“I Don’t Need A Lecture”: Pelosi Praises Biden For His Response To Sexual Assault Allegations Despite Biden Not Responding

220px-nancy_pelosiSpeaker Nancy Pelosi went on CNN to praise former Vice President Joe Biden for his response to the sexual assault allegations by former Biden staffer Tara Reade.  Biden however has not personally responded to the allegations and continues to refuse to release his Senate documents being kept under key by the University of Delaware.  We previously disclosed the glaring disconnect in the positions of Democrats like Pelosi in prior demands that women “must be believed” when the allegations were directed by Justice Brett Kavanaugh.  Pelosi also supported Bill Clinton through his various allegations by multiple women ranging from sexual harassment to rape. Update: When confronted on the story, Pelosi snapped “I don’t need a lecture.”

Pelosi told CNN

“Well, I have great sympathy for any women who brings forth an allegation; I’m a big strong supporter of the #MeToo movement. I think it’s made a great contribution to our country and I do support Joe Biden. I’m satisfied with how he has responded, I know him, I was proud to endorse him Monday, very proud to endorse him, so I’m satisfied with that.”

Pelosi was praising Biden for his response as even liberal media outlets are running editorials  and columns calling for Biden to respond rather than continue his silence. More importantly, Pelosi is not calling upon Biden to release his official papers and the media is not pressing her on these points.

Once again, I have always maintained that women need to be heard and taken seriously in raising these allegations.  I have also objected to those who would toss aside due process and simply accept accusations without investigation. Notably, while most are remaining silent and refusing to respond to media inquiries, some Democrats are now adopting that approach for Biden and, rather than saying that Reade must be believed, they are now saying that she must be heard.  Biden supporter Alyssa Milano tweeted out “I hear and see you, Tara.”  She notably did not say “I believe you,” in sharp contrast with the Ford allegation.  During the Kavanaugh hearing, some of us were slammed for not treating the Ford allegations as per se dispositive.  Now Pelosi is adopting the same position that accusers deserve to be heard and taken seriously but not categorically believed.

In the meantime, when Chris Hayes asked for a response from Biden on the sexual assault allegation, MSNBC viewers have called for him to be fired.  There is nothing more jarring in echo journalism than a dissonant note, even when asking for a simple direct response from a politician accused of rape.

 

131 thoughts on ““I Don’t Need A Lecture”: Pelosi Praises Biden For His Response To Sexual Assault Allegations Despite Biden Not Responding”

  1. After listening to Botox Pelosi It just goes to show there are standards and they only apply to Democrats it says you can get away with everything

  2. Written about Joe Biden (the known “lout”) back in 2008….which suggests it is entirely in line with his known ‘character’ for Biden to have done what Tara Reade alleges he did….

    “Biden is a notorious flapjaw. His vanity deludes him into believing that every word that drops from his mouth is minted in the golden currency of Pericles. Vanity is the most conspicuous characteristic of US Senators en bloc, nourished by deferential acolytes and often expressed in loutish sexual advances to staffers, interns and the like. On more than one occasion CounterPunch’s editors have listened to vivid accounts by the recipient of just such advances, this staffer of another senator being accosted by Biden in the well of the senate in the weeks immediately following his first wife’s fatal car accident.”

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/04/28/biden-the-lout/

    1. “On more than one occasion CounterPunch’s editors have listened to vivid accounts by the recipient of just such advances, this staffer of another senator being accosted by Biden in the well of the senate in the weeks immediately following his first wife’s fatal car accident.”

      Joe Biden, the known ‘lout’…..

    1. Well just because Biden has lied about a lot of other stuff, doesn’t mean he cant tell the truth about this incident

      that is if he talks and we know he hasnt and probably wont

      I mean he does have the fifth amendment right to avoid self incrimination– but considering the statute of limitations has run, on second thought, does he? here’s a good research question for the clerks. get busy kids!

  3. Valid proof that sexual abuse didn’t happen:

    “I didn’t do it” Matt Lauer
    “I didn’t do it” Harvey Weinstein
    “I didn’t do it” Joe Biden

  4. For anyone who might have missed this article:

    ‘Democrats Will Have To Answer Questions About Tara Reade. The Biden Campaign Is Advising Them To Say Her Story “Did Not Happen.”’

    “Joe Biden has yet to personally address Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegation, but his campaign has circulated talking points.”

    by Ruby Cramer &
    Rosie Gray
    BuzzFeed News Reporters

    Posted on April 28, 2020, at 7:54 p.m. ET

    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/rubycramer/joe-biden-tara-reade-talking-points-campaign-defense

  5. There is compelling evidence that Joe Biden has been completely exonerated of any claims by Tara Reade. And that evidence is Hillary Clinton’s endorsement of Biden. There cannot be any circumstances in which Hillary Clinton would endorse a candidate who had committed any illegal act against a woman, had abused any woman, or was even disrespectful toward any woman. Nothing more need be said.

