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Why is Trump so restrained about the Biden sexual assault allegation?

Added 05-25-20 09:11:02pm EST - “The president rarely misses a chance to sling mud but he has been uncharacteristically quiet about Tara Reade's claimSometimes Donald Trump portrays his election rival, Joe Biden, as a sleepy geriatric who should be in a care home…” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “Why is Trump so restrained about the Biden sexual assault allegation?”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Sometimes Donald Trump portrays his election rival, Joe Biden, as a sleepy geriatric who should be in a care home because “he doesn’t know he’s alive”. At others, the president speaks of Biden as a wily manipulator who conspired with the deep state and China.

But in this scattergun approach, the US president has been uncharacteristically reluctant to use what, in normal times, would seem standard political ammunition: an allegation of sexual assault.

It took more than a month after Tara Reade, a former Senate staffer, alleged on a podcast that Biden sexually assaulted her in a Capitol Hill basement in 1993, for Trump to publicly address the matter.

Even then, the US president’s comments on 30 April were unusually milquetoast. “I don’t know anything about it,” Trump said. “I don’t know exactly – I think he should respond. You know, it could be false accusations. I know all about false accusations. I’ve been falsely charged numerous times. And there is such a thing.”

Then, speaking on Fox News’s Fox & Friends, usually a comfort zone, he again declined to go for Biden’s jugular. “Look, he’s got to fight that battle,” he said. “I’ve had battles, too, where I’ve had false accusations, many times. I’ve had many false accusations made, I can tell you that. Many. And maybe it is a false accusation. Frankly, I hope it is, for his sake.”

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