Former Vice President Joe Biden faced no concerns about the recent sexual attack accusation leveled against him while taking part in a discussion on Thursday with Megan Rapinoe, the star gamer of the National Women’s Soccer League and a prominent female empowerment advocate.
The conversation, which discussed a multitude of topics including the Biden household’s support for pay equity, happened as the previous vice president is being pressed to attend to the allegations produced last month by Tara Reade, his onetime Senate staffer. Reade, who initially stepped forward in the in 2015 to implicate Biden of unwanted touching and sexual harassment, now claims that he pressed her up versus a wall, by force kissed her, and digitally permeated her in 1993.
In current days, the accusation has actually catapulted to the media’s attention, after video surfaced of Reade’s mom calling into CNN to discuss her daughter’s “problems” with working for a “prominent senator.” Even though Reade’s mom did not talk about the specific “issues” and opted not to name either her daughter or Biden during the call, a number of media outlets seized the day provided by the video to call on the previous vice president to attend to the accusation directly.
” Tara Reade should have to be heard, and voters deserve to hear her,” The Washington Post’s editorial board composed on Wednesday. “They deserve to hear from Joe Biden, too.”
In spite of such calls, the previous vice president has declined to speak up, even as his campaign has started equipping surrogates with talking points about the claims. Ahead of Thursday’s interview, lots of hoped that Rapinoe, a strong champion of #MeToo movement and LGBTQ equality, would be able to coax a reaction.
That sensation was summarized by viewers at the start of interview, a lot of whom took to the comments area of Biden’s Instagram feed to make it known they desired him to discus Reade. Rapinoe, nevertheless, did not take the bait and neither Reade nor her accusation were brought up.
Not even a few minutes into Megan Rapinoe’s interview of the Bidens on Instagram and the remark section already has lots of mentions of Tara Reade.
— Brittany Shepherd (@brittanys) April 30, 2020
The decision was unexpected given the position Rapino has taken in the past against chosen officials she thought not to be encouraging of females. Most notably last year, the soccer player called out Vice President Mike Pence for declining to meet alone with female associates and subordinates unless his wife existed.
” Well, women are scared to be raped, sexually attacked, sexually harassed, stayed out of jobs, fired from jobs, moved laterally their whole profession,” Rapinoe informed CNBC in December 2019 when going over Pence and other guys in high positions of power. “Truthfully, I call f—- g b—- t on that.”