  6. https://reason.com/2020/04/30/on-biden-sexual-assault-allegation-silence-then-hypocrisy/?utm_medium=email

    On Biden Sexual Assault Allegation, Silence Then Hypocrisy

    Elizabeth Nolan Brown 4.30.2020 9:52 AM

    After all but ignoring sexual assault allegations made against former Vice President Joe Biden, many famous figures in the #MeToo movement are now rushing to the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s defense or suddenly discovering the importance of nuance and restraint in discussing unproven allegations.

    New testimony from people who knew her in the early 1990s suggests that Tara Reade complained privately of being sexually assaulted by Biden in 1993 when she worked as a staff assistant in his Senate office. Those accounts have proven especially problematic for women rumored to be on Biden’s shortlist for vice president.

    Former presidential candidate and Sen. Kamala Harris (D–Calif.) said last year that she believed three women (Lucy Flores, Caitlyn Caruso, and D.J. Hill) who accused Biden of inappropriate touching or kissing. “I believe them and I respect them being able to tell their story and having the courage to do it,” Harris said at an April 2, 2019, event for her presidential campaign.

    But now that she’s allegedly among Biden’s top choices for VP (and regularly doing digital events with him), Harris has nothing to say about the Reade allegation and has gone full “We have to do everything we can to elect Joe Biden.”

    Sen. Kamala Harris: “We have to do everything we can to elect Joe Biden.” pic.twitter.com/yDBJxvgeEt

    Continued…

  7. Today:

    Glenn Greenwald
    @ggreenwald

    “Do Democrats view #MeToo as a vital cause driven by principle and justice, or as a cynical partisan toy to weaponize against their political enemies even if it means publicly branding female accusers as liars?

    Watch and decide for yourself:”

    [Ari Melber vid]

    https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1255882988077842432

  8. The VAST majority of sexual assault and “DV” accusations made by women are false and are made only for money and/or revenge. However, Biden’s long history of very publicly documented inappropriate conduct leaves me wondering here….

  9. The Democrats of today represent office-seekers that have absolutely no principle.

    Potential Democratic VPs supported Kavanaugh accuser, now must grapple with Biden allegations
    Some of the women on the veep list have already expressed support for Biden against the Reade allegations.
    By Nicholas Ballasy

    April 30, 2020 – 11:08am

    Potential vice presidential nominee picks for Joe Biden who are defending him against a sexual assault allegation from a former Senate staffer supported Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations against Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court confirmation battle.

    The presumptive Democratic nominee for president, who has vowed to pick a female running mate, hasn’t been directly asked about the allegation made by former Senate staffer Tara Reade and he has yet to publicly address the situation. Reade has accused Biden of assaulting her on Capitol Hill in 1993.

    https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/elections/bidens-potential-vp-picks-defend-him-against-sexual-misconduct-allegation

  10. McCarthy calls Pelosi a ‘hypocrite’ for defending Biden against sexual misconduct allegation
    “Joe Biden has not responded to it. You can’t say one thing about every other time she’s commented about any accusation and now say it’s OK,” McCarthy said

    “”She’s being a hypocrite. You cannot say that Joe Biden — if you’re just taking it on its nature — has she ever talked to Tara Reade? Has she ever looked into it? Joe Biden has not responded to it. You can’t say one thing about every other time she’s commented about any accusation and now say it’s OK,” McCarthy said during a conference call with reporters.

    “She endorsed Joe Biden after knowing the Tara Reid situation. So did anybody follow up with a question to the speaker? When you went to endorse Joe Biden, did you first look at this? And if she thinks his lack of response is a good enough response, when to me, that’s being a hypocrite based upon the past comments she made on other situations similar to this,” he added.”

    https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/elections/mccarthy-calls-pelosi-hypocrite-defending-biden-against-sexual-misconduct

  11. Pelosi does not want anyone to broach subjects she dislikes. She does this all the time: shuts down reporters when they ask questions.

    Q: “How do Democrats square they’re essentially standing by Biden but they’re using a comparatively different standard with Kavanaugh when you demanded an investigation on Justice Kavanaugh–?”

    Pelosi: “I respect your question and I don’t need a lecture or a speech.”

    The Hill

    1. reporters are obnoxious as a habit. it’s ok Pelosi cut her off. I like it when Trump cuts them off too.

  12. Pelotsee is 80 years old, drinking in honki tonks, kicking hippie’s asses and raisin hell.
    She sure do like: that Falstaff Beer. Likes to wash it down with…that Wild Turkey liquor.
    She’s got a 57 GMC Pickup truck. With a gun rack! Roper sports need love too sticker!

    And it’s Up against the wall redneck demos.

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