IT has been a little over a year since former Vice-President Joe Biden was caught multiple times on video inappropriately caressing the hair and shoulders of women and young girls, earning him the nickname ‘Creepy Uncle Joe’.
Nevertheless, Biden should thank heavens that his political viewpoints and relationships have landed him on the ‘blindside’ of the #MeToo movement rather than on the ‘spotlight’ side.
This is a sad reflection of recent developments. When the #MeToo movement began, its goal was to persuade women to come forward to bring to justice predatory men, who had often been wielding their power and influence to cover for their crimes. The most notable example is Harvey Weinstein, who had been abusing his God-like status within the Hollywood film industry over many years.
However, the movement was soon corrupted: infused with politics and incorporated into the regressive Left’s ‘dirty tricks’ armoury – it was trained to act like a dangerous dog, to be released to maul its master’s enemies.
Fostering a climate of #believeallwomen (where accusers must be believed regardless) it has cast aside the presumption of innocence – an important barrier to tyranny – which has served only to sharpen the dog’s teeth. Any unproven and uncorroborated scent of wrongdoing from someone’s past is enough to rip apart the unsuspecting prey.
Given its potency, the release of the weapon is highly selective, with a foreseeable impact on political outcomes dominating the decision-making process.
This has been the case for some time now, but never has this become more explicit than with the recent allegation of sexual assault against Joe Biden. The accuser, Tara Reade, asserts that she was sexually assaulted by Biden in 1993 when she was working as an aide for him when he was serving in the Senate. Biden has since denied the allegation.
When Reade came forward with her story, little did she know she would prove to be more of an inconvenience rather than a ‘survivor’ to #MeToo’s most loyal supporters – elected officials within the Democratic Party, which is the de facto political wing of the #MeToo movement.
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand immediately launched an Orwellian re-interpretation of the #believeallwomen doctrine, declaring that it entails only the right to be heard, not to be believed, thereby conveniently granting herself the authority to discard Reade’s accusation.
Senator and former Presidential nominee hopeful Kamala Harris also elected to ignore Reade when she approached her office with her story. Meanwhile Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House of Representatives (arguably the most powerful Democrat in the country) reaffirmed her support for Biden, saying how satisfied she is with the way he is handling the allegation.
Where has this sudden determined neutrality come from? Well, it’s simple. Biden now being the Democrats’ only hope for defeating Donald Trump in November, he must be protected at all costs.
The cultural arm of the #MeToo movement, the army of staunch activists in the entertainment industry, who couldn’t contain themselves when their #MeToo plans failed to topple Trump, have proved no better.
Alyssa Milano, the vehement anti-Trump figurehead, confirmed her support of Biden in a tweet, even offering Creepy Uncle Joe advice on how to handle the allegation.
Standing out from this partisan behaviour, some #MeToo proponents have stuck to their principles: Sarah Silverman, another anti-Trump entertainment personality, has condemned Kirsten Gillibrand for deciding in this case not to believe all women. Actress Rose McGowan has waded in, and – enraged by the Democrats’ stance – has declared the party a ‘cult’.
Yet the heat propelled at Biden by the #MeToo movement is so far but a small flame compared with the engulfing inferno that was the Kavanaugh hearings.
Justice Brett Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court by Trump in July 2018 and during the Senate confirmation process, Dr Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a student party some time in the 1980s.
Pushing Ford’s story to the forefront of the confirmation process, the Democrats believed that they had found their golden ticket to dislodge the Kavanaugh nomination, so the Senate’s constitutional role of ‘advise and consent’ was replaced with a kangaroo court.
In the hearings, Ford testified after Kavanaugh, and Kavanaugh and his team were not allowed to question Ford’s narrative, which is impermissible in upholding the right to a fair trial.
It did not matter how unreliable Ford’s testimony was; Kavanaugh’s sentencing was pre-ordained, with the Democrats and the #MeToo movement finding him guilty without a shred of evidence. The proceedings, and subsequent effect on Kavanaugh’s image, came to resemble a demonic mixture of To Kill A Mockingbird and The Crucible.
The discrepancy between the treatment of Biden – who is aiming not for the Supreme Court, but to be president – and Kavanaugh is not just in the response of the #MeToo movement, but in the media’s reporting.
Overwhelmingly liberal, the top US media networks have managed to contain themselves over the Biden allegation. Real Clear Politics reported Dr Ford’s extensive coverage – she was mentioned just under 2,000 times on CNN and MSNBC in September 2018.
By comparison, Reade’s name was reported just nine times on CNN and only once on MSNBC last month, despite the fact that Reade’s allegation is significantly more credible as, unlike Ford, she can provide a geographical location for where the alleged sexual assault took place and had filed a report against Biden which she claims is housed at the University of Delaware (which, if found, would reveal more details about the alleged ordeal).
How fanatical are Biden’s backers willing to be in his defence if Reade is able to provide convincing evidence that can confirm her story beyond a reasonable doubt? How ready will they be to jettison their #MeToo principles for political expediency?
Will Reade be sacrificed on the altar of Biden’s #MeToo partisans, or will some doughty celebs manage to force their hand and thrust Biden into the the #MeToo ‘spotlight’? Not without the MSM on side, and I somehow doubt that. The media has given Biden a pass for years, but it won’t in 2020, Laura McGann, the editorial director of Vox.com, promised just a few weeks ago. Does she have the rest of the liberal MSM on side? I somehow doubt it.