Ilhan Omar Says She Believes Tara Reade But Will Vote for Biden Anyway
'Believing survivors is consistent with my values'
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) said she believes Joe Biden's former Senate staffer Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegations, but will vote for him anyway.
Omar wrote on social media:
“Believing survivors is consistent with my values."
“Yes, I endorsed against Biden, and I didn’t pick him as our nominee. With that said, in this interview I did on May 6th, we talked about that, and quotes aren’t always in context," she said.
"I will vote for him and help him defeat Trump.”
“I do believe Reade,” the Minnesota Democrat told the newspaper.
“Justice can be delayed, but should never be denied.”
Omar added that if it were up to her, Biden would not be the Democratic nominee.
Omar’s remarks echo that of a New York Times Op-Ed earlier this month, which suggested ignoring Biden's sexual assault accuser Tara Reade is "worth it" so Biden can beat President Donald Trump in the election.
Writer Linda Hirshman wrote:
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.
Reade accused Biden of sexually assaulting her in 1993, a claim which the former Vice President denies 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.
Believing survivors is consistent with my values. Yes, I endorsed against Biden and I didn’t pick him as our nominee. With that said, in this interview I did on May 6th, we talked about that and quotes aren’t always in context. I will vote for him and help him defeat Trump.— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) May 25, 2020
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) admitted that Reade’s allegation “certainly seems as though something has happened.”
“There have been investigative journalists that have corroborated certain aspects of her account — that is undeniable — [and] have raised questions about other aspects of her account,” Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview with NPR.
“I’m not sure. Frankly, this is a messy moment, and I think we need to acknowledge that — that it is not clear-cut.”
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 insisting they “never happened.”
“I recognize my responsibility to be a voice, an advocate, and a leader for the change in culture that has begun but is nowhere near finished,” Biden wrote in a Medium post.
“So I want to address allegations by a former staffer that I engaged in misconduct 27 years ago.
"They aren’t true. This never happened.”