Joe Biden is a Rapist and I Want You to Vote for Him
by John Cleer
The New York Times actually published this argument (wording it “I Believe Tara Reade. I’m voting for Joe Biden anyway … suck it up and make the utilitarian bargain”) in an Op-Ed ( 1 ) and by all appearances, they agree with it. Stranger yet, a good cross-section of their readers do, as evidenced in the Letters to the Editor ( 2 ) and by the lack of much push-back, if any, to the article.
But only two years ago, this same newspaper viciously attacked Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, publishing numerous articles ( 3 ) around the argument that there is an ethical obligation to “believe women” which makes Kavanaugh guilty, because he was accused by a woman. From there it followed that Kavanaugh must not be permitted to serve on the Supreme Court.
Now hold on, you might be saying, op-ed writers are not affiliated with the newspaper’s editorial board. This is technically true, but the writer Linda Hirshman has been a steady presence on the liberal circuit for years now and this includes the New York Times. They announced her daughter’s wedding in the Style section in 2003 ( 4 ) and have published Linda’s op-eds periodically for more than 10 years ( 5 ); longtime columnist David Brooks name-dropped her at the top of his column nearly 15 years ago, starting a public back-and-forth that generated publicity for her, an unknown writer, in the lead-up to her first book release. ( 6 ) The Times have since plugged all three of her books ( 7 ), which make the bestseller list now — she’s part of the club, thanks in part to David Brooks, and has had a long relationship with the “paper of record” that continued with this op-ed.
Katha Pollitt wrote an article for The Nation just like the Times’, and they too published it: “I would vote for Joe Biden even if I believed Reade’s account… I would vote for Joe Biden if he boiled babies and ate them.” ( 8 ) What if he boiled YOUR baby and ate it, Katha Pollitt? Would you vote for him then?
The Atlantic took a more honest step back before launching into the same: “Condemning Biden carries a clear cost for these groups. They believe that four more years of Trump would be immensely damaging for their policy agendas and for women in general,” leading in to another feminist writer explaining why she defends Biden against Reade and you should too. ( 9 ) “For women in general,” that is.
All three of these outlets pushed for Kavanaugh’s removal and yet today, all three are publishing reasons it’s different with Biden. Reade is lying, or they believe her but their political vision for the country (“beating Trump”) is more important. So Biden may be a rapist, and that’s ok now—sometimes that’s what women need, right New York Times?
This discrepancy is trending across the liberal media, who only two years ago would’ve called *you* a rapist if you wanted Kavanaugh’s accusations corroborated. Bloodthirsty, determined and certain of their moral high ground, the Left chanted “We Believe Her” (referring to his accuser Christine Blasey Ford, who says he tried to rape her 37 years ago) in unison, incessantly, for months. The year before, similar decades-old accusations were lobbed against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. If these people are truly concerned about the victims, then shouldn’t they apply this standard to both sides of the political aisle? Surely they’d agree that candidates for president should be held to it.
Don’t ask Joe Biden—he doesn’t always know he’s running for president. ( 10 ) But if he wins, “[his] first priority as president will be defeating Donald Trump.” ( 11 ) He’s forgotten what state he was in, on camera, in 3 different states in this campaign alone. Do reporters hold Biden accountable for these lapses, or do they surreptitiously ignore them? He’s forgotten what day of the week it is and even which half-century he’s in, telling parents to “make sure you have the record player on at night” for their kids. He’s forgotten what college he went to, claiming falsely he attended historically-black Delaware State when he attended the University of Delaware. He’s forgotten who was on the stage with him at a Democratic debate, saying in front of Kamala Harris that he was endorsed by the only African-American woman in the Senate. Astonishingly Biden’s even forgotten the Declaration of Independence, on stage in the midst of reciting it: “All men and women are created by the … you know … you know the thing.” ( 12 ) And every time he does it, he gets a pass.
