“The New York Times is calling for the DNC to establish a ‘truth panel’ on this,” said the Real Time host. “And Democrats are coalescing around the position that this accusation must be thoroughly vetted for the party to keep its credibility.”
Maher suggested that instead of the rallying cry “believe women,” Democrats might be better served by the more neutral “take accusations seriously.”
The problem, said Maher, is that “believing everything doesn’t make you noble, it makes you gullible.”
Republicans, said Maher, don’t care about this stuff, so it becomes “a unilateral weapon that is used only against Democrats.”
Democrats, being the party of “choice,” can choose another path, says Maher.
This is a sex scandal but, said Maher, the fact that “America has turned into a failed state that does a worse job at keeping its citizens alive than Cambodia” is a bigger problem.
Given the state of the country and what he called the he said/she said nature of Tara Reade’s allegations, Maher suggested the most practical stance on the Biden scandal might be, “Don’t know. Never will. Don’t care.”
Some former colleagues and landlords of Tara Reade, the former Joe Biden staffer who has accused him of sexual assault, say she is not to be trusted.
“You can use these words: manipulative, deceitful, user,” California attorney Kelly Klett, who rented Reade a room in her home in 2018, told Politico in a deep dive into Reade’s past.
“She has a problem,” Lynn Hummer, the owner of a horse sanctuary where Reade was a volunteer, said. “I do think she’s a liar.”
But the five named witnesses who criticize Reade in the story have had legal tangles with her, including disputes over rent and veterinary bills, Reade’s attorney Douglas Wigdor said.
“If the assertion is that someone who has lied to their landlord because they don’t have the money to pay rent so then they lied about a sexual assault, I don’t think that is fair journalism,” Wigdor told Politico.
Several of the people said that Reade had spoken well of Biden.
“It was positive and in a bragging sense,” Klett said. “There was never one allegation against Joe Biden that was disparaging.”
Biden has denied Reade’s allegation that he pinned her against a wall in 1993 and assaulted her.