Joe Biden sex-assault accuser Tara Reade mentioned she used to be a die-hard Barack Obama supporter — however she has left the Democratic Party after the blowback to her claims in opposition to the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
Reade, who has accused Biden of sexually assaulting her in his Senate workplace in 1993, mentioned she voted for Obama for president in 2008 and 2012 — however now feels she has no occasion to flip to.
“I’m leaving the Democratic Party and I received’t be a part of any,” Reade mentioned throughout an interview with Megyn Kelly revealed in its entirety Friday.
“I received’t be a Republican; it’s simply not my political perception system,” she went on. “I’ve been just about progressive all my life…I really feel politically homeless.”
Biden and his marketing campaign have strenuously denied the alleged assault came about. Reade insists she was thrown in opposition to a wall and sexually violated by Biden when she labored as one in every of his employees assistants.
When requested by Kelly of a “double-standard” amongst Democrats, Reade mentioned she has been “upset” and “indignant” watching folks like Elizabeth Warren proceed to help Biden.
“I don’t actually care deep down in the event that they imagine me or not … however I need different survivors to know that they’ll come ahead,” Reade continued.
“And once they see this kind of onslaught, this kind of partisanship, it’s very discouraging.
“So we will come ahead until it’s a Democrat? Is that the message that they’re sending?” she mentioned.
Reade mentioned that on the time she voted for Obama, her daughter was younger and he or she wasn’t prepared to come ahead and face the highlight.
“I wasn’t voting for [Biden]; I used to be voting for Obama,” she mentioned. “I imply, I used to be actually hopeful and glad that Obama turned president, and Joe Biden occurred to be on the ticket.”
Reade sidestepped sure questions, together with when Kelly introduced up her bizarrely effusive reward of Vladimir Putin up to now.
Reade basically mentioned she was combatting anti-Russian sentiment however has since had a change of coronary heart on the Russian president.
“What I’d say now that I don’t admire his view about, for example, home violence packages,” she mentioned. “There’s not quite a lot of help for girls, from my understanding.
After the alleged assault, Reade mentioned she did file a proper criticism about conduct in Biden’s workplace — although she didn’t point out the incident or any prior sexual harassment.
She mentioned she filed a criticism after she felt she had been retaliated in opposition to for refusing to serve drinks at a fundraiser. Biden allegedly requested she accomplish that be he “appreciated my legs and thought I used to be fairly,” Reade mentioned.
Marianne Baker, Biden’s govt assistant and Reade’s boss, afterward informed Reade she had to gown extra conservatively and never “look so attractive and noticeable,” in accordance to Reade.
Reade denied that her accusations had been purely politically motivated.
“I believe every little thing is political…however that is deeper than that,” she mentioned.
“That is about watching the person who assaulted me be elevated to the very best workplace within the land. He’s working on a platform of character and I, I simply, I discovered that gross.”