The Democrat’s hope of a November victory is quickly fading as Joe Biden is becoming increasingly plagued by the sexual assault allegations levied against him as more news breaks on the matter.
Biden’s downward spiral continued on Monday after two more individuals who knew former staffer Tara Reade personally in the 90s came forward to corroborate her claims of sexual misconduct by the now presidential candidate.
To make matters even worse for Biden – the two individuals are self-described Democrats.
Lynda LaCasse, a former next-door neighbor of Reade’s spoke on the record with Rich McHugh of Business Insider about past conversations they had with Reade about the allegations.
“This happened, and I know it did because I remember talking about it,” LaCasse said, recalling a conversation with Reade that occurred in either 1995 or 1996.
Another past acquaintance, Lorraine Sanchez, a former colleague, also recalled past conversations with Reade, though she said did not recall Reade referring to Biden by name.
“[Reade said] she had been sexually harassed by her former boss while she was in DC,” Sanchez told the publication, “and as a result of her voicing her concerns to her supervisors, she was let go, fired.”
Reade on Monday confirmed to Fox News the accuracy of how her conversations with LaCasse and Sanchez were described and expressed her deep gratitude towards them for coming forward.
“I am touched that they would step forward knowing the targeted harassment I have received since I made my history with Joe Biden public. I appreciate their candor and bravery,” Reade said in a statement.
LaCasse told Business Insider: “I remember her saying, here was this person that she was working for and she idolized him. And he kind of put her up against a wall. And he put his hand up her skirt and he put his fingers inside her. She felt like she was assaulted, and she really didn’t feel there was anything she could do.”
LaCasse said that Reade was “upset” when she told her about the allegation and “the more she talked about it, the more she started crying.” She said she remembered urging Reade to file a police report but did not recall specific details from the alleged incident, like the location or remarks Biden had allegedly made to Reade.
“I don’t remember all the details,” LaCasse told Business Insider. “I remember the skirt. I remember the fingers. I remember she was devastated.”
LaCasse said she lived in the same apartment complex as Reade in Morro Bay, Calif. She recalled how the two of them had talked about “violent stories” they’ve experienced, which was when Reade told her “about the senator that she had worked for and he put his hand up her skirt.”
“I personally am a Democrat, a very strong Democrat,” LaCasse said. “And I’m for Biden, regardless. But still I have to come out and say this.”
“I have to support her just because that’s what happened,” LaCasse said. “We need to stand up and tell the truth.”
Even in the midst of the disturbing controversy, Pelosi set it all aside to officially endorse Joe Biden for president for the first time on Monday.
Pelosi unveiled her pick for president in a video released by the Biden campaign and her House office. She did not address the sexual assault allegation, leveled Tara Reade, in the video.