In an interview with Megyn Kelly last week, Tara Reade said that her disgust with the way the Democratic Party has responded to her sexual assault allegations against Joe Biden has led her to make a tough decision: Leaving the party behind.
Reade told Kelly that she’s identified as a Democrat for as long as she’s been politically active; the party’s insistence on demeaning her, questioning her reputation, and treating her unlike any other #MeToo victim in modern history, however, has her looking for a new political home.
“I’m leaving the Democratic Party and I won’t be part of any,” she said. “I won’t be a Republican; it’s just not my political belief system. I’ve been pretty much progressive all my life. I feel politically homeless.”
Kelly asked Reade if she saw a “double-standard” in how Democrats have treated her as compared to how they’ve treated sexual assault accusers in the past – particularly those who have come out against President Trump and Brett Kavanaugh.
Reade said that she has been “upset” and “angry” to see women like Elizabeth Warren support Biden through the controversy.
“I don’t really care deep down if they believe me or not,” she said, “but I want other survivors to know that they can come forward. And when they see this sort of onslaught, this sort of partisanship, it’s very discouraging. So we can come forward unless it’s a Democrat? Is that the message that they’re sending?”
That’s a hard yes.
Reade said that she was proud to vote for Barack Obama, despite his running mate.
“I wasn’t voting for [Biden], I was voting for Obama,” she told Kelly. “I mean, I was really hopeful and happy that Obama became president, and Joe Biden happened to be on the ticket.”
Whether or not Reade is telling the truth barely matters at this point. Yes, it certainly matters in terms of Joe Biden’s campaign for the presidency, but as a cultural moment, the veracity of Reade’s claim is almost beside the point. This is about how the Democrats, the feminist movement, and the liberal media treated a woman who threatened to bring down their presidential candidate. It’s about how quickly people on the left were ready to drop all of their so-called principles the moment they became politically inconvenient. It’s been a strange, disgusting, eye-opening moment of rank hypocrisy, and it’s one that every American will remember for a long, long time.