Tara Reade, the woman who has been buried by the Democratic party and their mainstream media allies after coming forward about her time as a staffer for Joe Biden where he sexually assaulted her, is now speaking out against what the Democrats have done to her.
The same day that her alleged rapist Joe Biden formally accepted the Democratic nomination as the convention came to an end, Reade lamented that seeing her assailant celebrated as hero has been “traumatizing.”
She said the entire party has been “complicit” in “gaslighting” survivors.
“I’ve communicated with other people who are watching this who had very visceral reactions to what’s happening and how sexual assault survivors. … We’re being gaslighted, right, collectively,” Reade said.
Reade then blasted the blatantly disrespectful hypocrisy that is the Democratic party as they cover up their own transgressions.
“They’re pretending that they’re the upholders of the ‘Me Too’ like a shield but meanwhile, some of their main Democratic elites, some of the main powerful people involved with the party are actually perpetrators themselves. And it’s this denial, collective denial and gaslighting of survivors, that’s been so concerning to me.”
“And frankly, I think the Democratic National Committee is complicit because they’re not just ignoring it. They’re participating in it … and enabling those perpetrators,” she said.
Reade said not only was the celebration of Biden disturbing, but the inclusion of former President Bill Clinton – even as photos leaked linking him to an Epstein sexual assault victim added to his already questionable past – in the DNC speaker lineup was “pretty unconscionable” and a “slap in the face to survivors.”
“I’m a sexual assault survivor, so to me, what the speaker lineup showed is kind of like a thumb in all of our faces. It was … really disappointing,” Reade said.
“Rape culture in the United States is thriving under the Democratic Party. I feel that they are not only enabling but they are allowing that behavior to continue just by virtue of who they lined up as speakers who have credible sexual assault and harassment allegations against them and I feel like there’s an abandonment of the voices that are trying to be heard that really wanted systemic change.”
Reade went on to point out that while she was a “lifelong Democrat,” it was in fact the Democrats who made it an “excruciating” experience for her to come forward.
“What I find really astounding has been the hypocrisy around the sexual assault and sexual harassment that I brought forth,” Reade said.
“When there were Republicans being accused of that, the media and the reaction from the Democratic Party was quite different and quite aggressive and quite hostile to the perpetrator, potential perpetrator before it was even investigated. In my case, the hostility was directed right towards and I was basically silenced and erased by using classism and so on.”
She said, “I lost everything coming forward. I lost my work, housing, money, everything because I spoke out against one of the most powerful members of the Democratic Party.”
Ever since she came forward, Reade faced a barrage of online harassment and threats, forcing her to relocate from her home. A GoFundMe campaign was launched last month where 50 percent of proceeds will go to the Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC), a “nonprofit that gives survivors of sexual assault physical, emotional and legal services.” The rest “will go to Tara for safety and security costs, then to her legal costs, then to helping her reclaim her reputation.”
During her interview Reade also said she was willing to speak at the GOP convention which will take place next week.
“I think survivors need a voice and I would be humbled and honored to help raise and lift that voice if that’s possible,” Reade added.
Trump campaign adviser Lara Trump said having Reade speak at the convention was “absolutely” in the cards. “I haven’t spoken directly to her, but that certainly is a conversation that we could have, absolutely.”