Applying guilt-by-accusation standard
I read with interest Paul Whiteley’s letter published on May 28. Perhaps he was so inspired by Joe Biden telling Charlamagne Tha God on May 22, “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black” that he chose to question the Christianity of those who support President Trump.
I am not shocked, offended or surprised by his remarks. This tactic is right out of Saul Alinsky’s book, “Rules for Radcials.” Alinsky’s Fourth Rule is “Hold your enemy to his own book of rules.” Given that, it is only fair to apply that rule to Tara Reade’s recent sexual assault allegation against Joe Biden.
Former staff member Tara Reade claimed a then-50-year-old Sen. Biden sexually assaulted her in 1993. While this was from almost 30 years ago, according to a June 7 article in The National Interest at least eight friends and family members had been told by Ms. Reade about this well before she came forward. The response by Democrats and their mainstream media allies has been either mute or in support of Biden.
When Linda Hirshman stated in a New York Times opinion piece, “I believe Tara Reade, I’m voting for Joe Biden anyway,” she summed things up beautifully. So, what happened to the “Women must be believed” mantra of the #MeToo movement?
How can these same Democrats who judged Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh or any male college freshman guilty by simple accusation now turn a blind eye to this? Why would Christine Balsey Ford’s unsubstantiated claim of what allegedly happened at a high school party be enough to bar Kavanaugh from the Supreme Court, yet Tara Reade’s accusation would not justify keeping Joe Biden out of the Oval Office?
Could it be these Democrats really don’t care about this issue? Isn’t this just another case of their using identity politics?
Maybe Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey or Juanita Broaddrick can answer that question. I have heard they have some experience in this area as well.
Kenneth L. Randall