The walls are closing in on presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden as sexual allegations against him linger.
On Friday the former vice president appeared on MSNBC and got decimated by “Morning Joe” host Mika Brzezinski who asked him questions he could not answer.
And it got worse when Democrat California Rep. Eric Swalwell decided not to toe the company line and came out in favor of Biden’s University of Delaware records being released.
“The vice president calling for an investigation into any records that exist is the right thing to do,” he said on the Fox News show “America’s Newsroom.
But that is not what Biden said. What he said was he supported a search of Reade’s name in the national archives but not the archives of the University of Delaware.
Swalwell said that he would not “question Reade’s motives” for coming forward now as the presidential campaign heads into the home stretch.
“The vice president didn’t either. He didn’t say she was a liar, he didn’t say he’s going to sue her, he didn’t say she’s not his type and, remember, those are all the things President Trump said about the 25 people who accused him.,” Swalwell said.
And he stuck to his guns that every woman should be believed, which is a tough break for Biden, though he did say that Biden has a right to defend himself.
“Other people around the incident, people who worked in the office at the time should be interviewed and I’m going to leave it to that,” he said.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, the current presumptive nominee for president from the Democrat Party, is falling apart.
He finally addressed the sexual assault allegations on Friday with, what he likely thought, would be a softball interview on MSNBC.
But unlike CNN, MSNBC has not taken a handle Biden with kid gloves approach and he found that out when he sat for an interview on “Morning Joe.”
I don’t know what’s in Biden’s University of Delaware papers but he really doesn’t want people seeing them.
He won’t even agree to a search of documents just with Tara Reade’s name on them. pic.twitter.com/oavzsdRax2
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) May 1, 2020
Biden made his mistake when he called on the National Archives to release any records that show a complaint against him by his former staffer Tara Reade.
The reason it was a mistake came when MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski asked him why he would not allow the same search for her name to occur in the University of Delaware records.
The look on his face, as he stumbled and fumbled to find any excuse of why he would not allow that, could be the nail in the coffin of his campaign.
“The first is about your University of Delaware records. Do you agree with the reporting that those records were supposed to be revealed to the public and then they were resealed for a longer period of time until you leave ‘public life?’’
“And if you agree with that, if that’s what happened, why did that happen?” the host asked Biden who had a prepared answer.
“The fact is that there’s a lot of things of speeches I’ve made, interviews I did overseas with people, all those things related to my job, the idea they’d all be made public while I was running for public office, they could be taken out of context,” he said.
“They’re position papers, they’re documents that existed and that when I met with Putin or whoever, all that could be fodder in a campaign at this time. I don’t know anyone who has done anything like that.”
Sounds good right? Nice and prepared and makes sense? What he was not expecting was the next question from Brzezinski
“Are you certain there was nothing about Tara Reade in those records?” she said to Biden who interrupted to declare “I am absolutely certain.”
“If so, why not approve a search of her name in those records?” she said to complete her question.
That is when Biden looked like a deer in headlights. Like a man searching for an answer that sounds remotely believable.
“A search of her name?” he responded.
“Yes, and reveal anything that might be related to Tara Reade in the University of Delaware records?” she said.
“There is nothing. They wouldn’t… They’re not there. And I, I, I… you know, I don’t understand the point you’re trying to make! There are no personnel records by definition,” he clumsily said.
“I’m just talking about her name, not anybody else in those records – a search for that,” she said.
This was followed by the most awkward moment of stone cold silence you have ever seen/
“Why not do a search for Tara Reade’s name in the University of Delaware records,” she pressed.
“Look, I mean, who does that search?” he said.
“Perhaps the University of Delaware?” she said.
If an interview ever, in the history of politics, made someone look guilty as hell, this is that interview.