Pelosi Slams Joe Biden's Rape Allegation: 'It Didn't Happen'
House speaker insists Tara Reade's sexual assault accusation is 'a closed issue'
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has shut down allegations of sexual assault levied against Joe Biden by his former staffer Tara Reade, claiming that the alleged rape "didn't happen."
During an MSNBC interview on Tuesday, Speaker Pelosi appeared to show frustration over being asked about the sexual assault allegation against Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Pelosi declared that she believes Biden "when he says it didn’t happen," telling host Ari Melber that she was "not going to answer this question again."
"Joe Biden speaking out, just days ago on that allegation of a sexual assault," Melber said.
"Now that he has given that answer, do you view this as a closed issue, and what is your response?"
"Well, it is for me. I have said, I am proud to support Joe Biden for president," Pelosi responded.
"I believe him when he says it didn’t happen, but I also believe him when he said let them look into the records and that’s what they should do," Pelosi continued.
"But, I’m not going to answer this question again," she seethed.
Pelosi says she’s not going to answer anymore questions on Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegations against Biden.— Cameron Cawthorne (@Cam_Cawthorne) May 5, 2020
“I believe him when he says it didn’t happen...I have every confidence that Joe Biden will be a great president.”pic.twitter.com/A3ePbULyen
Biden's former Senate staffer, Tara Reade, accused the then-Delaware senator of pinning her up against a wall and sexually assaulting her when she worked for him in 1993.
"It happened all at once…his hands were on me and underneath my clothes," Reade said as she described the alleged assault.
"He went down my skirt but then up inside it, and he penetrated me with his fingers, and he was kissing me at the same time, and he was saying something to me.
"He said several things. I can’t remember everything he said."
There is actually more evidence supporting Reade's allegations against Biden than there was evidence for the allegation that Christine Blasey Ford made against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
In contrast, Blasey Ford was given a globally televised stage to make her allegations, which were fully investigated by the FBI.
The taxpayer-funded investigation into Kavanaugh found no evidence of foul play, however.
MSNBC’s ARI MELBER:"Joe Biden speaking out, just days ago on that allegation of a sexual assault.
"Now that he has given that answer, do you view this as a closed issue and what is your response?”
NANCY PELOSI:"Well, it is for me.
"I have said, I am proud to support Joe Biden for president.
"I believe him when he says it didn’t happen, but I also believe him when he said let them look into the records and that’s what they should do.
"But, I’m not going to answer this question again.
"I will just say, I have every confidence that Joe Biden will be a great president of the Untied States, not only because of the person of integrity that he is, but the person of vision that he is for just some of the things you talked about.
"About healthcare for all Americans, about job security, about the kitchen table issues that he’s so familiar with in his own family when his father lost his own job.
"Joe Biden is Joe and again, he brings those values and his personal experience to a vision for America that is about fairness and not trickle-down economics, but bubble-up from that kitchen table from working families in our country.
"And now we hope to have in the [inaudible] of reflection of meeting the needs of everyone in our country and not trickle-down or have science and the search and science that’s dominated anything other than by the best possible science and I salute or scientists for what they are doing.”