PELOSI SNAPS AT REPORTER OVER BIDEN ALLEGATION, DOUBLES DOWN ON SUPPORT: ‘I DON’T NEED A LECTURE’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., doubled down on her support for Joe Biden on Thursday in the face of a sexual assault allegation against him and had a contentious response to a reporter who asked whether she was treating Biden differently than Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
During her Capitol press conference, the first question to the speaker was about Biden, but Pelosi shut down the reporter, saying she first wanted to address the topic on hand — expanding broadband access as part of the broader coronavirus stimulus measures.
At the end of the press conference, after Pelosi has spoken thoroughly about her legislative priorities, the reporter brought up the sexual assault allegation from Tara Reade against the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. The Washington Examiner’s Kerry Picket asked whether Democrats had a different “standard” for Biden than for Kavanaugh, for whom Democrats were demanding an FBI investigation over an alleged assault when he was a teenager.
“I respect your question,” Pelosi told the reporter. “I don’t need a lecture or a speech.”
Pelosi said she supports the #Metoo movement that gave way to victims of sexual harassment speaking out against powerful politicians, celebrities and media figures, but she said she stands by Biden.
“There is also due process. And the fact that Joe Biden is Joe Biden,” Pelosi said.
Pelosi said there are statements from former Biden employees who don’t corroborate the allegation from Reade, a former Senate staffer, at the time. (However, in recent weeks Reade’s story has gotten additional support from people she allegedly told at the time.)
“There was never any record of this, there was never any record,” Pelosi said. “And that nobody ever came forward or nobody ever came forward to say something about it apart from the principal involved.”