- The Washington Times - Friday, May 1, 2020

Former Senate staffer Tara Reade says she no longer views complaints of media bias to be “a Republican talking point” after experiencing it with her sexual assault accusations against Joseph R. Biden.

Ms. Reade gave an exclusive interview to Buzzfeed News in April in relation to claims that Mr. Biden used his fingers to sexually assault her in 1993 while he was still a senator.

“I used to think that a Republican talking point was to call the mainstream media biased,” she said for the interview published Thursday evening. “So I used to think, Oh, that’s just a talking point for them. I don’t believe it. But now I’m living it [in] real time, and I see it — like, I see it for what it is.”

Ms. Reade, who supported Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren in the Democratic primary elections, says she is “politically homeless” as a result of the media’s coverage of the former vice president.

The 56-year-old added that she was particularly stunned by the reactions of high-profile women in the Democratic Party.

“It was really devastating when [Kirsten] Gillibrand and Stacey Abrams and Hillary Clinton, all on the same day, just basically implied my story wasn’t true and they believe Joe Biden,” Ms. Reade told Buzzfeed News. “I can’t describe to you what that felt like. … They didn’t just say, ‘Oh, we’re standing with Joe Biden until we hear more.’ They just discounted me. They marginalized me. They said they didn’t believe me.”

Ms. Reade said she was brought to tears over the experience because “they’ve been figures that I looked up to.”

The Biden campaign, facing growing pressure to address the accusations, appeared Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“They aren’t true,” the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said of the claims against him. “This never happened.”

Mr. Biden stressed that his life is “an open book, there is nothing to hide,” although records held by the University of Delaware would remain sealed because they “do not contain personnel files.”

“It is the practice of senators to establish a library of personal papers that document their public record: speeches, policy proposals, positions taken, and the writing of bills,” he said.

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