Tara Reade Now Has Much More Evidence Than Blasey Ford Ever Did

It could be argued, quite successfully, that the moment Tara Reade dropped her bombshell allegations against her former boss, Sen. Joe Biden, that she was more credible than Christine Blasey Ford ever was. That’s not to say that there was a lot of evidence to support Reade’s claim. As far as we can tell, there was none at all. It was just her word against his, and Biden vehemently denies that anything inappropriate ever happened. But in the age of #BelieveAllWomen, that should have been enough. After all, Reade could at least clear a bar of credibility that Blasey Ford never did: She can prove that she actually knew the man she’s accusing. That’s a pretty significant advantage, we’d say.

As of this weekend, though, the gulf between Reade’s credibility and that of Blasey Ford’s widened considerably. Thanks to some perceptive work done by The Intercept and the Media Research Center, a video was uncovered from August 1993. That was when a woman from San Luis Obispo, California called into “Larry King Live” to ask a very interesting question.

“Yes, hello. I’m wondering what a staffer would do besides go to the press in Washington?” the caller asked. “My daughter has just left there after working for a prominent senator, and could not get through with her problems at all, and the only thing she could have done was go to the press, and she chose not to do it out of respect for him.”

“In other words, she had a story to tell but out of respect for the person she worked for, she didn’t tell it?” asked King.

“That’s true,” she replied.

In an interview with CNN on Friday, Reade said that the caller was her own mother.

“I’ve been crying because I haven’t heard my mom’s voice in a few years. So it’s been a little emotional,” Reade said. “I miss her. I miss her voice.”

Granted, Reade’s mother does not mention any specifics in the call, but we’d say this is close enough to the mark to count as contemporary corroboration. At the very least, again, it’s far more evidence than Blasey Ford ever produced about her supposed encounter with a teenage Brett Kavanaugh.

Did Biden sexually assault Reade in 1993? We don’t know. We can hardly even speculate. Even with this Larry King call, it still mostly comes down to her word against his.

But we continue to be absolutely amazed at how eager the media is to squash this story. That is the real tale of this saga. This is the cold, cruel death of the #MeToo movement. It has been exposed forever as a partisan political scam, and you will NEVER be able to put the genie back in the bottle. Until and unless this accusation is treated with the gravitas as Blasey Ford’s was, #BelieveWomen is officially over.

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