Updated: Sep 11, 2020
August 18, 2020
By Pierre Jordan
When she accepted Joe Biden’s offer to be his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris showed us once again what she really is: a woman who is so consumed by political ambition that she will let nothing stand in her way.
How do we know this?
One of the more egregious examples is Harris’ shifting attitudes toward sexual assault against women. She pretends to support and believe women who claim to be victims of sexual harassment and assault, and she was quick to smear Brett Kavanaugh’s name, but her strong words seem to have been forgotten now that Joe Biden has dangled the prospect of being Vice-President before her.
As we take a closer look, keep in mind one question: “What changed?”
Multiple Sexual Misconduct Allegations
“I believe them, and I respect them being able to tell their story and having the courage to do it.”
~ Senator Kamala Harris (April 2019)
In the early stages of their campaigns, former Vice President and long-time Senator Biden was accused by four women of inappropriate touching and kissing that made them uncomfortable. That number soon grew to eight.
Harris served as a prosecutor in California for 27 years, including four as State Attorney General. Her words carry the weight of her experience. This means that when she says she believes Biden’s accusers, she must have reason.
To be clear, Kamala Harris said, in essence, that she believes that Joe Biden touched multiple women inappropriately. For a veteran prosecutor to make such an unequivocal public condemnation, especially about a former Vice President, is a powerful indictment. There had to be evidence, corroborating witnesses, or believable testimony for her to make such a politically-risky statement.
In the light of these allegations, Harris the candidate admitted that Biden dropping out of the race was not out of the question, saying “He’s going to have to make that decision for himself. I wouldn’t tell him what to do.”
But just a few months later, Harris' campaign ran out of steam, and she ended her Presidential run in October of 2019.
Then everything changed.
The Tara Reade Allegation
“...the Joe Biden I know is somebody who has really fought for women and empowerment of women for women’s equality and right.”
~ Senator Kamala Harris (April 2020)
One of those eight accusers was Tara Reade, a former Biden staff member. In early 2020, Reade expanded her earlier allegation, now saying that the then-Senator had sexually assaulted her in 1993. There is testimony by friends and family members, court documents, and even a contemporary phone call to The Larry King Show by Reade’s mother, all of which support her story.
When she came forward, Reade even filed a police report, an action that could result in criminal charges against her if her story were proven false.
While Biden continues to deny the allegations, he did say, “I wouldn’t vote for me if I believed Tara Reade”.
Remember, less than a year earlier, Harris was already on record as saying she believed Biden’s accusers. And in 2018, she was the lead Democrat attack dog during the confirmation hearing for now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. After he was nominated to the Court by President Donald Trump, Kavanaugh, a conservative, was accused of raping a woman while still in high school.
There was no physical evidence, witnesses, or supporting testimony. And the accuser could not recall when or where it happened. Before she even examined the woman’s testimony, Harris said:
“I believe her. Listen, first of all, anybody who comes forward at this point to be prepared to testify in the United States Senate against someone who’s being nominated to one of the most powerful positions in the United States government, that takes an extraordinary amount of courage.”
Harris continued, saying “She’s doing it, I believe, because she knows that this is an important matter. And she has the courage to come forward. She has nothing to gain. What does she have to gain?”
A Different Story Today
Flash-forward to 2020, where the Reade allegation is supported by others, and yet, Harris expresses support for the Joe Biden she knows, virtually vouching for his character. Of special relevance, that strategy did not sway her when 65 women wrote a letter in support of the Brett Kavanaugh they knew.
Carrie Severino, President of the Judicial Crisis Network, said, “(Harris) really was one of the first of a whole train of Democratic women who absolutely abandoned some of these positions, (and) who were willing to basically say, ‘I’ll believe anyone who is politically convenient, whether that’s (Christine) Blasey-Ford on one side, or whether that’s Joe Biden on the other.”
Singer Meredith Brooks was even more damning with her condemnation of Harris’ apparent reversal, tweeting, “I thought she believed #Tara@ReadeAlexandra. So now it’s OK since he’s making her his running mate? Well, that was easy!”
For the record, Kavanaugh was confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice and Biden is currently under investigation by the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia.
Payment for Services Rendered
So what changed between 2018 -- or even 2019 -- and 2020?
The short answer is this: Kamala Harris badly floundered in her own presidential bid, and when Biden announced in November 2019 that he was committed to choosing a “woman of color”, she saw her second chance. Joe Biden would be her ticket to the White House.
In fact, in April 2020, just one year after former prosecutor Harris said that she believed Biden was a serial sexual harasser, Harris the political opportunist said, “I’d be honored to serve with Joe...”
Evidently, Kamala Harris passed her job interview, and her integrity was a small price to pay.