McCarthy calls Pelosi a 'hypocrite' for saying she's satisfied with Biden's response to Tara Reade allegations

McCarthy calls Pelosi a 'hypocrite' for saying she's satisfied with Biden's response to Tara Reade allegations
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyMcCarthy to offer bill withholding funds from states that don't protect statues McCarthy calls on Pelosi to condemn 'mob violence' after toppling of St. Junipero Serra statue The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Stagwell President Mark Penn says Trump is losing on fighting the virus; Fauci says U.S. 'going in the wrong direction' in fight against virus MORE (R-Calif.) on Thursday accused Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMilitary bases should not be renamed, we must move forward in the spirit of reconciliation Pelosi: Trump 'himself is a hoax' Women must continue to persist to rise as political leaders of America MORE (D-Calif.) of “being a hypocrite” for saying she’s satisfied with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden chips away at Trump's fundraising advantage The Memo: Trump grows weak as clock ticks down Nina Turner addresses Biden's search for a running mate MORE's response to sexual assault allegations levied against him.

The California Republican argued that Pelosi is using a different standard for Biden than she did with similar allegations against others, including Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughMcGrath fends off Booker to win Kentucky Senate primary Trump's mark on federal courts could last decades Supreme Court rules US requirements on overseas NGOs do not violate free speech MORE.

“She is being a hypocrite. You cannot say that Joe Biden — if you are just taking it on its nature — has she talked to Tara Reade, has she ever looked into it?  Joe Biden has not responded to this,” he told reporters during a press call on Thursday.  

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“You can't say one thing about every other time she has commented about any accusation and now say it is OK. She endorsed Joe Biden after knowing the Tara Reade situation," he added.

Tara Reade, a former Senate aide, last month accused Biden of sexually assaulting her in 1993 when he was a Delaware senator.

McCarthy's comments came shortly after Pelosi said she was “satisfied” with Biden’s response to the situation during an appearance on CNN. Pelosi also told reporters at a press conference on Thursday that she has “complete respect for the 'Me Too' movement” but that “there is also due process.” 

McCarthy noted that Biden has not directly responded to the claims. 

“So did anybody follow up with a question to the Speaker, when you went to endorse Joe Biden did you first look at this?” he continued. 

“And if she thinks his lack of response is a good enough response, then to me, that is being a hypocrite based upon the past comments she made on other situations she made similar to this," McCarthy said.

The Biden campaign has adamantly denied the accusation.