Nicole Wallace: 'The right is operating a smear campaign against Biden'

Nicole Wallace: 'The right is operating a smear campaign against Biden'
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MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace argued that "the right is running a smear campaign against 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" as the former vice president faces an allegation of sexual assault from former Senate staffer Tara Reade.

Wallace, a staunch critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSecret Service members who helped organize Pence Arizona trip test positive for COVID-19: report Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report MORE, made her comments while reacting to Biden's interview earlier Friday with MSNBC colleague 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, in which he denied the allegation. Biden also issued a statement saying the  alleged assault did not happen.

Top Democrats including House 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 (Calif.) have defended Biden, saying they do not believe the allegations are true, while Republicans and the Trump campaign and conservative party leaders have accused Democrats and the media of a double standard when it comes to Biden and 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, who faced sexual misconduct allegations during his confirmation hearings in 2018.

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Trump has also faced several sexual assault accusations, including columnist E. Jean Carroll, who accused him of raping her in a Manhattan department store in the 1990s, but he has strongly denied the allegations.

"Let me just say this to you having once been a part of the Republican party. The right isn't running an intellectually honest operation to get to the bottom of whether Tara Reade was victimized. The right is running a smear campaign against Joe Biden," Wallace opined.

"The right wants to create some sort of equal playing field on which Donald Trump's more than two dozen, or nearly two dozen accusers sort of have some company on the other side," she added.

"The right is not running the same operation that the Democrats are running which is to try to ... have some consistency around statements that I think just about every elected Democrat has made about women in the context of the #MeToo movement," she also said.