As Democrats search desperately for a way to ignore Tara Reade’s claims about Joe Biden without appearing hypocritical, I find it important to note Democrats’ treatment of Senator Al Franken.
In 2017, radio host Leeann Tweeden accused Franken of forcibly French kissing her during a USO tour of the Middle East in 2006. She produced a photo that appears to show Franken grabbing her breasts while she is asleep.
Under pressure from Democratic colleges in the Senate, Franken resigned three weeks later. He denied the accusations.
Let’s take a look at Joe Biden, who was accused of sexual assault and is seeking a higher office than that held by Franken.
The liberal media refrained from asking Biden to address Reade’s accusation for more than a month. Biden finally issued a statement denying the accusations, but has refused to release a trove of sealed documents from his Senate career that could shed light on the incident.
Biden continues to run for president with little pushback from the Democratic Party.
Ironically, Democrats are credited with launching the idea that all women who come forward with a sexual assault or sexual misconduct allegation be believed no matter what.
Writing in a NY Times column, Maureen Dowd noted that Democrats tend to “set standards that come back and bite them. They have created a cage of their own making.”
Now, Democrats are forced to choose between following their own rules and potentially losing the election to Trump, or supporting Biden despite the claims made against him.
Choosing the second option is Senator Kirstin Gillibrand (D-NY), a #MeToo leader who called on Franken to resign without the ethics investigation he asked for. This time around, after having dropped out of the presidential race and endorsing Biden, she is standing by the former Vice President in spite of Reade’s claims and is even headlining a campaign event titled “Women for Biden.”
“So when we say ‘believe women,’ it’s for this explicit intention of making sure there’s space for all women to come forward to speak their truth, to be heard,” said Gillibrand, noting that Reade’s claims have been investigated.
Biden has also been forced to backtrack earlier comments about women being believed no matter what. Now, he claims all women deserve to be “heard” and “vetted” rather than believed up front.
Editor’s Note: Franken was sacrificed in order to set the bar very high for the likes of Donald Trump and Bret Kavanaugh. And I do mean sacrificed. The only purpose in drumming him out was to demonstrate the “resolve” of the Democratic Party as they relentlessly attacked Trump. Now those “standards” are wilting under the realization that it might cost them the Presidency. Hypocrisy at its worst.