Greenfield: What Do Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Have in Common? Sexual Harassment
“The Democratic Party has become an enabler to sexual predators,” Tara Reade, Biden’s former Senate staffer, who accused him of sexual assault, recently told an interviewer.
In May, Reade revealed that she tried to get Kamala Harris to listen.
“Kamala Harris is my representative, so I tried to reach out to her in particular for help, like I wanted to get a safe place to tell what happened. And I didn’t get a response. So I kept, again, trying to get it out there,” she said.
A senior adviser to the Kamala Harris campaign claimed that never happened.
Last year, Kamala Harris had expressed support for Democrat female activists who had complained about Biden touching them inappropriately. Many of the complaints were not new and Biden had not yet entered the campaign.
“I believe them and I respect them being able to tell their story and having the courage to do it,” Harris said, and implied that Biden might want to consider the consequences of running.
By next year, she had dropped out and was hoping Biden would pick her as the nominee.
Kamala Harris told a San Francisco Chronicle podcast that she would be “honored” to be chosen and defended Biden against Reade’s accusations by praising him as a feminist.
Within the space of a year, Kamala Harris had gone from believing Biden accusers to disbelieving them.
In 2019, she believed Biden’s accusers, but by 2020, she was insisting that the “Joe Biden I know is somebody who really has fought for women and empowerment of women.”
Like Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris built her career around powerful men. The most important of these was Willie Brown, the San Francisco political boss whom Kamala had an affair with, who gifted her with a BMW and, more valuably, an introduction to his political network.
Back then, the 60-year-old political boss would “go to a party with his wife on one arm and his girlfriend on the other.”
One of the women on his arm was Kamala, then in her twenties.
“I may have influenced her career by appointing her to two state commissions when I was Assembly speaker,” Brown coyly said. “And I certainly helped with her first race for district attorney in San Francisco.”
But there were women who didn’t fit on Brown’s arm and had a different experience.
In the 90s, two aides filed a lawsuit alleging that Willie Brown had fired them for reporting sexual harassment by one of his allies. They were able to settle their cases for $100,000.
“Under my leadership as speaker, the Assembly adopted a zero-tolerance policy against sexual harassment,” Brown claimed.
He neglected to mention that it was zero tolerance for women complaining about sexual harassment. The allegations against Connolly were investigated by a Brown ally and the future mayor took part instrategy sessions to smear the women to get them “to back off or go away”.
“As soon as we complained, the top man in the state Legislature was out to get us so he could protect his friend Tom Connolly,” one of the women claimed.
Connolly was sentenced to two years in prison shortly thereafter for taking a 14-year-old runaway to a motel and engaging in sex with her.
When Willie Brown protected Connolly, the Democrat had quite the past with allegations of cocaine use. The San Diego vice squad even caught Connolly with a pregnant hooker in his car.
Brown’s cover-up was backed up by future Rep. Jackie Speier who falsely claimed “at no time . . . did Brown become active or intervene”. Rep. Speier is a Kamala Harris ally who recently wrote a letter accusing Facebook of sexism for not removing criticism of the California senator.
A year later, a top Brown ally, John Barry Wyatt, was sued by an assistant who accused him of harassing and even assaulting her. The accuser was paid $59,500 to go away.
Wyatt was appointed Brown’s director of field operations.
His accuser claims that she was demoted to the typing pool, investigated, and forced to quit her job. The typing pool was where women who complained about harassment were dumped.
Wyatt’s accuser claimed that Brown had rejected the settlement and blamed him for what happened to her.
The Brown operative, who had also worked on Ted Kennedy’s campaign, had previously been arrested after being accused of raping a teenage hitchhiker at knifepoint.
This bottomless pit of sleaze was the way things were in the Brown camp. And Brown is the hub around which California’s Democrat politics, from its governor, to its two senators, and San Fran’s current mayor, has been built. They all owe a good deal to Willie Brown.
Did Kamala Harris not know what was going on at the time?
Her connection to these abuses may have been tentative, but that wasn’t the case with another powerful man.
In 2012, Kamala Harris endorsed Bob Filner for mayor. The Democrat politician was running to head San Diego, and he had a compulsive habit of groping and choking women.
A year later, ‘Filthy Filner’ had racked up seventeen accusers including a great-grandmother, a military veteran, a future congresswoman, and a rape victim.
Attorney General Kamala Harris negotiated a plea deal in which Filner served no jail time and wouldn’t even be listed in the state’s sex offender database.
Kamala had given ‘Filthy Filner’ the Jeffrey Epstein special.
But there was another powerful man even closer to Kamala Harris.
Larry Wallace had spent fourteen years working with Kamala Harris. He had been “a longtime aide and one of her closest professional confidantes” who followed her from job to job.
He ran her security, appeared in her campaign book, and acted as her senior adviser.
Wallace was accused of sexually harassing his assistant. Xavier Becerra, Kamala’s successor, settled for $400,000 with a non-disclosure agreement. That allowed Wallace to follow Kamala to D.C. as her senior adviser, until the story came out, and Wallace had to resign.
Wallace then got a job working as a corruption investigator for Contra Costa DA Diana Becton. Becton, who is backed by George Soros, was endorsed by Kamala. Becton has made headlines for profoundly mishandling the criminal justice system and illegally charging a couple who painted over a Black Lives Matter sign with a hate crime.
Becton was so close to Kamala Harris that she had even plagiarized one of her letters.
The Wallace case wasn’t unusual. Public records show that Kamala’s office looked a whole lot like Willie Brown’s office.
Under Kamala, the California DOJ had paid out over $1 million in sexual harassment and retaliation claims covering everything from groping to verbal harassment.
Kamala claimed that she was unaware of the Wallace lawsuit, but Nathan Barankin, her Deputy AG, who would normally have reviewed these matters, went on to become her Senate chief of staff, and then joined her Fearless for the People PAC.
All this made it very clear that nothing was going to change.
In the spring of this year, Senator Kamala Harris had already gotten into the business of covering up Joe Biden’s sexual assault problem.
Unlike the presidency, it’s a job that the new senator is wholly qualified for. Kamala Harris has little national experience and could potentially go from Attorney General of California to President of the United States in four years. But when it comes to stepping out on the arms of powerful men, and playing defense for their peccadillos, Kamala is overqualified.
Between Biden’s long history of inappropriate touching and the assault allegations, Kamala is likely to have her hands full.
Joe Biden’s habit of sniffing, stroking, kissing, and otherwise inappropriately touching women is not likely to improve as his mental condition declines. And it will be his running mate’s job to step out, smile, and repeat the familiar talking point that the, “Joe Biden I know is somebody who really has fought for women” while trying to keep his hands away.
This is the job that Kamala has been auditioning for since she was 29 and on Willie’s arm.
Even as the Democrats roll out false accusations of sexism against Republican critics, the real sexism had always been coming from inside their own house. Kamala has spent a quarter of a century looking away from or covering up sexual harassment by Democrat bosses. Her reward is repeating that the “Joe Biden I know is somebody who really has fought for women” until the fall of the year or until the day he dies.
“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard,” H.L. Mencken once observed.
Kamala Harris always knew what she wanted. Now she has it.