House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Monday morning, April 27, announced her endorsement for Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden as he is facing sexual assault allegations from his former aide Tara Reade.
“I’m proud to endorse Joe Biden for president of the United States because he will be an extraordinary president,” Pelosi said in her endorsement video. “He knows how to get the job done.”
.@JoeBiden has fought for our health care, for our families & for our children’s future.
To his work, Joe brings values & integrity. He is a voice of reason & resilience who will fight #ForThePeople. Today, I am proud to endorse him for President of the United States. -NP pic.twitter.com/Qdc9vTgWHP
— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) April 27, 2020
“When our nation faced the Great Recession, it was Joe Biden who led the implementation—and the accountability—of the Recovery Act, helping create and save millions of jobs. When the Democratic Congress was passing the Affordable Care Act, Joe Biden was a partner for progress in the White House and also championed the Cancer Moonshot,” she continued.
“Joe Biden brings values and integrity to work every day, because he never forgets his roots,” Pelosi added. “Now more than ever we need a forward-looking, battle-tested leader who will fight for the people. A president with the values, experience and the strategic thinking to bring our nation together and build a better fairer world for our children.”
Pelosi did not mention the sexual misconduct allegations against Biden in the video. When asked about the allegations in an April 17 interview with MSNBC, Pelosi said she’s satisfied with Biden’s denial.
Pelosi’s endorsement came as new evidence supporting Reade’s assault claim resurfaced. A 1993 video that emerged last week appeared to show Reade’s mother discussing her daughter’s “problems” with a “prominent senator” on CNN’s “Larry King Live.” Meanwhile, The Daily Caller reported that every Democrat in the Senate has refused to acknowledge the sexual misconduct allegation against the former vice president.
Over the weekend, critics and ≠MeToo movement supporters have called on Biden to drop out of the 2020 presidential race, including a former Hillary Clinton adviser Peter Daou. The hashtag ≠DropOutBiden is trending on Twitter.
“Credible rape accusations are disqualifying or we have NO moral standards,” Daou said.
Reade has alleged that Biden sexually assaulted her when she worked in his office as a staffer in the early 1990s. She came forward when multiple women emerged claiming that Biden has acted inappropriately. She said she tried to share her story last year, but no one would listen to her. Earlier this month, she filed a criminal complaint against Biden with police in Washington, D.C. The Biden campaign has adamantly denied the claim.