House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is “satisfied” with presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s denial of sexual assault accusations even though he has not personally denied or been asked about the allegations.
Fox News featured a segment this week detailing Pelosi officially endorsing Biden despite claims of sexual assault.
Pelosi conceded that she is aware of the allegations, but failed to make a single mention of them in her video endorsing Biden for president.
When they reached out to Pelosi’s office for comment, they referred Fox News to an April 17 interview with MSNBC in which she was asked if she’s satisfied with Biden’s denial.
“Yes, I am. I am very much involved in this issue. I always want to give the opportunity that women deserve to be heard. I am satisfied with his answer, yes. I’m proud to endorse Joe Biden for president of the United States because he will be an extraordinary president,” Pelosi said in the video. “He knows how to get the job done,” Pelosi said during that MSNBC interview.
“Joe Biden brings values and integrity to work every day because he never forgets his roots,” Pelosi added. “Now more than ever we need a forward-looking, battle-tested leader who will fight for the people.”
The allegations against Biden have kicked up a notch recently after several witnesses and a resurfaced video clip further corroborate her timeline and claims.
Tara Reade, who served as a staffer to Joe Biden when he was in the U.S. Senate, recently alleged that he sexually assaulted her back in 1993.
Last week, a damning video clip resurfaced of Tara Reade’s mother calling in to “Larry King Live” on CNN in 1993.
Reade’s mother can be heard asking King for advice on what to do as her daughter had a “problem” senator, at that time Biden’s position.
Last month, journalist Katie Harper released an audio clip of an interview with Tara Reade.
Reade begins by detailing how she was instructed to rush a gym bag to Biden at the time. Upon reaching then-Senator Biden with the bag, Reade claims that he greeted her by name, and proceeded to sexually assault her in a “side area.”
“We were alone, and it was the strangest thing. There was no, like, exchange really, he just had me up against the wall,” Reade claims.
“His hands were on me, and underneath my clothes,” Reade later says. “He went down my skirt, but then up inside. He penetrated me with his fingers.”
Reade alleges that Biden was kissing her and asking her if she “wanted to go somewhere else,” and that after the alleged assault was complete, he said, “C’mon man, I heard you liked me.”
Reade told Harper that Biden’s alleged phrase stuck with her because it made her think about what she “might have said.”
For me, it was like everything shattered in that moment because I knew that we were alone. It was over, right? He wasn’t trying to do anything more – but I looked up to him, he was like my father’s age, he was like this champion of women’s rights in my eyes and I couldn’t believe it was happening. It seemed surreal. I just felt sick because when he pulled back, he looked annoyed, and he said something else to me that I don’t want to say, and then he said – I must have looked shocked … I don’t know how I looked, but I must have looked something because he grabbed me by the shoulders, and said, “You’re okay. You’re fine. You’re okay. You’re fine,” and then he walked away, and went on with his day.
She then told Harper what Biden allegedly said: “He just like pointed at me and he said, ‘You’re nothing to me!’ And then he just looked at me and said, ‘You’re nothing. Nothing.’ … I must’ve reacted because that’s when he took me by the shoulders and he said, ‘You’re okay. You’re fine. You’re okay.’”
Several prominent liberal outlets, figures, and groups have called on Biden to address the allegations:
The Washington Post editorial board said Biden should directly address her allegations and called on Biden to make his sealed Senate archives at the University of Delaware available for journalists to search for corroboration of Reade’s claims.
Several women’s groups drafted a public letter that praised Biden’s work on passing the Violence Against Women Act but called on him to address Reade’s allegations directly.
CNN editor Chris Cillizza wrote that Biden should speak to Reade’s allegations personally.
CNN host S.E. Cupp wrote an op-ed this week also calling for Biden to address the allegations directly.
Last week, it was reported that the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department is “actively investigating” Reade’s claims, though some reports suggest they have already closed the inquiry.
Biden has also been busy pushing election conspiracy theories about Trump, which are nothing short of fake news.