CNN’s Jake Tapper pressed Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) on whether she has a double standard for the sexual assault allegations that have been raised against former Vice President Joe Biden and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
In a remote interview with Whitmer (which had to contend with some visual difficulties), Tapper asked for her thoughts on Tara Reade’s accusations against Biden while he continues running for president. At the same time, Tapper noted how Whitmer said she believed Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations against Kavanaugh back in 2018, even though Ford did not have as many contemporaneous accounts as Reade to back her up.
“You have spoken movingly about how you’re a survivor of assault yourself. Why do you believe Biden and not Kavanaugh?” Tapper asked. “Are they not both entitled to the same presumption of innocence regardless of their political views?”