Joe Biden is making it extremely hard to make us want to cheer him on in the 2020 election, which is exactly what we’ll have to do regardless of how poorly he handles the situation with former staffer and sexual assault victim Tara Reade.
“They should vote with their heart.”
“If they believe Tara Reade, they probably shouldn’t vote for me. I wouldn’t vote for me if I believed Tara Reade.”
Guess what? I would love not to vote for you, Joe. Nothing would make me happier. But unfortunately, that boat sailed a long time ago. So that’s not really an option for me, or for anyone who wants to see Trump out of office.
Because, as of now, Biden is set to become the Democratic nominee for President. Meaning that if you don’t vote for Biden, you may as well not vote at all. And not voting is not an option.
The interview only continued to go downhill when he said,
“But I don’t want to question her motive. I don’t want to question anything other than to say the truth matters. This is being vetted. It’s been vetted.”
Just by the sheer fact of bringing up “motive,” he’s playing into every rape-apologists favorite storyline that women only come forward against people in the public eye for attention, money, or some other ridiculous “prize” they think they’ll get.
So, I’m going to go ahead and squash that right now. Women do not come forward for money and they damn-well don’t come forward for attention and fame.
How many of Bill Cosby’s victims can you name? I dare you. There were more than 60. Can you name a single one?
Unless you’re a feminist and someone devoted to believing survivors, you probably can’t. Because no sexual assault survivor has walked away with even a hint of fame — at least, not the good kind.
So, it’s time Uncle Joe stops playing this cutesy game of “of course, I believe assault victims… just not my victim.” Because in the real world, things are a lot more nuanced than “I believe Tara Reade, therefore, I’m not going to vote for Biden.”
Unfortunately, that luxury was taken away a long time ago.
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Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel and when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her obsessing over her tuxedo cat Tom or hoarding drugstore lipsticks.