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Burned by His Own Fire: Joe Biden Promoted Campus ‘Rape Culture’ Hysteria

Posted on | April 5, 2019 | Comments Off on Burned by His Own Fire: Joe Biden Promoted Campus ‘Rape Culture’ Hysteria


Ashe Schow reminds us that as vice president, Joe Biden was responsible for pushing the “affirmative consent” model:

While speaking to students at the University of New Hampshire in 2011, then-Vice President Joe Biden told men in the audience that “no matter what a girl does, no matter how she’s dressed, no matter how much she’s had to drink — it’s never, never, never, never, never OK to touch her without her consent.”

Biden never imagined that he would be forced to comply with the rules the Obama administration was imposing on college boys. The 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter led to the destruction of due-process protections, so that all male students were presumed guilty of rape the moment they set foot on campus. All it took was one accusation — from a drunken hook-up or an embittered ex-girlfriend — to have a male student expelled, and this regime had the effect of prohibiting heterosexual activity on U.S. campuses. Shifting the burden of proof to the accused, so that a male student was expected somehow to prove that he had obtained “affirmative consent” for everything that happened between himself and his partner, made any such activity impossible.

More than 100 lawsuits have been filed against universities by male students who say they were falsely accused and wrongly deprived of their constitutional rights under the rules implemented in the wake of the Obama administration’s “Dear Colleague” letter. If you’ve ever had the opportunity to speak to the accused students or their parents — as Ashe Schow and I have — you know how devastating that policy has been, and it’s wrong for Joe Biden’s defenders to complain now that this policy is being retroactively enforced against him. Tell that to the college boy who was expelled a few months before graduation because of unsubstantiated accusations by a girl he briefly dated his sophomore year.

Seven different women now say they were victims of Biden’s non-consensual groping, and the evidence against him is far more conclusive than in some of the campus cases with which I’m familiar. K.C. Johnson, who co-authored the must-read book The Campus Rape Frenzy, reminds us of why it is hypocritical for Democrats to defend Biden:

Biden responded with fury to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ ­attempts to create fairer procedures for adjudicating campus sexual assault claims. In a September 2017 conference call with victims’ rights activists, the former vice president derided DeVos’ supporters as “culturally Neanderthals.” . . .
Biden’s current situation recalls that of former Sen. Al Franken, who bitterly criticized DeVos’ ­Title IX policies, only to flail about in defending himself against allegations (mostly less serious than what Biden faces) of sexual misconduct. Ideologically boxed in, Franken couldn’t defend himself by challenging his accusers’ veracity, lest he appear to reject the party’s consensus about believing all complainants.
In an ideal world, Joe Biden would use his new experience as an ­accused party to champion fairer treatment across the board. More likely, he will fall back on a double standard, demanding that he receive the benefit of the doubt denied to others — especially students with far less power than he possesses.

Why did Biden think he could get away with groping women? Because he’s a Democrat, and expected liberal journalists to look the other way. Unfortunately for Joe, many of his would-be defenders in the media have been destroyed by their own #MeToo problems. Tom Brokaw, Charlie Rose, Tavis Smiley, Mark Halperin, Ryan Lizza, Matt Lauerthe list goes on and on, and what did Biden do to halt this anti-male witch-hunt before it became his turn to be burnt at the stake? Nothing.

Let Biden burn in the bonfire of feminist rage he did so much to kindle.




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