Biden’s #MeToo Denial

He rewrites his past statements on ‘believe the woman.’

Main Street: Democrats learn the #MeToo standard is impossible to sustain without hypocrisy. Images: Bloomberg/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock/Zuma Press Composite: Mark Kelly

Joe Biden was categorical Friday in denying that he sexually assaulted then-staffer Tara Reade in 1993. “This never happened,” he told Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC. “It’s as simple as that.”

香蕉视频苹果下载Well, maybe not so simple. For in defending himself, Mr. Biden had to twist his past statements and positions on #MeToo accusations. This came out when he was repeatedly asked to reconcile the women-must-be-believed statements he made when Christine Blasey Ford was accusing Brett Kavanaugh with his current stand that Ms. Reade is wrong or lying. “Do you regret what you said during the Kavanaugh hearings?” Ms. Brzezinski asked. And “are women to be believed unless it pertains to you?”

Mr. Biden pulled a switcheroo. “Look, from the very beginning, I’ve said believing women means taking the woman’s claims seriously when she steps forward, and then vet it,” he said. “Look into it. That’s true in this case as well. Women have a right to be heard, and the press should rigorously investigate claims they make. I’ll always uphold that principle. But in the end, in every case, the truth is what matters.”

That’s not even close to the standard he has wanted others to live by. About Ms. Blasey Ford he told the Washington Post: “For a woman to come forward in the glaring lights of focus, nationally, you’ve got to start off with the presumption that at least the essence of what she’s talking about is real, whether or not she forgets facts, whether or not it’s been made worse or better over time.”

Nothing about vetting accusations, investigations, or how the truth is what really matters. This is no coincidence because the believe-the-woman stand was meant to substitute for due process and the presumption of innocence, and force the accused to step down without a chance to clear his name.

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