Peter Daou, who had previously advised both former Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, on Saturday, April 25, called for former vice president and 2020 apparent Democratic nominee Joe Biden to end the White House bid. 

Citing new evidence emerging in support of Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegations against Biden, Daou said the Democratic candidate should withdraw.

“Credible rape accusations are disqualifying or we have NO moral standards,” Daou wrote in a series of tweets.

Daou suggested Democrats should reboot the presidential primary, calling on other former candidates to replace Biden including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Daou went on to call a Biden withdrawal both “the ethical position AND the smarter strategy to beat Trump.” He argued that Democrats would “lose ALL moral authority if we embrace ‘the lesser of two accused rapists.'”

Reade came forward when multiple women emerged claiming that Biden has acted inappropriately. She said she tried to share her story last year, but nobody would listen to her. Earlier this month, she filed a criminal complaint against Biden with police in Washington, D.C.

Reade’s story first resurfaced in an article in The Intercept on March 24. This week, new evidence emerged bolstering the credibility of Reade’s claim that she told her mother about allegations of sexual harassment and assault related to Biden.

Biden’s campaign has adamantly denied Reade’s claims, saying that “It is untrue. This absolutely did not happen.”

Clinton has yet to comment on the news but she defended Biden against allegations of inappropriate behavior in the past. In a 2019 video interview with People Magazine, Clinton said Biden should be judged for the “totality” of his record and that he “is a thoroughly decent human being who has served our country honorably and well for decades.”