House Speaker Nancy Pelosi scolded a reporter Thursday for comparing the sexual assault allegation against former Vice President Joe Biden to the accusations made against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Pelosi took several questions to wrap up her weekly press conference but appeared to lose patience when a reporter suggested that Democrats might be holding Biden to a different standard than Kavanaugh. (RELATED: Pelosi Fires Back At Trump: ‘Ice Cream In the Freezer’ Is Better Than ‘Lysol In Somebody’s Lungs’)
“As far as Biden is concerned, how do Democrats square with the idea that they are essentially standing by Biden but using a comparatively different standard with Kavanaugh,” the reporter asked. “They demanded an investigation on Mr. Kavanaugh when a very similar allegation came out toward him.”
Pelosi, who had endorsed Biden earlier in the week, interrupted, “Let me just say — I respect your question and I do not need a lecture or a speech.”
“I have complete respect for the whole #MeToo movement. I have four daughters and one son, and there is a lot of excitement around the idea that women will be heard and be listened to,” Pelosi continued, adding, “There is also due process, and the fact that Joe Biden is Joe Biden. There has been statements from his campaign, not his campaign but his former employees who ran his offices and the rest, that there was never any record of this. There was never any record. Nobody ever came forward to say something about it apart from the principal involved.”
Pelosi went on to say how proud she was to have endorsed Biden, citing his work on the Violence Against Women Act and calling him “the personification of hope and optimism.”
“I have a great comfort level with the situation as I see it, with all the respect in the world for any woman who comes forward, with all the highest regard for Joe Biden. That is what I have to say about that,” Pelosi concluded, drawing the press conference to an end.