New York Times: Dismissing Tara Reade is 'Worth it’ So Joe Biden Can ‘Beat Trump'
Far-left writer writes Op-Ed that could signal the end of the #MeToo movement
Far-left activist and writer Linda Hirshman wrote in a New York Times op-ed that ignoring Joe Biden's sexual assault accuser Tara Reade is "worth it" so Biden can beat President Donald Trump in the election.
What's even more surprising that Hirshman wrote such cold Op-Ed dismissing victims of sexual abuse; is she is also the author of a book called “Reckoning: The Epic Battle Against Sexual Abuse and Harassment."
Reade accused Biden of sexually assaulting her in 1993, a claim which the former Vice President denies, and many Democrats have ignored.
“I believe Ms. Reade, and I’ll vote for Mr. Biden this fall,” Hirshman wrote.
“Suck it up and make the utilitarian bargain.”
Hirshman wrote in her Op-Ed:
All major Democratic Party figures have indicated they’re not budging on the presumptive nominee, and the transaction costs of replacing him would be suicidal. Barring some miracle, it’s going to be Mr. Biden.
So what is the greatest good or the greatest harm? Mr. Biden, and the Democrats he may carry with him into government, are likely to do more good for women and the nation than his competition, the worst president in the history of the Republic. Compared with the good Mr. Biden can do, the cost of dismissing Tara Reade — and, worse, weakening the voices of future survivors — is worth it.
Later, Hirshman implied Vice President Mike Pence was a problem because he “will not dine alone with a woman other than his wife.”
But Hirshman faced backlash for her op-ed.
Former journalist Natalie Johnson blasted Hirshman, writing:
“This is a disgusting slap in the face to anyone who’s been sexually assaulted, particularly to those brave enough to come forward only to be dragged through hell for doing so.”
This is a disgusting slap in the face to anyone who’s been sexually assaulted, particularly to those brave enough to come forward only to be dragged through hell for doing so. pic.twitter.com/TZAdBKI8D7— Natalie Johnson (@nataliejohnsonn) May 6, 2020
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Political commentator Stephen Miller declared that the Op-Ed signaled the end of the #MeToo movement.
The engraving on MeToo's headstone: pic.twitter.com/RfWMz98yV3— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) May 6, 2020
Former Politico and The New York Times writer, Martin Tolchin, wrote to The New York Times’ Editorial Board, blasting their recent call Biden to be investigated for sexual assault allegations.
I totally disagree with this editorial. I don’t want an investigation. I want a coronation of Joe Biden. Would he make a great president? Unlikely. Would he make a good president? Good enough. Would he make a better president than the present occupant? Absolutely. I don’t want justice, whatever that may be. I want a win, the removal of Donald Trump from office, and Mr. Biden is our best chance.
Suppose an investigation reveals damaging information concerning his relationship with Tara Reade or something else, and Mr. Biden loses the nomination to Senator Bernie Sanders or someone else with a minimal chance of defeating Mr. Trump. Should we really risk the possibility?
The writer is a former member of The Times’s Washington bureau and a founder of Politico.
Reade accused Biden of inappropriately touching her and penetrating her with his fingers while kissing her forcibly without her consent.
Biden has denied the allegations in their entirety.
“It happened all at once…his hands were on me and underneath my clothes,” Reade said.
Many Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren, and Stacey Abrams, have all endorsed Biden despite the increasingly credible sexual assault accusations.