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30 Apr, 2020 23:02

‘Joe Biden is Joe Biden’: Democratic establishment clashes with progressives over lockstep defense on Tara Reade allegations

‘Joe Biden is Joe Biden’: Democratic establishment clashes with progressives over lockstep defense on Tara Reade allegations

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's "boys will be boys"-type defense of 2020 Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden has half the internet raging at the party’s “hypocrisy,” while the other half demand the heads of the candidate's critics.

Pelosi delivered a tart rebuke on Thursday to a reporter’s query about how the party was (mis)handling former Senate staffer Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegations against Biden.

Insisting she had “complete respect for the #MeToo movement” and “a lot of excitement around the idea that women will be heard and will be listened to,” Pelosi countered with a mealy-mouthed appeal to “due process,” insisting “nobody ever came forward to say something” except Reade herself.

Reade did claim she not only filed a report with the Senate but complained to Biden’s secretary and two aides, and even CNN had seen a contemporaneous police report.

The fact that Joe Biden is Joe Biden…” Pelosi gushed, appearing to imply that the former vice president’s reputation should speak for itself before declaring that “the happiest day for me this week” was when she decided to endorse him.

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As the voice of the same Democratic Party that had made its unofficial slogan ‘Believe Women’ less than two years ago, when one woman after another came forward with appalling if unsubstantiated assault claims against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Pelosi’s apparent brush-off of the disturbing allegations against Biden upset many, who proceeded to vent on social media.

Others made a joke out of the rampant hypocrisy, or dug up old jokes even Democrats had made, back before Biden was running for president.

Plenty more still had the memory of Kavanaugh’s public crucifixion fresh in their minds.

Still, the media establishment’s faith in the infallibility of Saint Biden was beginning to fray at the edges, as evidenced by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes giving a few minutes of airtime to Reade’s claims on Wednesday night.

While he prefaced his coverage with a lengthy disclaimer and modulated his voice to heap scorn upon the accuser, it wasn’t enough for the Democratic faithful, who demanded the cable network #FireChrisHayes (and vowed to boycott it until then).

Some even claimed it was proof Hayes was working for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Progressives and conservatives were united in their scorn for the #MeToo crusaders turned partisan apologists.

It certainly seemed that MSNBC was spooked by the Biden Bros backlash, however, because the Hayes clip never made it to the network’s YouTube channel.

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