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

MSNBC's Mika BrzezinskiMika Emilie BrzezinskiDe Blasio slams Cuomo: 'The bullying is nothing new' Brzezinski: 'You're not a patriot' if you don't support Trump impeachment Sean Penn jokes Russians hacked his hair in viral 'Morning Joe' appearance MORE is getting mostly positive reviews for her interview Friday with presumptive Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenThe West needs a more collaborative approach to Taiwan Abbott's medical advisers were not all consulted before he lifted Texas mask mandate House approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act 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 TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee MORE, asked Biden about his statements during Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughJustices hear sparring over scope of safeguards for minority voters Supreme Court faces landmark challenge on voting rights Will 'Cover-up Cuomo' be marching to 'Jail to the Chief'? 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.