Fox News anchor Chris Wallace is predicting Tara Reade, who accused Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden of sexual assault, will disappear from the election narrative soon. Citing President Donald Trump’s accusers who ended up never making an impact, Wallace doesn’t believe Reade will be around by November.
That is, of course, if Reade allows the mainstream media to sweep her story under the rug. The real challenge will be getting Americans to remember her in six months.
Reade’s story could disappear
Appearing on Fox News on Friday, Wallace said, “I’m not sure she’s going to be around for six months. She’s told her story, people will make of it what they will, but there is not any hard fact that there was the sexual assault.”
“There is certainly some contemporaneous statements by her at the time if not immediately and 1993 and you get the statement from the ex-husband in 1986, but that cuts both ways because, on one hand, he says it was sexual harassment, saying nothing about sexual assault,” Wallace said, according to Breitbart News.
Wallace continued, saying, “I think the Tara Reade story disappears like the Christine Blasey Ford story disappeared and the women who made allegations against President Trump, that their stories disappeared over time.”
Reade has said that she has received harassment and death threats from angry Democrats. The harassment got so bad for Reade that she canceled a planned interview in the beginning of May with “Fox News Sunday,” causing some to lose confidence in her story.
New evidence for Reade
A court document filed in 1996 surfaced this week that confirms Reade told her ex-husband about being sexually harassed while working as a staffer for Joe Biden. The document does not accuse Joe Biden specifically or mention the alleged sexual assault.
Reade’s attorney, Douglas Wigdor said, “The affidavit from Ms. Reade’s ex-husband is further support that Ms. Reade was sexually assaulted and sexually harassed by then Senator Joe Biden. Ms. Reade’s account of what happened will shortly be aired in an interview by Megyn Kelly and I am confident that the American public will see her genuine veracity.”
On Friday, former Today star Megyn Kelly released an interview with Reade — Reade’s first on-camera interview about her allegation. It’s worth a watch:
Despite being met with doubts and disbelief by many, Reade is sticking to her story. “He [Biden] holds himself up as a champion of women, but the fact remains that his personal life did not reflect his public life. I want him to address it, and admit it, and modify his behavior, and step down,” she said on May 1.
That statement will be prime ad material for President Trump’s reelection campaign. Joe Biden has turned into a nightmare for Democrats who had hoped to use President Trump’s past against him.
But Wallace may be right in the end — if Reade fails to act she will be forgotten in six months. Hopefully, the new evidence will keep her story front and center.