Joe Biden decided to finally address the sexual assault allegations made by his former staffer Tara Reade in an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program.
Many people assumed that it would be a softball interview, given that the questions were being asked by Mika Brzezinski, but she went after Biden pretty hard.
The Washington Examiner has details:
Mika Brzezinski praised for questioning of Biden on sexual assault allegation
MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski was lauded on social media for her questioning of former Vice President Joe Biden about an allegation that he sexually assaulted a Senate aide in 1993.
Brzezinski questioned Biden for approximately 18 minutes on Friday, asking the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee if he assaulted former staffer Tara Reade, if he would give permission to the University of Delaware to release relevant records, and if he was guilty of hypocrisy given his statements during Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings.
“Did you sexually assault Tara Reade?” Brzezinski began the interview. “You were unequivocal, Mr. Vice President, back in 2018 during the Kavanaugh controversy and hearings. You said that women should be believed,” Brzezinski later pointed out, referencing Biden’s comments that allegations of sexual assault should be presumed as true.
“To use your words, should we not start off with the presumption that the essence of what she’s talking about is real? She says you sexually assaulted her.”
Watch some clips below:
Joe Biden, asked on @Morning_Joe if he sexually assaulted Tara Reade:
“No, it is not true. I’m saying unequivocally it never, never happened. And it didn’t. It never happened.” pic.twitter.com/nXIAdGloG5
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) May 1, 2020
MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski asked Joe Biden whether he was "absolute positive that there was no record of any complaint by Tara Reade."
Biden responded by giving one of the most lawyerly worded response in recent memory. pic.twitter.com/eQDLw8EuZr
— Francis Brennan (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@FrancisBrennan) May 1, 2020
Watch as Mika Brzezinski actually gets Joe Biden flustered on whether he will call for a search of University of Delaware records on Tara Reade. This is the kind of interview journalists could have been doing for the last 36 days, but failed to. pic.twitter.com/bgoHoagyJC
— Scott Whitlock (@ScottJW) May 1, 2020
Mika Brzeinski calls out Joe Biden for hypocrisy on Brett Kavanaugh allegations. pic.twitter.com/5v0Yj5ZXs1
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) May 1, 2020
Mika Brzezinski presses Joe Biden on opening up his Senate records at the University of Delaware:
"Are you certain there was nothing about Tara Reade in those records?"
"I am absolutely certain."
"If so, why not approve a search of her name in those records?" pic.twitter.com/f2pCXiWCyd
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 1, 2020
MSNBC is a friendly media environment for Democrats and Joe still had a hard time.
What does that tell you?