MSNBC host Chris Hayes responded to backlash he received this week after covering the sexual assault allegation against former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe coronavirus has exposed deep inequalities in how Americans pay for health careBiden asks secretary of Senate to locate Tara Reade complaintThe Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden addresses Tara Reade allegations: ‘This never happened’MORE, which resulted in the hashtag “FireChrisHayes” trending on Twitter.
A lot of people were unhappy with the fact we covered the story, which is why you may have seen the hashtag #FireChrisHayes trending on Twitter yesterday. Needless to say, I received a lot of feedback about the segment, which basically fell into three categories, the “All-In” host explained on his show Friday.
Hayes had focused a segment of his show Wednesday night on the allegation from Tara Reade, a former Senate aide who alleged in March that Biden sexually assaulted her in 1993. Hayes was the first prime-time host on the network to address the allegations on his show, citing information collected by a New York Times investigation.
The first category were people who basically said I dont believe Tara Reade, I believe Joe Biden, Hayes explained on his show.
He called the second group of critics the ‘I dont care category, saying it consisted of Democrats who see unseating President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump taps new ambassador to UkraineTrump announces new pick for HHS inspector generalHealth official: US should have banned travel from Europe earlier to slow spread of coronavirusMORE as an urgent priority.
And then the third category, which I got a lot of, that was the most disquieting to me, Hayes said. “A whole lot of people pointing to various aspects of Reades character or her writings or her politics as a kind of proof that shes not credible, shes making it up.
Hayes said some viewers pointed to Reades political affiliations, such as the fact that she supported former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBig banks are growing due to coronavirus that’s an ominous signDavid Sirota talks Amazon and employee safetySenate Democrats introduce proposal to pay businesses up to K per workerMORE (I-Vt), and previous positive comments shes made about Biden.
These are the things that have been used forever against women making these types of allegations, Hayes said. To me, the lesson of the ‘Me Too’ movement is not that you believe every allegation. Of course not, no.
The lesson is to take allegations seriously, to swiftly investigate the facts surrounding them as best as one can, while leaving aside the worst, age-old instincts to drag the women who make those claims through the mud.