Megyn Kelly Interviews Tara Reade: “I’m Not Here to Influence a National Election”
You can watch it here.
It’s a pretty good interview, but it is marred by Kelly’s failure to ask Reade why she wrote the words “this is not a story about sexual misconduct” for publication, just last year.
You definitely get the sense that she seems far more angry that Biden told her “you’re nothing to me” than by the alleged fact that he put his fingers in her vagina without her consent. (There are also details in the interview about how this was so easy for him to allegedly do; i.e., they get graphic and specific about what she was wearing and what she was not wearing.)
There’s a lot here to talk about, but I want to focus on her claim, which she contradicts elsewhere in the interview, that she is “not here to influence a national election.” The lady doth protest too much, methinks:
KELLY: A lot of Democrats are mad. They’re mad at you for, they see it as an attempt to tar their guy — the one guy who could bring down a man they loathe — and they kinda just wish you would go away. To those people, what do you say?
READE: I say again: you don’t have to discredit me or not believe me to vote for Joe Biden. Voting is a very personal thing, and I’m not here to influence a national election, and I don’t want to be. I do not want to help Donald Trump win. I do not want to help Joe Biden win, obviously. He’s the person that hurt me.
It’s a claim made about 38 minutes into the interview, and it’s bullshit. And we know it’s bullshit because of the things she had already admitted elsewhere in the interview. Like this:
KELLY: Was this at all politically motivated? Because that’s what people think, you know. They think you were a Marianne Williamson supporter, you’re a Bernie supporter.
KELLY: This is about politics.
READE: No, actually, it’s not. It, well, I think everything’s political. Like, maybe I’ll take that back. Everything’s political, right? But this is deeper than that. This is about, um, watching the person that assaulted me be elevated to the highest office in the land. He’s running on a platform of character, and I just, I found that gross. I know what he’s like. I experienced what he is like. And I wanted people to know.
KELLY: But if you brought it to, for example, the Elizabeth Warren campaign, right, to try to get them to do something with it. Um, and the Kamala Harris campaign.
READE: I did. Mm-hmm.
KELLY: Isn’t that inherently political? I mean, doesn’t that suggest, in fact, this is all political?
READE: I tried to reach out to them, yes, I did. I tried to reach out to them. Well, Kamala Harris is my representative [sic], so I tried to reach out to her in particular, um, for help. Like I wanted to get a safe place to tell what happened. And I didn’t get a response. So I kept again trying to get it out there. I think that many things can be true at once, is what, you know, we all know, right? He is presented as a champion of women’s rights. And yet I know personally, and I know seven other women that did not experience him that way.
KELLY: One of the reasons people have chosen to dismiss you, some people have chosen to dismiss your allegation, is because there was a March 3d tweet that I want to ask you about.
KELLY: So, the Intercept’s Ryan Grim —
KELLY: — tweeted out, quote: “A head-to-head Biden v Sanders contest will force voters to take a close look at Biden again. That went very badly for him last time.” And you responded at 10:33 p.m. on March 3, 2020: “Yup. Timing… wait for it….tic toc.”
Yup. Timing… wait for it….tic toc
— taratweets (Alexandra Tara Reade) (@ReadeAlexandra) March 4, 2020
It sounds political and it sounds like you were excited to drop this bomb.
READE: That was in response to me getting — finally, I thought — an attorney from, from Time’s Up to finally bring something forward and bring my story forward in a safe way. So that’s why I wrote it.
KELLY: “Tic toc” was a reference to …
READE: Time’s Up.
KELLY: Time’s Up.
KELLY: Were you excited? Because it sounds anticipatory; you’re building the anticipation and the suspense. People have used that as a reason to say, “She’s not credible.”
READE: Mm-hmm. I think that they’ll use anything to say that I’m not credible [laughing]. So I won’t address it in that way. What I will say is that I was very, very vocal on Twitter about trying to get the story forward.
Time’s Up is a legal defense fund that declined Reade’s application to get funds and legal representation due to the political nature of her claim.
And what does Tara “I’m not here to influence a national election” Reade want? She wants Joe Biden to withdraw from the presidential race:
KELLY: If he’s watching this, what do you want to say to him?
READE: I want to say: “You and I were there, Joe Biden. Please step forward and be held accountable. And if you feel that you can address this in a real way, then you know and I know that you should step down. You’re not … you’re not … you should not be running on character for the President of the United States.”
KELLY: You want him to withdraw.
READE: I wish he would. But he won’t, but, I wish he would. That’s how I feel emotionally.
KELLY: Do you want an apology?
READE: I think it’s a little late. That was, should have happened in 1993.
So when Reade says: “I’m not here to influence a national election” … well, the viewer can hardly be blamed if his or her reaction is similar to that of Megyn Kelly, who instantly cocks her head as if to say: “Seriously?” Watch the four-second clip: