Anita Hill could hardly bring herself to discuss the sexual harassment she experienced—and it wasn’t even assault. But Reade’s attitude is completely different. Why is that?
Anita Hill testified in an era where there was no #MeToo movement: I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been for her to testify in that environment.
Joe Biden admits that, as chair of the committee that Hill was testifying to, he allowed her to be harassed by the other senators: if Blasey-Ford was to be treated that way today, I don’t know if she would have had the courage to testify.
Of course, if Joe Biden was the committee chair during Blasey-Ford’s testimony and had allowed harassment similar to what Hill received, Biden would be vilified.
Reade, by contrast, has had the benefit of the support of the #MeToo movement.
Well, actually she hasn’t.
Time’s Up was established in the wake of the #MeToo movement to help survivors tell their stories.
The public relations firm that works on behalf of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund is SKDKnickerbocker, whose managing director, Anita Dunn, is the top adviser to Biden’s presidential campaign.
In February 2020, Reade learned from a new conversation with Time’s Up, which also involved Director Sharyn Tejani, that no assistance could be provided because the person she was accusing, Biden, was a candidate for federal office, and assisting a case against him could jeopardize the organization’s nonprofit status. (Source: The Intercept)
Reade first spoke publicly about her allegations last year, in support of Lucy Flores. But then Reade went silent after being harassed for speaking out.
Do I believe Tara Reade?
I have no clue either way. I think there’s merit to viewing her allegations through the lens you’ve provided, @lidja. And I haven’t even mentioned Dunn’s 2018 essay in which she gave high praise to Putin as a leader:
“President Putin scares the power elite in America because he is a compassionate, caring, visionary leader. … To President Putin, I say keep your eyes to the beautiful future and maybe, just maybe America will come to see Russia as I do, with eyes of love. To all my Russian friends, happy holiday and Happy New Year.”
Based on that essay, you could believe that she’s just a Russian troll trying to interfere with our elections.
My point in starting this discussion, however, is that Biden’s innocence can be easily cast in doubt in the minds of voters.
Anita Dunn, as a managing director of the Time’s Up public relations firm, used her power to squash Tara Reade’s request for assistance in order to protect Joe Biden. Or did she?
Anita Dunn advised Harvey Weinstein on messaging of his assault allegations. And now Dunn is a senior advisor to the Biden campaign.
Time’s Up claims they couldnt help Reade against a politician running for President because it would jeopardize their nonprofit status. Other legal opinions say this is untrue.
Reade’s allegations were considered unsupported earlier this month after an investigation by The New Times. However, the President has poisoned trust in The New York Times with repeated claims that it is “Fake News.”
Under those conditions, can Biden still build a campaign that gets him elected in November?
Or does this cripple him to where he never gets anything more than lukewarm interest from supporters and apathetic non-interest from independents?
If that’s the probable case, should Biden drop out and allow a stronger candidate to take his place: Harris, Warren, Sanders, Yang or Buttigieg, for example?
It’s a reasonable question, imho, because there actually is time to pivot to a Plan B: a Harris-Yang ticket would draw in a lot more enthusiasm from supporters than is currently felt by Biden supporters (see below poll results from this week).