In striking similarity, Ford doesn’t know what city she says she was almost raped in, what year it was, whose house it happened in or who was there with her. ( 13 ) Her only records are her therapist’s notes which were taken 30 years later and conflict with the year she gave the Washington Post as an estimation ( 14 ) (compared to Kavanaugh’s daily notes which are meticulous and taken in his own hand, in real time on the dates in question ( 15 )). None of the three witnesses Ford named can remember the party ( 16 )and one of them says “I don’t have any confidence in the story,” and can’t recall ever having met Kavanaugh. ( 17 )
Ford has also demonstrated a penchant for lying under oath, or at best remembering things in different ways than everyone else does. After she suggested that a polygraph test she’d taken proves she’s telling the truth, Ford’s ex-boyfriend wrote a letter to the Judiciary Committee disputing a number of her claims on the stand: in the six years he says they dated, she did not seem afraid of flying or enclosed spaces and more pertinently, she had indeed coached her friend on passing a polygraph test for a job opportunity. ( 18 )
“Dr. Ford explained in detail what to expect, how polygraphs worked and helped [her friend] McLean become familiar and less nervous about the exam. Dr. Ford was able to help because of her background in psychology,” he wrote in response to Ford’s claim on the stand that she had “never” “taken any other polygraphs in [her] life” or “had discussions with anyone besides [her] attorneys on how to take a polygraph,” nor had she “ever given tips or advice to anyone who was looking to take a polygraph test.” This would mean she not only perjured herself but is a studied or even professional liar, at least in regards to manipulating polygraphs. ( 19 )
Mr. Biden’s accuser, Tara Reade, claimed her mother called the Larry King Show after Tara left Biden’s office to talk about the alleged rape: this claim has been corroborated by the tape being found. Reade also has eight contemporaneous corroborating witnesses who confirmed her account. ( 20 ) So under the “Believe Women” mantra, which does not even require evidence, Mr. Biden’s cancellation should be a shoe-in.
But a funny thing is happening this time: instead of finding more victims to parade, the media can now only find staffers who will defend Biden. There were over 40 witnesses ready to testify negatively about Kavanaugh to the FBI ( 21 ), but for some reason with Biden, they can only find staffers who will sing his praise. PBS found 74 of them ( 22 ), opening their article by asserting he was not on a particular list of “creepy” senators, then conceding he was “also a toucher, seemingly oblivious to whether physical contact made some women uncomfortable.” You see, *he* didn’t make them uncomfortable, it was physical contact in general that did this, and in this case it just happened to come from Joe Biden. As PBS tells it, Mr. Biden was just being himself, and these women were touchy about it.
With Biden under the gun instead of Kavanaugh, the press is suddenly interested in evidence and credibility, and whether an allegation has any. “Believe Women” has become “we never meant ‘believe *all* women.’”
“That’s a Right-Wing trap!,” says the New York Times, and a “canard.” “Believe All Women” is the negation of “Believe Women,” wrote the writer, decrying it as a “double standard purity test.” But instead of disproving the double standard, the writer just says conservatives are hypocrites too. ( 23 )
Let me point out that this is very much a double standard (and a “canard” for that matter, if it’s possible to use the word honestly). Kavanaugh was convicted in the public forum by paid lobbyists of all stripes ( 24 ) who insisted that he was guilty, because otherwise you’d be calling Ford a liar. It was impossible that Ford could be lying, only a rapist would say that! But there is no parallel concern for Tara Reade—Politico for example published a hit piece characterizing her as “manipulative, deceitful” and desperate for money. ( 25 )
California prosecutors have even launched an investigation into whether she lied on the stand. What do they accuse her of lying about? Having graduated from college. ( 26 ) In other words, the supposed lie has nothing to do with her experience with Biden, and they are accusing her misleadingly—and using the power of the court to silence her, in order to protect the alleged rapist Mr. Biden.
It’s acceptable to treat Tara Reade like this because she’s accusing a Democrat. Conservatives get the Kavanaugh Treatment, where wildly unsubstantiated and relatively mild allegations are treated as fact and guilt is assumed. Kavanaugh allegedly “groped” Ford and tried to remove her clothes (no specifics given) and put his hand on her mouth as if to quiet her. ( 27 ) Clarence Thomas before him allegedly made unwelcome comments.
Joe Biden by contrast is accused of reaching under Reade’s skirt and jamming his fingers inside her ( 28 ), against her will, and then telling her “You’re nothing to me” as he walked away ( 29 ). Somehow the Kavanaugh and Thomas allegations were treated much more seriously than this. In Tara Reade’s case it’s even acceptable to say, “Joe Biden raped her and it doesn’t matter, we need to vote for him.” Imagine a reporter saying this about Blase Ford, in Supreme Court season, without losing their job and getting blacklisted. What happened to “We believe her”? It was a lie, Ford was a liar and everyone knew it. They knew she was lying and they used her.
