- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Tara Reade, the ex-Senate staffer who accused Joseph R. Biden of sexually assaulting her in the early 1990s, accused Hillary Clinton of “enabling a sexual predator” after the former secretary of state endorsed the former vice president’s presidential campaign Tuesday.

“I voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016,” Ms. Reade told Fox News. “I voted for her in the primary. I’m a lifelong Democrat. But yet, what I see now is someone enabling a sexual predator, and it was my former boss, Joe Biden, who raped me.

Hillary Clinton has a history of enabling powerful men to cover up their sexual predatory behaviors and their inappropriate sexual misconduct,” she continued. “We don’t need that for this country. We don’t need that for our new generation coming up that wants institutional rape culture to change.

“I will not be smeared, dismissed or ignored,” she added. “I stand in truth, and I will keep speaking out.”

Ms. Reade alleges that Mr. Biden pinned her against a wall and penetrated her with his fingers without her consent in his Senate office in 1993 when she worked for him. So far, four people have corroborated parts of Ms. Reade’s story, claiming she told them about the alleged incident at the time. She filed a report with the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department this month, though the statute of limitations has passed.

Mr. Biden’s campaign has vehemently denied Ms. Reade’s accusations, but the former vice president has not personally spoken about it and has not been asked about it in the multiple interviews and virtual town halls he’s participated in during the coronavirus pandemic.

The allegation was also not addressed during Tuesday’s town hall, which had a special focus on women’s issues.

“I’m thrilled to be here with Joe from my home and his home during the very crazy, scary times that we find ourselves in to support his candidacy,” Mrs. Clinton said at the event. “And to talk about this really significant issue about women during this time of COVID-19 and how we need to learn from what is happening.”

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