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 BidenRon Johnson signals some GOP senators concerned about his Obama-era probes On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' 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 TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' 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 PelosiOn The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Bass on filling Harris's Senate spot: 'I'll keep all my options open' Win by QAnon believer creates new headaches for House GOP 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 KavanaughBiden hits back after Trump's attacks on Harris Trump and allies grapple with how to target Harris Joe Biden played it safe 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.