Ilhan Omar Says She Believes Tara Reade’s Sexual Assault Claim Against Joe Biden

( Finally, a prominent Democrat has come forward and said she believes Tara Reade: Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar.
Omar, one of the more progressive members of Congress who is part of the “Squad,” said on Sunday that she believes Reade’s claims of sexual assault against presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden. She further said that if she had her way, Biden wouldn’t represent her party in this November’s General Election.
“I do believe Reade,” Omar said. “Justice can be delayed but should never be denied.”
On one hand, this declaration shouldn’t be that surprising. Omar doesn’t align with much of the traditional old-wigs of the party. She has endorsed Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination and has campaigned for him in the past.
On the other hand, it’s a little surprising that she’d step out and say something that could hurt Biden in his fight to unseat President Donald Trump. Omar has often drawn the ire of Trump on social media.
Reade’s credibility has come into question ever since she came forward with her claims that Biden sexually assaulted her while she was working in his Senate office in 1993. Biden has adamantly denied Reade’s claims, and referred to credibility as well, saying:
“Look at Tara Reade’s story. It changes considerably. And, I don’t want to question her motive, I don’t want to question anything other than to say the truth matters. This is being vetted, it’s been vetted, and people, scores of my employees over my whole career. This is just totally, thoroughly, completely out of character. And, the idea that in a public place, in a hallway, I would assault a woman? I mean, it’s just — I — anyway, I promise you. It never happened.”
Most prominent Democrats have jumped behind the “Support Joe” bandwagon, with people such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi toting the line of backing the “believe women” slogan of the #MeToo campaign while at the same time supporting her party’s candidate. She and others have gotten flack for this, as only two years ago, they were on the exact opposite end of the argument in regard to sexual assault claims against then-Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
In recent days, though, more questions about Reade’s character and credibility have come into question as some old professional inconsistencies have come to light. Even her defense attorney, Douglas Wigdor — who represented the accused victims of Harvey Weinstein — dropped her. He did, however, say his not representing her anymore is “by no means a reflection of whether then-Senator Biden sexually assaulted Ms. Reade.”
In a statement, Wigdor said:
“Much of what has been written about Ms. Reade is not probative of whether then-Senator Biden sexually assaulted her, but rather is intended to victim-shame and attack her credibility on unrelated and irrelevant matters. We have and will continue to represent survivors regardless of their alleged predator’s status or politics.”
The question now, after Omar has come forward to express her thoughts, is whether more prominent progressives will step up and do the same — ultimately setting up a battle within the Democratic Party.