We’ve seen it play out before, Monica’s life was effectively destroyed while Bill remained pristine even after all his lies were uncovered. Biden is playing out similarly, only on an even more devastating scale. The differences between these two cases are important, Monica consented to a sexual relationship, Tara did not.
I believe Monica was at least partially groomed, as she was in her early twenties, right out of collage and had the sexual attention of the President of the United States on her, the power dynamics alone are beyond problematic, but at least liked the man back. Tara wasn’t so lucky as she was, harassed, retaliated against and raped by her boss, a man with whom she had no relationship aspirations.
Monica was degraded, turned into the butt of every joke, her name in many songs used as a synonym for a the sex act she famously took part in. Her life forever changed for mistakenly accepting affection from a powerful democrat, who’s reputation was barely smeared let alone stained.
Tara is receiving similar attacks. Long gone is the Believe Women cry of 2018, now twitter is filled with flip-flopping rape apologists, denying her experience and combing her history for any crumb they can use to try and discredit her. All while completely ignoring or outright denying the legacy that is: Creepy Uncle Joe.
I was like most everyone else, I assumed Biden was just like his Obama-BFF meme character, but once women started coming out with uncomfortable stories of their time in his vicinity, I dug a little deeper and found his horrid record and the eerie C-Span footage. His behavior is that of a classic sleazeball, “handsy” “gropey” “gross” - degrading every little girl as a sexual prize that needs protected by older brothers and large fences. “No dating til you’re 30!” “I bet you're as intelligent as you are good looking!” He said that to a 10 year old girl - setting her up for a lifetime of accepting older men’s comments with a nervous laugh. The more you dig, the more you find - rumors of Biden skinny dipping in his pool, never when his wife Jill was home but definitely when female Secret Service agents, their job to keep eyes on the VP, his captive audience were present. More secret service rumors swirled, male agents attempting to protect their female counterparts from him, having to cancel parties bc Biden would be known to flirt and put hands on every woman and teen in the room. Biden’s history screams predator but no one cares to see it, the only skeletons that seemed to matter are in his accusers closet.
Watching every single bit of rape culture be used as ammo by the same people who, just a couple years ago defended Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, it’s beyond devastating. Having the leaders of MeToo stand behind gropey joe is doing detrimental damage to an incredibly important movement, one they are seemingly throwing to the wolves for their preferred rapist and they’ll say anything they can to convince you it’s possible to both hold Biden accountable for being a rapist while also being electable as POTUS.. which is insane gaslighting, like saying there’s no easy answers - when there sure as hell was with Kavannaugh, as is telling the country it’s too late and he is all we have so shut up and vote for the blue rapist bc the red rapist is much worse.
Which brings me to those of us who believe Tara, it’s a mixed bag of True MeToo Advocates and spiteful Republicans wanting to stick it to the democrats. Theirs, a performative outrage, given they are silent or on defense of their own candidate’s laundry list of Assault victims. The hypocrisy is honestly astonishing, from republicans to those supposed champions and leaders of MeToo, including but not limited to: Alyssa Milano & Tarana Burke, who have both chosen to throw away their entire belief system to shield their preferred predator, in the name of beating Trump. This is an incredible blow to the MeToo Movement, it made us into political fodder... or maybe we always were to them but this time it didn’t benefit them, so they imploded, deleted support for Ford, evidence they once had integrity, for their Predator, creepy uncle joe. That ripple effect is already apparent watching republicans rightfully call out their blatant hypocrisy. It’s been weird agreeing with Trump supporters, but it’s all manufactured BS.
Trust me, I get it, we HAVE to beat Trump, I agree 100% but that also means his competition has to be righteous and Biden is all kinds of wrong. We DO have time to replace him with someone else, someone who actually has the moral high ground needed to take on the current rapist in the White House. Biden hasn’t hit the required delegates, but Gov. Cuomo thought it appropriate to cancel NYC’s primary, that’s a massive amount of voters being silenced all in the name of Biden being seen as the presumptive nominee... I guess the Electoral College really doesn’t matter anymore? We are still months off from the convention and it seems Biden is having some type of mental decline as we see his Wife, Jill, step in during his appearance, speaking for him. We don’t get this done with the Dem version of Trump, who is potentially at a lesser mental capacity than Trump, to think otherwise makes absolutely no sense to me. They are holding on to him so tight, because they are scared of Bernie? Because of something Obama said? Whatever it is, it’s not worth it. It’s not worth shaming survivors into voting for the lesser of two predators and preparing to blame those who couldn’t for his inevitable loss. It won’t be our fault, it will be the fault of those willing to push a rapist instead of a Democratic socialist. Being second in delegates, he’s the obvious replacement candidate which, I’m guessing, is the reason Biden hasn’t been removed yet. They are scrambling to figure out how to make it work or who they can force in at the last minute that isn’t the Obama-unapproved Bernie Sanders. That’s another piece of this chess game, the fact that deals are being made behind closed doors that are beyond voters control. We are told Biden was chosen by the voters, but was he? Or did Obama step in, suggesting the other moderates drop and back Biden for potential cabinet positions. NYC definitely didn’t vote for Biden, they weren’t allowed to vote at all, major city didn’t vote in the primary at all. How is all of this not election rigging & voter suppression?
I remember voting excitedly for Obama after I turned 18, all that hope sounded wonderful, but he turned out to be another centrist dem bought and paid for by corporations, one who didn’t mind bombing and killing innocent lives. Now he’s manipulating the election in favor of his chum, an accused rapist who’s known to grope. He is not the man I thought he was, Democrats are not the party I thought they were, things are not as they seem and I’m devastated. What I know for sure, is that I will always support survivors speaking truth to power. I believe Tara Reade and every other person who says Biden make them feel less than a person. The power plays that have infantilized them in their careers, the teen girls he manhandles and breathes on while uttering some gross misogynistic garbage in their ear, I believe them, I stand with them. Political party does not negate a predator, all rapists need held accountable, period. They don’t need to be given the White House, Again.