While many news outlets devoted significant coverage to the claims of writer E. Jean Carroll and others who accused former President Donald Trump of inappropriate conduct, some of those same reporters and pundits turned a blind eye to the allegations of Tara Reade.
A former aide to President Joe Biden during his long U.S. Senate career, Reade insists that he victimized her about 30 years ago. Despite evidence lending credibility to her story, mainstream media have largely ignored the narrative.
Now, she claims that threats to her freedom and safety have forced her to leave the United States and seek refuge in Russia. During a press conference on Tuesday, she revealed the surprising move.
“I just didn’t want to walk home and walk into a cage or be killed, which is basically my two choices,” Reade asserted.
She made it clear that she did not take the “difficult” determination lightly.
“I’m not an impulsive person,” she said. “I really take my time and sort of analyze data points.”
The announcement came just weeks after she indirectly hinted that her life was in danger as a pair of Republican lawmakers — U.S. Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Matt Gaetz of Florida — invited her to share her allegations on Capitol Hill.
Well, the message is not so cryptic, rather direct information I would say. I will not be silenced or intimidated by aspects of my own government that act as a vassal for Joe Biden.
Thank you to those who care & support me ❤️
— Tara Reade 🐎 (@ReadeAlexandra) May 8, 2023
“I am not suicidal,” she tweeted at the time. “I should not be under investigation nor am I a foreign agent.”
This week, Reade clarified that she would be providing whistleblower testimony “about how the [Justice Department] and the FBI has [been] weaponized by the Biden administration against its own citizens,” adding that a prominent public official warned her that doing so could put her safety in jeopardy.
“As a U.S. citizen, to hear a U.S. congressman basically say they couldn’t protect me in a whistleblower case is stunning,” she added. “And it makes me angry.”
With the 2024 presidential campaign heating up, Reade reasoned that it would be an especially precarious time for her to remain in the United States, which prompted her move to Russia where she is currently seeking citizenship.
“I’m still kind of in a daze a bit but I feel very good,” she concluded. “I feel very surrounded by protection and safety.”