Three weeks ago, if you can remember back that far during the Coronapocalypse, I told you about how Alyssa Milano singlehandedly ended the #MeToo movement she helped create. Even if you think that’s an exaggeration, you can’t deny that she dealt her own beloved cause a serious blow with this:
I explained my silence on the allegations against Joe Biden in this clip.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) April 6, 2020
You might be asking: “Why should anybody care what Alyssa Milano thinks about anything? She’s… Alyssa Milano!” And in a perfect world, you’d be right. Nobody would care. But our world is far from perfect. That’s why so many people cared when Milano sat behind Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing/struggle session a mere 18 months ago, glaring at him over her glasses and serving as the personification of the #MeToo movement she claimed to represent.
If you believed Christine Blasey Ford, no matter the evidence or lack thereof, you should believe Tara Reade. Ford couldn’t even tell us where or when her alleged attack was supposed to have happened, and nobody else seems to know either. Whereas Reade can give us a time and a place, and she told other people about it at the time. Including her mom:
BREAKING: Is this the mother of Joe Biden’s accuser talking to CNN in 1993? pic.twitter.com/rF7jw35s2F
— MediaResearchCenter (@theMRC) April 24, 2020
The problem is that the Dems are just getting used to the idea of nominating Joe Biden. They’ve just now started wrapping their tiny little heads around it. And once they get an idea into their “minds,” it’s very difficult to dislodge. They’ve built up a very strong resistance to facts and evidence and logic and reason and all that nasty stuff. That’s why journalists and other Democrats have been doing everything possible to deny this is happening to them.
And they do think of it in those terms. This isn’t something that happened to Tara Reade. It’s happening to them.
This is the most persuasive corroborating evidence that has come out so far. What a nightmare. https://t.co/u4yPbEElaf
— Michelle Goldberg (@michelleinbklyn) April 27, 2020
If you consider the truth to be a nightmare, maybe the problem is you? Maybe you’re the bad guy here?
All of which is to say that I’m not surprised Alyssa Milano’s facade is starting to crack. Even someone that insulated from reality can’t deny it much longer:
I’m aware of the new developments in Tara Reade’s accusation against Joe Biden. I want Tara, like every other survivor, to have the space to be heard and seen without being used as fodder. I hear and see you, Tara. #MeToo
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) April 28, 2020
“Without being used as fodder.” Yeah, yeah. We see you too, Alyssa Milano.
Alyssa Milano, a journey. pic.twitter.com/VhIcKo25sr
— Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) April 28, 2020
The truth is the truth, no matter who you think it helps or hurts. That’s why it’s called the truth.
At least she’s dealing with it better than our moral, ethical, and intellectual betters in the press. I can’t even imagine the mental gymnastics it took to come up with this sentence:
Developments in allegations against Biden amplify efforts to question his behavior https://t.co/OWXvnKzvvN
— Post Politics (@postpolitics) April 28, 2020
Oh, do they? Eschew obfuscation, WaPo.
I don’t claim to know what happened between Joe Biden and Tara Reade over 25 years ago. But if I was expected to take Christine Blasey Ford seriously, I’m taking Reade seriously. Rationalize it away if you like. Bleat “But Trump!” all day long if it makes you feel better. (I don’t like his treatment of women either, which is one of the many reasons I didn’t vote for either of those creeps in 2016.) But this is not going away.
Tara Reade deserves to be heard. If you don’t think so, then you don’t get to scold me to #BelieveWomen anymore. All your caterwauling and blame-shifting won’t change the fact that you’ve betrayed #MeToo.
Christine Blasey Ford’s “Lasting Impact” didn’t last very long, did it? That’s what happens when principles collide with power.