo with advice on discrediting at least one of his accusers.
Reade speaks out
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Fox, Reade said her “heart is with” the women who have claimed they faced sexual harassment at the hands of Cuomo, who will leave office by the end of this month.
“My heart is with the brave Cuomo survivors who endured attempts to discredit them like I did coming forward about Joe Biden with the help of non-profits that were supposed to help women like Time’s Up,” Reade said, according to Fox.
“May there be some measure of justice for the survivors,” she added. “Now, let’s call for a real investigation into Joe Biden and expose the corruption protecting powerful predators.”
Reade went on to excoriate Time’s Up for what she called “the most hideous betrayal, to protect their most powerful friends and not only not protect survivors but cause harm.”
“I hope for justice”
While defenders of Cuomo and his counterpart in Washington may disagree, Reade has a point about Time’s Up. According to the Associated Press, Roberta Kaplan, the now-former chair of the group’s legal defense fund, resigned in disgrace herself on Monday after it was revealed in the report on Cuomo that she had secretly advised him as part of a coordinated effort by the governor’s office to discredit the first woman who came forward against him.
That accuser was Lindsay Boylan, a former economics adviser to Cuomo.
The New York Post reports that Boylan is now calling upon the CEO and president of Time’s Up, Tina Tchen, who was once chief of staff to former first lady Michelle Obama, to also step down over the organization’s now-revealed role in “silencing” and “diminishing survivors” instead of assisting them.
“The revelations and Cuomo’s resignation is a signal to the powerful men with nasty behavior that survivors’ voices will be heard and their behavior no longer rewarded. Not from a governor and not from the president of the United States,” Reade told Fox this week.
“I hope for justice. Cuomo resigned today and Biden should also resign,” she added.