Sometimes the media gets it right.

Jake Tapper interviewed Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper on Sunday.

Tapper had the guts to ask Whitmer why she believed Christine Blasey Ford (Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser) but not Tara Reade (Joe Biden’s accuser).

Whitmer used to be a “believe all women” type.  Now, she’s changed her tune.

“Not every claim is equal,” Whitmer said. Also, she said there was “no pattern” or abuse. 

However, a writer at RedState makes a very salient point:

But of course while there was no pattern with Kavanaugh, with absolutely no complaints about him before, there have been plenty of complaints and questions about Joe Biden, with multiple other women accusing him of inappropriate touching and a boatload of videos of him being creepy or sniffing people’s hair on the internet.

Jake Tapper pushed back on this, and we need to celebrate the fact that he held her accountable:

“You said you believe Vice President Biden. I want to compare that to 2018 when you said you believed Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford after she accused now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh of assault. Kavanaugh also, like Biden, categorically denied that accusation and Blasey-Ford, to be honest, she did not have the contemporaneous accounts of her view of what happened that Tara Reade does. You have spoken movingly about how you’re a survivor of assault yourself. Why do you believe Biden and not Kavanaugh? Are they not both entitled to the same presumption of innocence regardless of their political views?”


That’s powerful.

When Whitmer said, “Not every claim is equal,” Tapper revealed her true meaning.  Some claims are made against Republicans and some are made against Democrats.

That’s the bottom line, every time.


Hat Tip: Red State

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Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.