President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s reelection campaign released an online attack ad Friday against former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE zeroing in on the sexual assault allegations against the presumptive Democratic nominee.
The ad shows clips of Biden and other Democratic leaders saying “we should believe women,” mostly in the context of the sexual assault allegation brought against Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughGOP senators urge Trump to back off Murkowski threat Judd Gregg: A government in free fall The 7 most anticipated Supreme Court decisions MORE last year during his nomination.
Biden on Friday for the first time publicly denied the allegations made in March by Tara Reade, a former Senate aide who alleges that Biden assaulted her in 1993. His campaign had previously denied the allegations.
The leaders featured in Trump’s attack ad have defended Biden against the allegations, but were critical of Kavanaugh.
“There will be a great temptation among Biden’s supporters to take his lackluster interview performance and declare ‘case closed’ and move on,” Erin Perrine, a Trump campaign spokeswoman, said in a statement. “We do not know what, if anything, was done to Tara Reade, but there cannot be one set of rules for Joe Biden and another set for everyone else.”
The Trump campaign and conservative party leaders have accused Democrats and the media of a double standard when it comes to Kavanaugh and Biden.
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Trump has also faced several sexual assault accusations, including columnist E. Jean Carroll, who accused him of raping her in a Manhattan department store in the 1990s.