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In what proved to be a major hit at what little credibility the mainstream media may still have among discerning Americans, independent journalist Megyn Kelly landed the interview of Joe Biden’s accuser.
In her first major interview, former Biden Senate staffer Tara Reade not only shared new details of the incident, claiming Biden “said something vulgar” to her during the alleged assault, but called on the former vice president to drop out of the presidential election.
(Reade recently acknowledged that no major networks had offered to interview her.)
**Warning for language ahead**
In recounting the moment in 1993 when she claimed Biden accosted her, Reade told Kelly, “He said ‘I want to f**k you.'”
In a previous interview, Reade had said:
“I was wearing a blouse, and he just had me up against the wall, and the wall was cold. And I remember he … it happened all at once. The gym bag, I don’t know where it went. I handed it to him and it was gone, and his hands were on me and underneath my clothes. And then he went down my skirt and then up inside it and he penetrated me with his fingers.”
“He was kissing me at the same time, and … I remember him saying as he was doing it, ‘Do you want to go somewhere else?’ … He got finished doing what he was doing, and I tried to pull back, and he said, ‘C’mon man, I heard you liked me!’”
Kelly asked Reade what she would like to say to Biden, if given the chance.
“I want to say you and I were there, Joe Biden, please step forward and be held accountable,” she replied. “You should not be running on character for president of the United States.”
Kelly followed up by asking Reade if she wanted Biden to withdraw from the election.
“I wish he would,” she replied. “But he won’t — but I wish he would, that’s how I feel emotionally.”
For what it’s worth, Reade supported Sen. Bernie Sanders for president this year.
Reade also spoke about the “horrible” treatment she has received from Biden’s blue check surrogates.
“It’s been stunning, actually, how the – some of his surrogates, with the blue checks, that are his surrogates, have been saying really horrible things about me and to me on social media,’ Reade said.
“He hasn’t himself, but there’s a measure of hypocrisy with the campaign saying it’s safe,” she continued — his campaign claimed that Biden “has long been a champion for women — for their safety.”
“It’s not been safe,” Reade insisted. “All my social media has been hacked. All my personal information has been dragged through. Every person that maybe has, you know, a gripe against me, an ex-boyfriend or an ex-landlord, whatever it is, has been able to have a platform rather than me.”
Reade said she stands with other survivors of sexual assault, and when Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Blasey Ford name came up, being cited by those who question Reade’s accusations, the former Biden staffer said that like Ford, she is willing to go under oath and subject herself to cross-examination.
Kelly then asked her if she would also submit to a polygraph like Ford — who may or may not be skilled on passing such tests.
“I’m not a criminal,” Reade replied. “Joe Biden should take the polygraph. What kind of precedence does that set for survivors of violence? Does that mean we’re presumed guilty and we all have to take polygraphs?”
Which is not to say she will not take one.
“So I will take one if Joe Biden takes one,” she concluded. “But I’m not a criminal.”
As for whether an apology from Biden would be sufficient, Reade said, “I think it’s a little late.”
In an appearance last week on MSNBC, Biden “unequivocally” denied the allegations leveled against him.
“No. It is not true,” he told host Mika Brzezinski. “I’m saying unequivocally, it never, never happened, and it didn’t. It never happened.”
There have been a number of people step forward to say that Reade had spoken of the incident over the years.
A new entry to that list is her ex-husband, who said in a 1996 court document Reade told him she was sexually harassed while working for Joe Biden in 1993.
In the midst of a divorce, her ex-husband Theodore Dronen wrote that Reade told him about “a problem she was having at work regarding sexual harassment, in U.S. Senator Joe Biden’s office.”
“It was obvious that this event had a very traumatic effect on (Reade), and that she is still sensitive and effected (sic) by it today,” he added.
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