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As New Claims Emerge, Will Sexual Assault Allegations Against Biden Matter To Dems?




Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden leaves the lectern after delivering remarks about the coronavirus outbreak on March 12, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden leaves the lectern after delivering remarks about the coronavirus outbreak on March 12, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.
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An associate of a former Senate aide to Joe Biden says the woman told her about her allegations of sexual assault against Biden — now the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee — in the 1990s.

The account, which was published Monday in Business Insider, comes a little over a month after Tara Reade first accused Biden of sexually assaulting her in the basement of a Capitol Hill office building when she worked in his office in the spring of 1993. Biden’s campaign has denied the allegations. In an interview with The Associated Press earlier this month, Reade said she had told at least four people about the incident, including her deceased mother and her brother, who has spoken publicly about the matter. Now Lynda LaCasse, who was Reade’s neighbor in the 1990s, says Reade told her about the alleged assault around the time it happened. LaCasse said that when they were neighbors in 1995 or 1996, Reade told her “about the senator that she had worked for and he put his hand up her skirt.” Allies to President Donald Trump have pointed to the new claim and Democrats have stayed somewhat silent on the issue.

Today on AirTalk, we discuss how the party will move forward. We also want to hear from you. Are you a Democrat? How will the claims and allegations impact your vote in November? Share your thoughts with us by calling 866-893-5722 to join the on-air conversation. 

With files from the Associated Press 

Guest:

Anna North, senior reporter at Vox covering gender, she’s been writing about the controversy surrounding the sexual assault allegations against Joe Biden; she tweets @annanorthtweets