- The Washington Times
Friday, May 22, 2020

The Judicial Crisis Network is launching an attack ad on presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden and his supporters over Tara Reade’s sex assault allegations.

The six-figure digital ad buy brands Democrats as hypocritical for believing sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, but not considering sexual assault allegations against Mr. Biden.

“It’s simple: Democrats believe the woman when believing the woman helps Democrats,” a narrator says in the ad.

The group normally focuses on supporting President Trump’s judicial picks but is expanding its repertoire with the $100,000 campaign to hit Mr. Biden’s character.

The 30-second ad shows Democrats touting the credibility of Justice Kavanaugh’s primary accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, without mentioning her name. Among the Democrats shown are failed presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Sen. Kamala Harris of California.

Other Democratic senators making an appearance are Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii.

“That’s what they said when Kavanaugh was accused with no evidence, but when their standard-bearer is accused of sexual assault — nothing,” the narrator says as Mr. Biden’s image flashes on the screen. “Silence.”

Ms. Reade, who has accused Mr. Biden of sexually assaulting her when she was a Senate aide and he was a Delaware senator, is not shown in the ad.

“The Kavanaugh allegation and how it was handled by the left has turned out to be the perfect foil for the Biden allegation and a master class in hypocrisy,” said Carrie Severino, Judicial Crisis Network president. “The contrast between the Democrats’ outrage in 2018 and their silence in 2020 could not be starker. In 2020 it’s now Joe Biden who is accused. Gone is the Democrats’ outrage. Yet the truth from 2018 remained unchanged: for the left, it’s all about politics and power.”

The ad is targeted at audiences in Alabama, California, Massachusetts, Michigan and the Washington area.

By focusing on California, Massachusetts and Michigan, the conservative legal group is aiming at the home turf for three of Mr. Biden’s potential running mates: Ms. Harris, Ms. Warren and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who told NBC she has had an opening conversation with Mr. Biden’s campaign about future work together.

The group’s decision to promote the ad in Alabama comes as incumbent Sen. Doug Jones, a Democrat, is facing a tough reelection battle that could determine the balance of power in the Senate and which party has authority over confirming the president’s judicial picks.

The Judicial Crisis Network has previously sought to leverage 2020 politics for its judicial agenda. In the summer of 2019, it ran an ad calling on Mr. Biden to release a list of potential Supreme Court picks.

Demand Justice, the group’s main liberal rival, is spending big bucks on election-year politics, too. In the seven days before Judicial Crisis Network announced its new campaign, Demand Justice spent more than $17,000 on variations of 30 ads across Facebook platforms mostly attacking Mr. Trump, according to data collected by Facebook Ad Library.

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