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Joe Biden Applauds Kavanaugh Accuser, Then One Question Makes Him Bolt

The former vice president, taking reporters' questions on Monday night, abruptly switched gears

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Speaking Monday evening about the number-one topic swirling about the capital these days, former Vice President Joe Biden showed his overwhelming support for Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.

President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh to replace the outgoing Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy back in July. But it wasn’t until Sunday that Ford, a California psychologist, publicly came forward via an article published in The Washington Post claiming that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her 36 years ago at a party in Maryland.

The alleged event occurred when they were both teens in high school.

Kavanaugh has vigorously denied those allegations.

Ford derailed the traditional Senate confirmation process when she came forward publicly after her anonymous allegation was leaked last week.

After Biden made his comments to reporters on Monday evening, everything changed when he was asked one particular question about the details of Kavanaugh’s and Ford’s past.

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Biden began by saying that when a woman comes forward, people should presume she is telling the truth.

“For a woman to come forward in the glaring lights of focus, nationally, you’ve got to start off with the presumption that at least the essence of what she’s talking about is real, whether or not she forgets facts, whether or not it’s been made worse or better over time,” said Biden, according to CNN and The Washington Post.

“But nobody fails to understand that this is like jumping into a cauldron.”

He went on to discuss the criticisms lobbed against Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, for holding onto Ford’s accusation letter for months as she did.

“Dianne’s getting beat up now for why didn’t she go forward. The one thing that’s not said is, of all the progress we’ve made in the country, #MeToo, you still have the fundamental question of, what is the individual’s right to come forward or not to come forward?” asked Biden.

However, one question from a reporter really seemed to get under his skin.

Ford’s allegations against Kavanaugh were from over 35 years ago, when he was just 17 and in high school.

Biden was asked if that should have any bearing on the conversation.

He refused to answer.

“What I’m going to do is I’m not going to answer any more questions … I’d be happy to talk about Ireland,” he said, referring to the fact that he had been taking reporters’ questions at the residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, Dan Mulhall, on Monday night.

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Was Biden right to fend off such a rude question the way he did? Or should topics like that not be off-limits if the country is in the midst of trying to have a serious national conversation about sexual assault?

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