The reality of these frenzied accusations and the “feminist” journalists who push them in the magazines, as the Atlantic briefly acknowledged ( 30 ), is they are political tools. Whoever runs the media has no problem defending a rapist, attacking a rape victim, or slandering a good man with false accusations, and their whore employees will do anything for a dollar.
1. “I Believe Tara Reade. I’m Voting for Joe Biden Anyway. The importance of owning an ugly moral choice.” Linda Hirshman, New York Times. https://archive.vn/uUFze
3. https://archive.vn/McaUe https://archive.vn/lXoma https://archive.vn/CDYxg https://archive.vn/T4uEH
6. Ibid. 7. Ibid.
8. “We Should Take Women’s Accusations Seriously. But Tara Reade’s Fall Short.” Katha Pollit, The Nation. https://archive.vn/rMXIY
9. “Is It Fair to Compare Joe Biden to Brett Kavanaugh? A candid conversation with the president of the National Women’s Law Center” Emma Green, The Atlantic. https://archive.vn/2pRdU
10. (Biden says he’s running for Senate) “The Biden Gaffe Machine: A Running List Of Joe Biden’s Best Slip-Ups.” Tristan Justice, The Federalist. https://thefederalist.com/2019/09/02/biden-gaffe-machine-running-list-joe-bidens-best-slip-ups/
11. “Joe Biden Gaffe: My First Priority as President Would Be to Defeat Trump.” Joshua Caplan, Breitbart. https://www.breitbart.com/2020-election/2019/06/27/joe-biden-gaffe-my-first-priority-as-president-would-be-to-defeat-trump/
13. https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/09-27-18%20Ford%20Testimony.pdf https://www.politico.com/story/2018/09/26/christine-blasey-ford-opening-statement-senate-845080 https://archive.vn/ezNk2
14. “Ford attorneys offer notes from therapy in exchange for FBI interview. Brett Samuels, The Hill. https://archive.vn/5GDXn
15. “Kavanaugh lawyer calls for accuser’s legal team to submit polygraph and therapist notes to Senate.” Gabriella Munoz, Washington Times. https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/sep/26/kavanaugh-lawyer-calls-accusers-legal-team-submit-/
16. “4 new witnesses for Christine Blasey Ford don’t really corroborate her claim against Kavanaugh.” Becket Adams, Examiner. https://archive.vn/wip/NUTnd
17. “‘Just didn’t make any sense’: Friend of Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford now challenges her story” Jerry Dunleavy, Examiner. https://archive.vn/0G5PC
18. “Report: Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s Ex-Boyfriend Says She Coached A Friend Before Taking A Polygraph Test.” Mike Brest, Daily Caller. https://dailycaller.com/2018/10/02/dr-ford-ex-coached-polygraph/
20. “Tara Reade Gets Another Corroborating Witness, Total Reaches 8.” John Nolte, Breitbart. https://archive.vn/y5Q0A
21. “FBI has not contacted dozens of potential sources in Kavanaugh investigation.” Caldwell & Przybyla, NBC News. https://archive.vn/Q4TTE
22. “What 74 former Biden staffers think about Tara Reade’s allegations.” Daniel Bush, PBS. https://archive.vn/09EGA 23. “Believe All Women’ Is a Right-Wing Trap.” Susan Faludi, New York Times. https://archive.vn/wip/U6szG
24. (Advocacy groups raised seven-figure war chests, warning that Judge Kavanaugh poses an existential threat to abortion rights, the Affordable Care Act and checks on presidential power.) “‘So, So Jaded’: The Campaign to Stop Brett Kavanaugh Struggles for Liftoff.” Fandos & Edmondson, New York Times. (https://archive.vn/mXAN3
25. “‘Manipulative, deceitful, user’: Tara Reade left a trail of aggrieved acquaintances.” Natasha Korecki, Politico. https://archive.vn/gKWy7
26. “Biden sex assault accuser Tara Reade allegedly lied about her education, prompting a review of her expert witness work.” Nicole Darrah, The Sun. https://archive.vn/wip/biiWB
27. https://www.politico.com/story/2018/09/26/christine-blasey-ford-opening-statement-senate-845080 https://archive.vn/ezNk228
(28.) “Biden accuser Tara Reade claims he pinned her to a wall and said ‘I want to f*** you’ – as she demands he exits race.” Chris Spargo, The Sun. https://archive.vn/H3095
29. “The #MeToo hypocrites who’ve gone silent for Joe Biden.” Maureen Callahan, New York Post. https://archive.vn/K1KVr
30. Green, The Atlantic. https://archive.vn/2pRdU