Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the chief rival of Joe Biden for the Democrat presidential nominee until he suspended his presidential campaign in early April, said on MSNBC Friday that he thinks there needs to be a thorough investigation into Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegations against Biden to see if any conclusions can be reached.
“We’re in a situation where we understand that, for decades, women were not able to come forward. They were penalized, punished when they came forward to make their case, and this woman has every right in the world to make her case,” Sanders said.
“The media must do a thorough investigation,” Sanders said. “Joe Biden has been very firm in saying it never happened. That’s Joe’s point of view. So, of course, Joe is going to stay in the race.”
There has been talk of replacing Joe Biden as the nominee, but Sanders’ name has not come up as a top contender in doing so. Instead, the Democrat National Committee seems to be considering a deus ex machina scenario where someone who has not previously been a candidate is installed in the position of nominee by the party apparatus.
As Sanders said of the Reade investigation, “We will see where that leads.”
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