MSNBC: Biden Sexual Assault Accusations Are a 'Republican Smear Campaign'
Nicole Wallace says Tara Reade's accusations just a political ploy
MSNBC host Nicole Wallace said that Tara Reade's sexual assault accusations against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden were nothing more than a smear campaign designed by Republicans.
Reade accused the former vice president of sexually assaulting her in 1993, which Biden recently denied.
Reade said Biden kissed, groped, and digitally penetrated her during an unwanted sexual advance in the nation’s Capitol.
But Wallace, who's network put out biased coverage against Brett Kavanaugh's sexual assault allegations last year, said Reade's accusations were nothing more than a political ploy.
“Let me just say this to you having once been a part of the Republican Party," Wallace said.
"The right isn’t running an intellectually honest operation to get to the bottom of whether Tara Reade was victimized. The right is running a smear campaign against Joe Biden,” she added.
Wallace then predictably tired to bring President Donald Trump into the controversy over Biden.
“The right wants to create some sort of equal playing field on which Donald Trump’s more than two dozen, or nearly two dozen accusers, sort of have some company on the other side,” she said.
MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace:— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 1, 2020
"The right isn't running an intellectually honest operation to get to the bottom of whether Tara Reade was victimized. The right is running a smear campaign against Joe Biden." pic.twitter.com/G0QUf9iryN
“She was thrown off The View like a dog, Zero T.V. Personas. Now Wallace is a 3rd rate lapdog for Fake News MSDNC (Concast). Doesn’t have what it takes!” Trump wrote.
She was thrown off The View like a dog, Zero T.V. Personas. Now Wallace is a 3rd rate lapdog for Fake News MSDNC (Concast). Doesn’t have what it takes! https://t.co/F8azYEJHm5— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 2, 2020
Law professor Anita Hill argued that a neutral investigation is needed.
“Joe Biden has denied Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegations, but that should not be the end of the inquiry,” she said in a statement, according to The Times.
“Without these essential elements, uncertainty about who to believe and whether it matters will continue,” she said.
“How we proceed comes down to whether we take allegations of sexual violations seriously enough to insist that public institutions have fair procedures in place that protect individuals’ rights to come forward and the rights of those who are accused to defend themselves.”
“The right is not running the same operation that the Democrats are running, which is to try to, as you just articulated, Andrea, have some consistency around statements that I think just about every elected Democrat has made about women in the context of the #MeToo movement,” Wallace said.
“So everyone should proceed with caution about statements made around this on the right,” she added.
Last week, Reade said she was now ready to "testify under oath" regarding her rape allegations against the Democratic 2020 presidential candidate.
Reade also called on Biden to release documents of his time in the Senate, during which says she filed an official complaint alleging that Biden kissed her, touched her, and penetrated her with his fingers without her consent.