Tara Reade speaks about allegations of sexual assault by Joe Biden with Megyn Kelly Thursday night. Source: YouTube

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

In an interview with Megyn Kelly on Thursday, Tara Reade spoke out against Joe Biden for the first time since he denied her sexual assault allegations last Friday. Reade called for Biden to drop out of the presidential race, saying, “I wish he would. But he won’t, but I wish he would.”

When asked what she would say to Biden if he were watching the interview, Reade said, “I want to say, ‘You and I were there, Joe Biden, please step forward and be held accountable. You should not be running on character for the president of the United States.'” Reade told Kelly that although Biden has taken a position in the past that sexual assault victims should be taken seriously, her experience after speaking out has been dominated by hackingsocial media hostility, and death threats.

Prior to the release of the interview with Kelly, The San Luis Obispo Tribune uncovered a 1996 court document written by Reade’s ex-husband Theodore Dronen, which showed she spoke out about sexual harassment while working for Biden three years earlier. Dronen did not say in the statement whether Biden had committed the harassment. The document does not mention Reade’s recent allegations of sexual assault, either.

In response to the interview, Biden’s deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield alluded to “more inconsistencies” regarding Reade’s allegations, specifically mentioning interviews with the Associated Press last week and in 2019. President Trump addressed the allegations in an interview with Fox & Friends Friday, noting he hopes they are not true “for [Biden’s] sake.”

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

In Megyn Kelly Interview, Tara Reade Says She’s Willing To Defend Sexual Assault Allegation Against Joe Biden Under Oath – The Federalist – 5/7/2020
Kelly wondered what Reade wanted say to the former vice president if he’s watches the interview. “I want to say, ‘You and I were there, Joe Biden. Please step forward and be held accountable. You should not be running on character for president of the United States.'” In responses to questions from Kelly, Reade said she “wish[es]” Biden would drop out of the race but that “it’s a little late” for an apology.

Tara Reade to Joe Biden: ‘You should not be running on character’ – The Week – 5/7/2020
Tara Reade spoke out in an interview with Megyn Kelly this week about her allegation that former Vice President Joe Biden sexually assaulted her, calling for him to withdraw from the 2020 race. Reade, who alleges Biden sexually assaulted her in 1993 when she worked for him in the Senate, spoke with Kelly for an interview, the first clip of which was released Thursday afternoon. In it, Reade delivers a message to Biden personally.

Biden on Reade Calling for Him to Drop Out: ‘Nothing Ever Happened with Tara Reade’ – Breitbart – 5/7/2020
Biden stated, “Well look, nothing ever happened with Tara Reade. Believing women means taking a woman’s claim seriously when she steps forward, and then vetting it, looking into it. […] Women have a right to be heard and the press should rigorously investigate claims like these. I’ll always uphold that principle. But in the end, in every case, the truth is what matters. And in this case, the truth is, these claims are flat-out false.”

Tara Reade calls on Joe Biden to drop out of 2020 race in interview with Megyn Kelly: “But he won’t” – Salon – 5/8/2020
Tara Reade, the former Capitol Hill staffer who accused Vice President Joe Biden of sexually assaulting her in a Senate office building in 1993, called on the presumptive Democratic nominee to drop out of the 2020 race when he sat down with Megyn Kelly for a rare on-camera interview since going public with her allegations.

INFLUENCER PERSPECTIVE

Megyn Kelly on Twitter, 5/7/2020: MK EXCLUSIVE: #TaraReade responds to #JoeBiden; calls for him to drop out

Siraj Hashmi on Twitter, 5/7/2020: Given the number of women who have said they believe Tara Reade and are going to vote for Joe Biden anyway, it’s kind of incredible that Reade calling for Joe Biden to drop out of the presidential race has to be the lede.

Shelby Talcott on Twitter, 5/7/2020: “Please, step forward and be held accountable. You should not be running on character for the President of the United States.” Tara Reade called on Biden to drop out in an interview with @megynkelly. Full interview has not dropped yet. More @DailyCaller

Stephen L. Miller on Twitter, 5/7/2020: By Joe Biden’s own standard he should drop out, not Tara Reade’s.

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