KEY POINTS

  • Joe Biden will break his silence on the sexual assault allegations the first time Friday
  • Biden will address the issue on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”
  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi had said Biden "has to deal with" the allegations
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The presumptive Democratic nominee for president, Joseph Biden, will publicly address -- after a long silence -- allegations of sexual assault brought forward by Tara Reade, a former aide in his Senate office, on Friday (May 1).

Biden will break his silence on the sexual assault allegations the first time when he appears on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Thursday that Biden "has to deal with" the allegations, when CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota pointed out: “To be clear, [Biden] hasn’t addressed it, his campaign has addressed it, but he has not directly addressed it.”

Reade has claimed Biden assaulted her in a Senate building in 1993. Biden served as a U.S Senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009 and is the former Vice President to former President Barack Obama, serving in that capacity for eight years through 2016. He will be 78 years old in November.

The allegations came to light on March 25, the latest in a series of women who have accused Biden of inappropriate touching. Not helping Biden’s image is a plethora of videos posted on YouTube showing him being what some describe as overly affectionate to young girls. In some of the videos, the girls appear visibly uncomfortable.

Even before the 2016 election of President Donald Trump, Democratic leaders were planning for 2020. Armed with a largely complicit media, they launched a series of attacks against Trump that culminated in an unsuccessful impeachment trial, which began in late 2019 and ended on Feb. 5 of this year.

After the March 25 allegations by Reade, partisan politics and other issues began to play out once again, with some issues that could impact the November election.

The first issue centers around the September, 2018, hearing that pitted then-Supreme Court nominee Brent Kavanaugh against Christine Blasey Ford who offered emotional testimony alleging she was sexually assaulted at a party in 1982. Leading Democratic leaders like Speaker Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Representative Lucy McBath, along with the media, railed against Kavanaugh despite sketchy evidence that appears to be weaker than what Tara Reade is offering.

Their silence on Biden prompted one member of The National Republican Congressional Committee to send an email that asked, “…. Will Lucy McBath be a leader and speak out for all women even when it doesn’t politically suit her?”

Joe Biden has won Nancy Pelosi's endorsement for US president Joe Biden has won Nancy Pelosi's endorsement for U.S. president. Photo: AFP / SAUL LOEB

The second issue is Biden’s Senate papers that are housed at the University of Delaware but are not open to the public, according to Andrea Boyle Tippett, the university’s director of external relations. She said in an email, “We are currently curating the collection, a process that we estimate will carry at least into the spring of 2021. As the curating process is not complete, the papers are not yet available to the public, and we are not able to identify what documents or files can be found within the collection.”

Sometime between April 2019, when Biden announced his candidacy, and March 25 when Reade made her allegations, officials for the Biden campaign "rifled through" the documents on "at least one occasion," according to a Business Insider report citing a statement from Tippett.  

It should be noted that Biden attended the University of Delaware earning a BA degree in 1965. According to a Fox News report Thursday, numerous top officials on the board of the University of Delaware have close personal and financial ties to the former vice president and that the chairman of the board even bought Biden's house in 1996 for $1.2 million, an amount that raised some eyebrows due to the condition of the house.

The third issue is the coronavirus pandemic that may have turned the political tide to favor the Democrats. Any perceived missteps and statements by Trump will be used as campaign fodder and there are plenty of incidents Trump has supplied that the Democrats can use to turn the election from what was likely a Trump landslide victory into a close race.

Biden’s comments Friday on Reade’s allegations could turn into another major issue that could widen or reduce the political gap as November approaches.