A 27-year-old allegation circulating among Bernie Sanders supporters and propped up by Trumpworld, which Biden denies, was featured in the Times, Post, AP, and NBC over the last weekend. For Never Biden adherents, it may not be enough.
Reade, who last year accused Biden of inappropriate touching around the same time that seven other women leveled allegations of their own, made the sexual assault claim last month on Halper’s podcast. There, and in later interviews, she said Biden thrust her against a wall and proceeded to grope and penetrate her with his fingers while the two were alone. “He was whispering to me and trying to kiss me at the same time, and he was saying, ‘Do you want to go somewhere else?’’’ she told the AP, noting the incident took place after she brought him a gym bag. “I remember wanting to say stop, but I don’t know if I said it out loud or if I just thought it. I was kind of frozen up,” she added. Reade, who was then in her 20s, went on to claim that a “shocked and surprised” Biden responded by telling her, “Come on, man, I heard you liked me.”
Reade made her accusation official last week by by filing a public incident report with the Washington, D.C., police on Thursday. It did not cite Biden by name but detailed a contemporaneous incident. After Rich McHugh reported on the report for Business Insider on Friday, the Times, the Post, the AP, and NBC News all followed, each noting in weekend stories that reporters had conducted interviews with Reade and had been looking into the allegation for several weeks.