House speaker Nancy Pelosi has become the latest Democrat to back Joe Biden over an allegation that he sexually assaulted former aide, Tara Reade, on Capitol Hill in 1993.
In her first in-person press conference at the Capitol in weeks, Ms Pelosi told reporters that she thinks sexual assault allegations should be taken seriously, but said she supports the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.
“I have complete respect for the MeToo movement. I have four daughters and one son. And there’s a lot of excitement around the idea that women will be heard and be listened to,” she said.
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However, Ms Pelosi added that there was never any record of the assault and said that “the happiest day for me this week was to support Joe Biden for President of the United States.”
During the press conference, Ms Pelosi told reporters that she is satisfied with Mr Biden’s response to the allegations.
“I have great comfort level with the situation as I see it, with all the respect in the world for any woman who comes forward, with all the highest regard for Joe Biden, and that’s what I have to say about that.”
Mr Biden has not yet publicly responded to allegations that he assaulted Ms Reade.
Any comment about the allegation has come from Mr Biden’s campaign team, and Ms Pelosi was asked during an appearance on CNN on Thursday, whether he needs to personally respond to the allegation.
“It’s a matter that he has to deal with, but I am impressed with the people who worked for him at the time saying they absolutely never heard one iota of information about this,” she responded.
“Nobody ever brought forth a claim or had anybody else tell them about such a claim,” she said.
Ms Pelosi is not the only prominent female Democrat to defend the former vice president in the last few days, as both Stacey Abrams and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand backed him earlier this week.
Ms Abrams told CNN that Mr Biden is “a person who’s demonstrated that his love of family, his love of our community, has been made perfectly clear through his work as a congressional leader and as an American leader.”
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