An aide to Joe Biden when he was a Democratic senator filed a criminal complaint accusing the former Vice President of sexually assaulting her in the early 1990s, as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominees campaign is denying the charges; plus, more of today’s top stories and Democratic election politics.
Former staffer files criminal complaint against Biden over sexual assault allegations
Tara Reade, a former aide to Joe Biden when he was a Senator representing the state of Delaware, filed a police report last Thursday accusing the former Vice President of sexually assaulting her in the spring of 1993.
Reade claims that Biden pinned her against the wall in the basement of the Capitol Hill office building and assaulted her.
Reade filed a criminal complaint against Biden with the Washington Metropolitan Police Department. The statute of limitations has run out on any criminal charges over the alleged incident. However, Reade said she filed the report for “safety reasons.”
“I filed a police report for safety reasons only,” Reade wrote in a tweet. “All crim [sic] stats beyond limitations. Gratitude for all who have stood by me.”
“I have been smeared and called vile names by Biden supporters,” Reade tweeted. “I was also accused of being called a Russian agent. I am not. I will continue to speak out.”
Recalling the incident
“He was whispering to me and trying to kiss me at the same time, and he was saying, ‘Do you want to go somewhere else?’’’ Reade said, recalling the encounter. “I remember wanting to say stop, but I don’t know if I said it out loud or if I just thought it. I was kind of frozen up.”
Reade added that she pulled away and claims Biden looked “shocked and surprised,” and allegedly replied, “Come on, man, I heard you liked me.”
Reade claims that, around the time of the incident, she filed a written report with a Senate personnel office. However, she says she didn’t receive a copy of the report and has been unable to obtain one since.
Reade says Biden’s Senate files are currently at the University of Delaware, which has yet to make them public.
The Associated Press spoke to at least five individuals who were current or former staffers for Biden, all of whom worked for the then-Senator at the time of the alleged incident. No one recalled such an incident or report.
“I was trying to have a deeper conversation about sexual harassment in the workplace and powerful men,” Reade told Newsweek. “I’m not going to get traditional justice, like with [Harvey] Weinstein’s case. I’m looking for something more existential-to not have to keep a secret because it’s somebody powerful.”
Biden unveils coronavirus plan for reopening nation
Former Vice President Joe Biden wrote an op-ed for the New York Times that was published on Sunday in which he unveiled his plan for reopening America once the coronavirus outbreak in the US subsides to safer levels.
The former Vice President emphasized that firstly the nation must acknowledge the failures by the Trump administration in responding to the pandemic as a way of ensuring those mistakes aren’t repeated.
“As we prepare to reopen America, we have to remember what this crisis has taught us: The administration’s failure to plan, to prepare, to honestly assess and communicate the threat to the nation led to catastrophic results,” Biden wrote. “We cannot repeat those mistakes.”
Biden says until the US establishes “widespread, easily available and prompt testing, as well as a contact tracing strategy that protects privacy,” efforts to reopen businesses will not be safe.
The former Vice President says the country will need to maintain restrictions on physical distancing until the United States begins to record a significant drop in reported COVID-19 cases.
In addition, Biden says that President Trump needs to make greater use of the Defense Production Act to help support the needs of hospitals in terms of medical equipment and supplies.
Democratic Socialists of America won’t endorse Biden
The political group known as the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) who previously endorsed Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, made a simple, to-the-point statement regarding whether or not they intended to endorse former Vice President Joe Biden in 2020. The DSA wrote: “We are not endorsing@Joe Biden.”
The ultra-progressive group boasts about 56,000 members. The DSA credits the 2016 Sanders campaign with boosting its membership as well as reviving the progressive left.
However, 2020 brought a different story, as many other progressives became active in the Democratic Party pushing some of the same agendas and programs as Sanders, including Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as well as other members of the so-called “squad.”