by Neil Patel
We live in a time when many people are so partisan that their views are easy to predict based solely on their political persuasion. If you’re a hardcore Republican, you’re pretty sure hydroxychloroquine is a solid treatment for COVID-19, and if you’re a big-time Democrat, you know hydroxychloroquine is ineffective and even dangerous. Our system is so partisan that nothing is beyond politics — even our choice of medicines.
This sad truth becomes flat-out tragic when it comes to topics like sexual assault. Former Joe Biden Senate staffer Tara Reade has accused Biden of sexually assaulting her back in 1993. The reality is nobody in the world besides Biden and Reade can know for sure what happened between the two of them back then. As is often the case with sexual assault, there were no witnesses. There are factors we can look at, such as what the alleged perpetrator and victim told others at the time. But even those are not definitive. What that means, in our political system, is that each side believes their guy no matter what.