(PoliticalLookout.Com)- The New York Times is one of the most rabidly far-left media outlets in America, so if even they are suggesting that the Democrats have a problem with Joe Biden, you know there’s something seriously wrong. On Sunday, the NYT published an op-ed that argued the Democrats should dump former Vice President Joe Biden as their (presumptive) presidential nominee, over the allegations coming from his former staffer Tara Reade.
Reade alleges that, in 1993, Biden sexually assaulting her in a corridor. Reade says that Biden touched, kissed, and penetrated her with his fingers, without her consent.
It took weeks for Biden to officially response, but at the end of April, he was forced to go public with his denial of the claims.
Elizabeth Bruenig argued in the New York Times that while nobody knows with any certainty whether the claims against Biden are true, one thing that she does know is that the “Democrats ought to start considering a backup plan for 2020.”
“Ms. Reade’s account is not nearly as incredible as some have argued,” she writes. “In the course of my reporting, I have worked closely with many survivors of sexual assault. It isn’t unusual, in my experience, for survivors to exhibit behavior that seems unstable or erratic to others. They may initially disclose to investigators or journalists only a fragment of what happened, and then reveal more over time.”
Bruenig also says that some victims even eventually falsely recant on their claims, either because they feel like the police don’t believe them, or because they fear the potential consequences of making the claims.
In a recently unearthed clip from the Larry King Show on CNN from the mid-1990s, Tara Reade’s mother can be heard as a caller of the show suggesting that her daughter was unsure about how to handle an incident with a “prominent senator.” Reade has told several friends in confidence over the years about what happened, as we have learned through several media reports when her friends came forward, but she only really went public in March.
Bruenig argues that it is possible “that this won’t just go away, and that it will demoralize voters and place Mr. Biden at a disadvantage against Mr. Trump in the general election, despite the fact that Mr. Trump has a damning list of accusers alleging sexual offenses.”
Bruenig is in a minority. The Democratic establishment overwhelmingly endorses Joe Biden, so even in the face of new evidence, it looks like Biden probably will be the Democrats’ nominee this year.