“There’s no hypocrisy here. You respect women, you believe women. They have a right to tell their story.”
FOX News contributor and former interim chairwoman of the DNC, Donna Brazile, appeared on the The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino on Friday afternoon and was asked about the allegations against Joe Biden.
It was a struggle to reach her answer.
Dana Perino and her other guest, former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, repeatedly asked Brazile if she believes Tara Reade before she finally said that she believes Joe Biden.
Mica Soellner reports at the Washington Examiner:
Donna Brazile won’t say she believes Tara Reade despite supporting Joe Biden
Former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile won’t say whether she believes Tara Reade, who accused former Vice President Joe Biden of sexual assault.
Brazile, a Fox News contributor who appeared Friday on the network’s Daily Briefing with Dana Perino, was pushed on her support for Biden amid the allegation that he assaulted former Senate staffer Reade in 1993 when he was a Delaware senator.
Brazile, who joined Perino with former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, commended Biden on his interview early in the day with Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski, calling it “straightforward.” Brazile also said she felt Democrats have championed believing women coming forward in the last 30 years.
“We are talking about women who have come forward to tell their story,” Brazile said. “To make sure that they are heard and respected. That is [why] Joe Biden requested that it be investigated. That she be believed, and that she be heard. I have heard from Tara Reade. I did not hear from Joe Biden. That’s why I was grateful to hear from him today. She has already spoken.”
The actual transcript, provided below by Newsbusters, is painful to read:
DONNA BRAZILE: I have heard from Tara Reade. I have not heard from Joe Biden. That’s why I was grateful to hear from him today. She has already spoken. Maybe not on network TV or cable television, but I’m glad that she will get another opportunity to tell her story —
ARI FLEISCHER: Do you believe Tara Reade?
BRAZILE: What’s important during this, yes, we have heard, she’s been on Democracy TV. [Democracy Now]
FLEISCHER: — Do you believe Tara Reade?
BRAZILE: She’s given interviews, we’ve heard from her, but we respect women. That’s — the bottom line is respect women —
DANA PERINO: Donna, Ari is trying to ask you, Donna, do you believe Tara Reade?
BRAZILE: There’s no hypocrisy here. You respect women, you believe women. They have a right to tell their story.
PERINO: Do you believe Tara Reade?
FLEISCHER: Do you believe Tara Reade? [Dogs start barking]
BRAZILE: I’m sorry. [to dogs] I know you like Dana Perino, but you have to stop that, I’m on Fox.
PERINO: Donna, I don’t want to let you off the hook here.
BRAZILE: I believe that Joe Biden is telling the truth, I also believe that Tara reade who first said it was sexual harassment, and now says it’s sexual assault. I believe she has every opportunity to be respected and to tell her story.
Here’s the video:
It’s amazing how far Democrats will go, tying themselves in knots, trying to have it both ways on this.
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