Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez believes “one thing occurred” between former Vice President Joe Biden and a former staffer accusing him of sexual assault some 27 years in the past — though the allegations usually are not “clear-cut,” she mentioned.
Ocasio-Cortez, talking to Nationwide Public Radio Thursday, warned against dashing to judgment and urged due course of concerning Tara Reade’s claim that the Democratic presidential hopeful sexually harassed her whereas working as an aide for Biden in 1993.
“There have been investigative journalists which have corroborated sure features of her account — that’s plain — [and] have raised questions on different features of her account,” Ocasio-Cortez mentioned.
However the freshman progressive lawmaker additionally acknowledged that it seems “one thing” occurred between Biden and Reade, who has claimed he pinned her against a wall and reached below her skirt earlier than assaulting her. Biden has repeatedly “unequivocally” denied the allegations.
“It definitely appears as if one thing has occurred,” Ocasio-Cortez mentioned. “I’m undecided. Frankly, it is a messy second, and I feel we have to acknowledge that — that it isn’t clear-cut.”
Ocasio-Cortez, 30, mentioned it seems Reade — who informed her ex-husband concerning the allegations, based on a 1996 courtroom doc obtained Thursday — desires to get her story out.
“If something, it appears like she merely desires to be heard,” she mentioned. “It appears as if she doesn’t really feel she’s been heard but.”
In her most detailed account of the accusations, Reade informed Megyn Kelly Thursday that she remembers Biden saying “I need to f–okay you” as he pinned her up against a wall when she was a junior staffer in his Senate workplace.
A good friend of Reade’s, in the meantime, additionally informed NPR that she informed her of the identical alleged assault on the time. Her brother additionally mentioned Reade shared a few of her account with him, NPR studies.
Regardless of the accusations, Ocasio-Cortez mentioned she nonetheless plans to vote for Biden, whereas stopping wanting endorsing him Thursday.
“I feel an endorsement means we now have come to a spot the place we now have developed a imaginative and prescient collectively not only for successful [in November], however for getting our nation to a greater place,” she informed NPR.