New Hampshire state Rep. Richard Komi, D-Manchester, has resigned amid backlash over his obvious suggestion that Tara Reade was “in search of consideration” and would have needed to have “cooperated” with former Vice President Joe Biden’s try and assault her if her allegation had been true.
“Judged by the place of the feminine vagina, it won’t be straightforward for anybody to simply put their finger into the vagina except their [sic] is a few cooperation from the feminine herself. That’s the reason I consider Tara Reade’s allegations [sic] is fake. She is in search of consideration,” Komi mentioned on Friday in a now-deleted tweet.
Shortly after that tweet, New Hampshire Home Speaker Steve Shurtleff referred to as for Komi’s resignation.
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“I’m appalled by Consultant Komi’s feedback. They had been dismissive and hurtful to survivors of sexual assault throughout the Granite State and throughout the nation,” Shurtleff mentioned. “The feedback will not be becoming for the New Hampshire Home of Representatives and instantly upon studying of them I referred to as him and requested Consultant Komi to resign his seat.”
In a letter despatched Saturday to Shurtleff, Komi mentioned he was resigning due to the tweet.
“I additionally need to supply my honest apologies to anyone whose emotions could have been damage by the tweets. I’m and can proceed to be a supporter of victims of sexual and home assault,” Komi mentioned in his letter, which was shared with The Related Press by a member of the Speaker’s workplace. “The tweets had been very poorly worded and don’t mirror who I’m and what I stand for. I ask for the forgiveness of all who’ve been a sufferer of sexual or some other form of assault.”
A Fb account that appeared to belong to Komi confirmed footage of him with Biden and his spouse. It additionally included a publish in regards to the Democratic Celebration’s unity in backing Biden for the 2020 presidential nomination.
Komi is a former refugee from Nigeria who settled in the USA in 1999 and was first elected to the state Home in 2008. Because the tweet, which Shurtleff and different Democrats noticed, Komi has made his twitter feed protected, which means solely those that adopted him earlier than the controversy can see his tweets. Anybody else have to be authorized.
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Komi’s resignation got here amid a broader dialog about the way in which each events dealt with accusations in opposition to outstanding public officers. Republicans have accused Democrats of making use of a double commonplace to Reade’s allegations and people in opposition to Supreme Court docket Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Former Georgia Rep. Stacey Abrams denied doing this when she defended Biden, whose ticket she’s all in favour of becoming a member of for the presidential election.
“Are you making use of a unique commonplace now?” CNN anchor Don Lemon requested on Tuesday.
“In no way,” Abrams responded, earlier than saying that Reade deserved to be heard.
“I believed then and I consider now that ladies should be heard as a result of too typically they don’t seem to be, and Tara Reade deserved to have her story listened to and investigated. What was taking place to Christine Blasey Ford was that there was no investigation — there was a rush to maneuver the dialog ahead in order that no investigation was performed,” Abrams mentioned. “I consider Joe Biden,” she mentioned, citing The New York Occasions’ and different stories.
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MSNBC confronted calls to fireside liberal host Chris Hayes after he reported on Reade’s allegations. In the meantime, White Home adviser Kellyanne Conway has expressed sympathy for liberals’ “consider all ladies” mantra whereas refusing to debate the numerous sexual misconduct allegations in opposition to President Trump.
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The Related Press revealed Saturday that its reporting uncovered two sources who claimed Reade had advised them about facets of her assault and harassment claims. They spoke on the situation of anonymity and added to the already-mixed bag of people both corroborating or casting doubt on Reade’s claims.
Reade claimed she advised three of Biden’s different employees members about harassment, though none of them reportedly mentioned they remembered listening to these allegations from her. Nevertheless, two different people, together with a former neighbor of Reade’s, corroborated her sexual-assault allegation in a report launched earlier this week.
The Related Press contributed to this report.