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Gretchen Whitmer on Tara Reade: ‘Just Because You’re a Survivor, It Doesn’t Mean Every Claim Is Equal’

‘I don’t believe that it’s consistent with the Joe Biden that I know’


WHITMER: “Jake, as a survivor, and as a feminist, I’ll say this. We need to give people an opportunity to tell their story. Then we have a duty to vet it. And just because you’re a survivor doesn’t mean that every claim is equal. It means we give them the ability to make their case. And the other side as well. And then to make a judgment that is informed. I have read a lot about this current allegation. I know Joe Biden. And I’ve watched his defense. And there’s not a pattern that goes into this. And I think for these reasons, I’m very comfortable that Joe Biden is who he says he is. He’s — and you know what, that’s all I’m going to say about it. I really resent the fact that every time a case comes up, all of us survivors have to weigh in. It is reopening wounds and it is — you know take us at our word, ask us for our opinion and Let’s Move on.”
TAPPER: “Just for the record, the reason I’m asking you is you’re the only Democrat on the show today, not because you’re a survivor and not because you’re a woman. Thank you so much for your time.”
WHITMER: “It’s not a criticism of you, you’re doing your job and I appreciate that. I’m just sharing I think some of the simmering, you know, anger that we survivors have every time, that we’ve got to confront this from someone else’s behavior that we weren’t a party to, that we weren’t even a part of the reality in the moment. What I think is this. We owe it to every woman who has a story, to listen to that story, and then to vet that story, ask the questions and be critical thinkers and then make the judgment based on all of those pieces. I’ve done that in this instance. And I’ll tell you this, I don’t believe that it’s consistent with the Joe Biden that I know, and I do believe Joe, and I support Joe Biden.”

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