CNN’s Jake Tapper interviewed the very unpopular governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer about serious sexual assault charges against Democrat Presidential candidate Joe Biden by Tara Reade, a lifetime Democrat and former aide to then-U.S. Senator Joe Biden. Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer, of the must-win state of Michigan, is on Joe Biden’s shortlist to be his vice-presidential candidate in the upcoming election.
Tapper asked Whitmer to weigh in on Biden’s former Senate aide Tara Reade’s accusations. To his credit, Tapper reminded his viewers that Whitmer believed Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court Justice Bret Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings in 2018, even though Ford did not have as many contemporaneous accounts as Readen has to back her up allegations.
Tapper asked Whitmer, “You have spoken movingly about how you’re a survivor of assault yourself. Why do you believe Biden and not Kavanaugh?” The CNN host pressed, “Are they not both entitled to the same presumption of innocence regardless of their political views?”
Whitmer, who appeared to be taken back by Tapper’s question, backpedaled, telling him, “I’ll say this. We need to give people an opportunity to tell their story, but then we have a duty to vet it, and just because you’re a survivor doesn’t mean that every claim is equal. It means we give them the ability to make their case and the other side as well, and then to make a judgment that is informed.”
Whitmer then hilariously, pointed to the lack of a “pattern” in Joe Biden’s behavior that makes her question his accuser, saying: “I have read a lot about this current allegation. I know Joe Biden, and I’ve watched his defense, and there’s not a pattern that goes into this. And I think for these reasons, I’m very comfortable that Joe Biden is who he says he is.”
Is Whitmer comfortable that Joe Biden is innocent because she’s on his shortlist to become his VP?