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Tara Reade says she and her family are getting “creepy” voice messages and being harassed online following her allegations of sexual assault against Joe Biden, the presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, even as two more sources corroborating her story have reportedly been found.
In an interview with Fox News on Saturday, Reade discussed the abuses, saying she is perplexed by the foul treatment since she has been a Democrat all of her life.
“I find it astounding — the hypocrisy that Democrats are talking about women being able to tell their story safely,” she told the network on Saturday. “I’m a Democrat, a lifelong Democrat, but yet here I am trying to talk about my history with Joe Biden and I’m just the target of online harassment.”
She added that several fake social media accounts have been created in her name. She pointed to a Facebook account in particular where the user uploaded personal photos of her and her family — posts she says she did not author.
One screenshot of a post shared on Twitter by an apparent supporter of the former vice president named Naomi Block falsely accuses Reade of “deliberately tossing [Christine Blasey Ford] under the dang bus,” in reference to a fake quote.
Ford, readers may recall, accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her while in high school decades ago, allegations that were determined to be false by the FBI.
The Facebook page used the handle “@TaraReada” and also listed a phony website that used her full name.
In her Fox News interview, Reade said that the home address of one of her family members was also put online, leading to “creepy” calls on Friday night, all of which occurred over a 30-minute period from an unknown number.
“Hi Ms. Reade, this is Dave Johnson from the Observer, a small New York newspaper,” the voice said before laughing hysterically. The person later said “Jeffrey Epstein didn’t kill himself” and “Trump 2020.”
In a second voice message obtained by Fox News — the third attempt at calling the family member — the person says, “Hey Tara, this is Dave Johnson with the Observer and I would really love, I’d really appreciate a call back so we can discuss your new powerful allegation against Vice President Biden. I think you’re setting a tone and underscoring a double standard put forth by the Me Too movement, so I’d really appreciate it if you could just call me back, give me a couple of quick questions.”
Reade said she has also received several threats including an email by someone named “Linda Dubois” who called her a “f—king whore” and a “disgrace to womanhood” over her claims against Biden.
“You are a rip-roaring b—h and the great majority of Americans don’t believe you anyhow… I hope you drop dead,” the person wrote.
On her real Twitter account, Reade shared an example of the kind of harassment and treatment she is receiving from Democrat operatives including Jon Cooper, who suggested she may be “unbalanced” or driven by “malicious motives.”
This is an example if what I am dealing with in addition to the threats and harrassment online.
I am not " unbalanced" and I do not have " malicious" motives.
I was sexually harassed and assaulted by my former boss Joe Biden in 1993. https://t.co/0DrwKCxsoi
— Tara Reade 🦋 (@ReadeAlexandra) May 3, 2020
Cooper is the former finance head of the national Draft Biden 2016 effort.
“This is something that really has to stop and I’m just wondering where this is coming from,” Reade told Fox News. “Are these just fanatic supporters? And if so, what does that say about our Democratic voters? Why are they targeting me when the party line is supposed to be allowing people to be safe? Why are they targeting my family and myself and making my family frightened?”
“It creates barriers for survivors to want to come forward and talk about difficult things that have happened,” she continued. “And in my case, talking about how Joe Biden sexually harassed and sexually assaulted me is very excruciating and enough by itself, but then to be targeted and harassed and have my whole family targeted and harassed online by people that call themselves his supporters is not only just upsetting, it’s frightening.”
Biden broke his silence regarding Reade’s 1993 allegations in an interview with MSNBC, claiming the assault “never happened.”
But late Saturday, The Associated Press reported that two additional sources have been found who have corroborated Reade’s story.
Separately, Fox News noted:
One friend, who said they knew Reade in 1993, said she told them about the alleged assault when it happened, according to The AP. The second friend met Reade more than a decade after the alleged incident and confirmed that Reade had a conversation with them in 2007 or 2008 about allegedly experiencing sexual harassment from Biden while working in his Senate office.
Reade has said she told three of Biden’s other staffers about what he allegedly did to her but none of them said they remembered hearing about it. But five others have corroborated the story, including her brother, a former neighbor, and a close friend.
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