Joe Biden says people who believe Tara Reade shouldn’t vote for him

On The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell, Joe Biden once again faced questions about the sexual assault allegation made against him by former staffer, Tara Reade. O’Donnell referenced a recent Op-Ed piece in the New York Times about believing Reade but still planning on voting for Biden. O’Donnell asked Biden what he would say to women who were excited to vote for him, but the allegations were made and they believe Reade, now they’re uncertain. And rather than dance around the question as many politicians would, Biden gave a surprising answer.

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LAWRENCE O'DONNELL: If they do believe Tara Reade, and you're not going to change their mind about that, what would you say to them about their vote?

JOE BIDEN: Well, I think they should vote their heart. And if they believe Tara Reade, they probably shouldn't vote for me.

KYLIE MAR: On "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell," Joe Biden once again faced questions about the sexual assault allegation made against him by former staffer Tara Reade, this time in response to a recent "New York Times" op ed. And Biden gave a surprising answer.

JOE BIDEN: I wouldn't vote for me if I believed Tara Reid. The fact is that, look at Tara Read's story. It changes considerably. But I don't want to question her motive. I don't want to question anything other than to say the truth matters.

KYLIE MAR: Though Biden and others have pointed to inconsistencies in Reade's story, Biden reiterated that women should be listened to.

JOE BIDEN: When a woman makes a claim that she has been harassed or abused-- and this claim has changed has it's gone on-- but harassed or abused, she should be taken seriously. She should come forward, share her story. She should be taken seriously. And it should be thoroughly vetted.

KYLIE MAR: And Biden once again wholeheartedly denied the allegation.

JOE BIDEN: I promise you, it never happened. It should be vetted. She should be thoroughly looked at. And whether or not these happen, look at the story, follow the storyline, and determine whether there's any truth to it. And there is no truth to it.