The woman who has accused now-President Joe Biden of sexual assault is speaking out in the wake of his inauguration.
Tara Reade told the Daily Caller News Foundation Wednesday that she found the ceremony “unspeakably hard” to watch, even as a progressive.
“I stand in solidarity with all survivors coming up against such power,” Reade told the outlet. “Instead of talking about saving the country’s soul he should be held accountable for his actions.”
She went on: “The hard part is I believe in many policies that will move forward as I am a progressive independent, but it is unspeakably hard to watch the man who assaulted me go to the most powerful position in the land. ”
“Yet another difficult day”
Reade first came forward with her allegations of sexual assault against Biden in March 2020. The former Senate staffer says the incident took place in 1993, when Biden was a U.S. senator from Delaware.
Biden has since maintained his innocence, at one point even asserting that what Reade alleges “never happened,” according to the Daily Caller.
But Reade isn’t backing down.
“Today is yet again another difficult day for survivors of sexual violence,” she tweeted Wednesday, the same day as Biden’s inauguration. “While I’m thankful Trump was defeated, the idea of the man who assaulted me as our president is still terribly painful.”
Today is yet again another difficult day for survivors of sexual violence. While I’m thankful Trump was defeated, the idea of the man who assaulted me as our president is still terribly painful. I will be sharing resources for survivors today for #Inauguration2021
— Tara Reade 🦋 (@ReadeAlexandra) January 20, 2021
“I will not be silenced”
Reade went on to tell the Daily Caller News Foundation that coming forward with her story was “excruciating.”
“Coming forward about being sexually harassed and assaulted in 1993 when I was Joe Biden’s staffer was excruciating on so many levels,” she reportedly said. “Biden used his power and resources with certain media to erase me and silence me.”
But if Reade has anything to do with it, the Biden camp won’t be able to keep her suppressed for long. “I will not be silenced,” she told the Daily Caller.