Surprised no one’s mentioned this yet, but Tara Reade made what can best be described as a curious move late yesterday. Apparently she’d been in talks to give her first on-camera interview since claiming Joe Biden sexually assaulted her—with Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.” But she abruptly backed out just hours before she was due to start taping.
The woman who accused former Vice President Joe Biden of sexual assault reportedly canceled a planned interview with Fox News Sunday.
Tara Reade, a former Biden staffer who accused the presidential candidate of sexually assaulting her in 1993, reportedly canceled a tentative interview with Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, which was scheduled to be recorded on Friday and aired on Sunday.
More details from Edward-Isaac Dovere of The Atlantic.
According to Lisa Lerer of NYT, Reade and her daughter were facing death threats, which ultimately made her get cold feet.
Death threats are an outrage, no matter what you think of Reade. Still, it’s rather strange that Reade passed up a golden chance to respond to Biden—and before practically the only host on Fox News who wouldn’t turn it into a softball fest. Indeed, Reade has made clear that she doesn’t want her story weaponized by Team Red.
Couple this with her deafening silence on what appears to damning evidence that she edited an old Medium post to match her claims against Biden—and did so mere hours before going public. Then add the news that her initial Senate complaint contained no mention of sexual harassment. At the very least, this is firmly in “things that make you go ‘hmmm’” territory.