Atlanta Mayor on Tara Reade Allegations: ‘That’s Not the Joe Biden I Know

By Melanie Arter | May 11, 2020 | 11:06am EDT
In this screengrab, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks during "Saving Our Selves: A BET COVID-19 Effort" airing on April 22, 2020. “Saving Our Selves: A BET COVID-19 Relief Effort” will provide financial, educational and community support directly to Black communities hit hardest by COVID-19. (Photo by BET2020/Getty Images for BET NETWORKS)
In this screengrab, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks during "Saving Our Selves: A BET COVID-19 Effort" airing on April 22, 2020. “Saving Our Selves: A BET COVID-19 Relief Effort” will provide financial, educational and community support directly to Black communities hit hardest by COVID-19. (Photo by BET2020/Getty Images for BET NETWORKS)

(CNSNews.com) - Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told CNN’s “State of the Union with Jake Tapper” on Sunday that Tara Reade, who accused former Vice President Joe Biden of sexual assault, should be heard and taken seriously, but her allegations should be vetted, and no one with any objectivity has been able to confirm the accuracy of her allegations.

“What the vice president has said has been completely accurate. He says that Tara Reade should be heard and should be taken seriously, but I think that we have to go to the next level and then vet what her allegations have been, and there has not been anyone with any objectivity who has been able to confirm that her allegations are accurate,” the mayor said.


“The Joe Biden that I know is a man who respects women, and, again, not just in his words, but in his deeds. He authored the Violence Against Women Act. He has been a very vocal proponent of making sure that women are protected across our college campuses, and that's not the Joe Biden that I know,” Bottoms said.

“When you talk about nobody with any objectivity, I mean, there are people in her world, her friends and apparently her mother, who vouched for what she is saying. I mean, I don't know what you mean when you say anybody with any objectivity. I mean, that seems a standard that very few accusers would be able to meet,” host Jake Tapper said.

"Well, what I mean by that is aside from people who know her personally. I'm referring to the media, who has had an opportunity to vet her allegations. Also, there has not been anyone who worked in the office at the time who could corroborate the allegations that she claims she made at the time, and also being mindful of the fact that her story has changed over time,” Bottoms said. 

The mayor has been mentioned as a possible VP pick for Biden. Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) called her a “tremendous VP candidate.”

When asked whether she agrees, Bottoms said, “Any time that Jim Clyburn speaks your name and he speaks it in a positive light, then that's certainly an honor. I think I'm a pretty great person. I don't know if my husband will agree with that, but I certainly think that Joe Biden has the right to pick whomever he thinks will help propel him to victory in November.

“So, it's an honor to have my name spoken in that light, but being mayor of Atlanta right now is a -- more than a full-time job, continuing to lead our city, but also in the midst of COVID-19,” she said.

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