Mika Brzezinski lauded for pressing Biden on sexual assault allegations: 'Those weren't softballs'

MSNBC's Mika BrzezinskiMika Emilie BrzezinskiThe Memo: Trump's Scarborough tweets unsettle his allies Fox's Perino presses Trump official on Scarborough tweets: 'How does this help the president win?' Cheney says Trump should stop tweeting Scarborough conspiracy MORE is getting mostly positive reviews for her interview Friday with presumptive Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenOVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Murkowski, Mattis criticism ratchets up pressure on GOP over Trump| Esper orders hundreds of active-duty troops outside DC sent home day after reversal | Iran releases US Navy veteran Michael White Davis: 72 hours cementing the real choice for November OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump signs order removing environmental reviews for major projects | New Trump air rule will limit future pollution regulations, critics say | DNC climate group calls for larger federal investment on climate than Biden plan MORE, after the "Morning Joe" co-host grilled Biden on sexual assault allegations made against him by former Senate staffer Tara Reade.

The extensive interview from Biden's home studio in Delaware marks the first time he has addressed the allegations, which stem from a 1993 incident the ex-staffer first raised in March. 

“Did you sexually assault Tara Reade?” Brzezinski asked to kick the interview off.


“No, it is not true,” the former vice president replied. “I’m saying unequivocally it never, never happened and it didn’t. It never happened.”

In one of the most pointed moments of the interview, Brzezinski, a vociferous critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal plan to contain Washington protests employs 7,600 personnel: report GOP Rep calls on primary opponent to condemn campaign surrogate's racist video Tennessee court rules all registered voters can obtain mail-in ballots due to COVID-19 MORE, asked Biden about his statements during Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughWhy the Senate must vote against Justin Walker's nomination to the D.C. Circuit Court Senate panel sends Trump appeals court pick to floor in party-line vote Rosenstein takes fire from Republicans in heated testimony MORE's confirmation hearings supporting a woman making accusations against the nominee.

At the time, Biden said that when a woman comes forward to make allegations "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."

"What I said during the Kavanaugh hearings was that she had a right to be heard," Biden responded. "The fact that she came forward, the presumption would be that she was telling the truth, unless she wasn't telling the truth."

Positive reviews came in for Brzezinski on social media after the interview.


Brzezinski also won praise for pressing Biden on whether he'd agree to open records that might be held in his archives at the University of Delaware related to Reade.



One criticism of the interview regarded Brzezinski not asking about people who have publicly said that Reade told them of her allegations.

Biden is leading President Trump in the RealClearPolitics index of polls by 5.3 points.

Trump has also faced multiple allegations of harassment and assault from multiple women since announcing his candidacy in June 2015.