House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rebuked a reporter during her weekly news Thursday for asking if she and Democrats had different criteria for judging sexual assault claims against presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
“Well let me just say, I respect your question, and I don’t need a lecture or a speech,” she said, interrupting Washington Times reporter Kerry Picket.
The comment was reminiscent of Pelosi’s reaction in December when, while walking from a press conference, stopped and returned to chastise Sinclair Broadcasting reporter James Rosen for calling out and asking if she hated President Donald Trump.
“I’m Catholic, we don’t hate anybody,” she said before returning to the podium to continue her scolding of Rosen. “And as a Catholic I resent your using of the word hate in a sentence that addresses me. I don’t hate anyone.”
During Thursday’s news conference Pickett asked how Democrats “square” their reaction to accusations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh when he was nominated to the Supreme Court last summer and recent allegations against Biden.
Kavanaugh was accused by Christine Blasey Ford of groping her during a party in the early 1980s when they were teenagers, an accusation that was first documented – although not identifying Kavanaugh by name – during a 2012 couples counseling session with her husband. Democrats demanded everything from Kavanaugh being investigated by the FBI to the retraction of his nomination.
Biden recently has been accused by former staffer Tara Reade of pinning her against a wall of a Capitol Hill building and penetrating her with his finger in the spring of 1993.
A video of Larry King taking a call during his CNN talk show “Larry King Live” from what Reade has identified as her mother describing the incident without using names has surfaced, and a former neighbor has since come forward to confirm Reade told her of the altercation with Biden in 1993. Others also have said she told them of the event.
#BREAKING: HERE is the video from August 11,1993's 'Larry King Live' described by @TheIntercept (and Tara Reade) as allegedly featuring her mother calling in and alluding to Reade's sexual assault claims against @JoeBiden (blog here by @ScottJW) https://t.co/fCgEqBnX7n pic.twitter.com/V5FGHskv56
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) April 24, 2020
No prominent Democrat has made any calls for Reade’s accusation to be investigated or that Biden withdraw.
On Thursday, after reproving Picket, Pelosi went on to defend Biden.
“There is also due process, and the fact that Joe Biden is Joe Biden,” Pelosi said “There have been statements from his campaign, not his campaign but his former employees who ran his offices and the rest, that there was never any record of this, there was never any record, and that nobody ever came forward or nobody came forward to say something about it apart from the principle involved.”
On April 17, during an interview with MSNBC, Pelosi said she was satisfied with Biden’s denial.
“Yes, I am. I am very much involved in this issue,” she said. “I always want to give the opportunity that women deserve to be heard. I am satisfied with his answer, yes.”
Biden’s campaign has denied Reade’s allegation, but Biden himself has not addressed the issue indirectly in any forum.