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Turning sexual assault into a politically partisan issue

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Joe Biden is facing allegations of sexual assault made by Tara Reade, a former staffer when he was a senator in the mid-1990s. Biden’s pretty much been allowed to ignore these allegations so far, even as pressure mounts on him to finally address them. For the record, I have no problem with considering Biden innocent until proven guilty. It’s the hypocrisy of pushing the MeToo movement values against Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings while running away from them as fast as they can in Biden’s case, which I find so wrong. At the same time, Democrats are bending themselves into pretzels trying to explain how Biden’s case is very different from Kavanaugh’s.

For some reason, most Democrats see Biden as their best chance to defeat Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential race. Up until now, the legacy media has formed a bit of a barricade around the Democrat’s presumptive nominee for president by simply ignoring the Reade story altogether, a privilege they did not afford now-Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh during his confirmation process.

That means nothing can get in the way of Joe Biden before the ballot this November. Thus, guys like Martin Tolchin, a co-founder of Politico and The Hill, as well as a former member of The Times’ Washington bureau, is willing to admit, “’I don’t want justice’: Politico founder wants President Biden even if he’s a sexual predator.” But it’s not just him, it’s many Democrats in general. Despite Reade having significantly more evidence supporting her claim, the Daily Caller (May 7) found the following Democratic 2020 Senate candidates have refused to acknowledge the sexual assault allegations against Joe Biden: Sara Gideon, Amy McGrath, Doug Jones, Gary Peters, Theresa Greenfield, John Hickenlooper and Steve Bullock.

The double standard in how corporate media outlets treated unfounded, uncorroborated allegations against Kavanaugh and their outright denial of the mere existence of the much more credible and detailed allegations against Biden borders on the criminally absurd. Ironically, in 2018, 71 percent of Democrats said a sexual assault committed in high school should disqualify someone from being a Supreme Court justice. However, in 2020, only 30 percent of Democrats say a sexual assault committed when someone was a senator should disqualify that person from the presidency. These questions are from the same pollster, asked in almost the exact same way and assume the allegations have been proven. They have nothing to do with either Christine Blasey Ford’s or Tara Reade’s credibility. Further, less than two weeks after the Brett Kavanaugh allegations broke, the public was much more aware of them than they are of the allegations against Joe Biden today - six weeks after Tara Reade was interviewed by Katie Halper.

The graph showing this is a perfect picture of turning potential sexual assault — an egregious crime — into a politically partisan issue. As an aside, a disheartening 55 percent of Republicans also seemed to believe that Biden’s history doesn’t disqualify him from running for president.

It’s amazing how anything goes when you stand for nothing.

1) YouGov/Economist polls, Sept. 23 - 25, 2018 (Kavanaugh) and May 3 - 5, 2020 (Biden).