Joe Biden’s chances at becoming the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee have been on the rise for weeks, but that could all come crashing down in the coming days.
No, Bernie Sanders isn’t suddenly finding some long forgotten delegates somewhere, and the plan to secretly replace Biden with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo doesn’t appear to be going anywhere at the moment.
What has the Biden team scrambling this week are the claims of a former member of his staff.
Tara Reade, who worked in Biden’s office in 1993, accused Biden of touching her, kissing her and penetrating her with his fingers without consent.
Reade made her claims in an interview with Katie Halper, a writer and podcast host, released Wednesday.
Reade’s claims are quite disturbing, and we should warn you that there are graphic sexual descriptions ahead.
“We were alone, and it was the strangest thing. There was no, like, exchange really, he just had me up against the wall,” Reade said.
“His hands were on me and underneath my clothes. And then, he went, he went down my skirt and then up inside it, and he penetrated me with his fingers…and um…He was kissing me at the same time and he was saying something to me,” she also told Halper.
“He got finished doing what he was doing and I, how I was pulled back and he said, ‘Come on man, I heard you liked me.’ And that phrase stayed with me because I kept thinking what I might have said. And I can’t remember exactly if he said ‘I thought’ or if ‘I heard.’ It’s like he implied that I had done this.”
As of this writing, the Biden campaign has yet to acknowledge the claims.
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