Once again, Joe Biden’s record is coming back to haunt him.
In 1991, just two years before Tara Reade says the then-senator sexually assaulted her, Biden voted against creating a Senate watchdog office specifically designed to address concerns of sexual harassment, according to a new report from the Daily Caller.
Biden says no
The world was changing pretty dramatically in the 1990s, and as such, the Senate was looking to roll with the times. When a proposal was made to establish the Office of Senate Fair Employment Practices, though, Joe Biden cast a vote against it.
According to the Daily Caller, proposition came about after a congressional inquiry into Anita Hill’s allegations of sexual misconduct against now-Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. The allegations were brought to the forefront in Thomas’ confirmation hearings, which were chaired by Biden himself.
Soon after, Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley (IA) proposed legislation that, according to the Daily Caller, would have created “procedures to protect the right of Senate and other government employees…to be free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability.”
The measure ultimately “passed by a voice vote,” according to the Washington Free Beacon, meaning Joe Biden’s specific objections to the measure weren’t officially recorded.
However, Sen. Warren Rudman (R-NH), who also opposed the bill, said at the time that it would put “everyone here…in jeopardy,” the Free Beacon reported, according to the Daily Caller.
What about Tara?
Of course, this does not prove either way whether Joe Biden assaulted Tara Reade, but it does poke a pretty big hole in his claim that he has always been a champion of women.
Meanwhile, members of the former vice president’s party are doing everything they can to get Reade’s allegations to go away. Virtually every powerful Democrat has come out to say that Joe Biden is an honorable man and that we should be taking his word on this — including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), as the New York Post notes.
They are all clutching their pearls at the thought of allowing anyone to go through Biden’s Senate records, yet they chose to use a high school yearbook quote against Brett Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court nomination hearings in the fall of 2018.
Biden’s campaign wants this to go away, but that is not going to happen until a more thorough investigation takes place.
Unlike those who made allegations against Kavanaugh, Reade has people who have corroborated her claims, as Fox News reports. She deserves a much deeper dive into her allegations than what she’s gotten thus far — whether Dems like it or not.